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Independent Arts - News, notes and quotes on the Arts world. Nine decades ago, on February 2 1922, Ulysses was born.

Independent Arts - News, notes and quotes on the Arts world

It arrived in a handsome turquoise cover, its face embossed in gold. (At least, it did in Paris. In the UK it remained banned for a further fourteen years, on account of a masturbation scene.) Over the years, this iconic Modernist text has been written about and written about. But one of its most important lines is not often enough discussed. By the time he scrawled those words, James Joyce had long been working to claim the term “epiphany” on behalf of secular literature. Joyce, however – an atheist with profoundly Catholic roots (which he described as “black magic”) – felt that the term could more usefully be applied in a humanist context. (Several years prior to writing this passage, Joyce himself had begun to create a group of seventy-one fleeting, disembodied epiphanies, ranging in content from the supoernatural to the mundane. The rest, as they say, is history. These authors ease us into a new year with page turning suspense. Believing the Lie Elizabeth George Dutton, 610 pp., $28.95 Still recovering from the death of beloved wife Helen, Inspector Thomas Lynley (aka the Earl of Asherton) is sent undercover to the Lake District of England to investigate the drowning of a rich man's son.

These authors ease us into a new year with page turning suspense

Meanwhile, in London, his working-class colleague Barbara Havers juggles personal setbacks while still trying to help Lynley on the sly. What follows is a rich, multilayered tale of the effects of secrets and lies on various characters. Grade: A- The Jaguar T. Dutton, 358, pp., $26.95 By turns action-packed and sluggish, this uneven story from the usually polished Parker explores Mexican drug cartels. Breakdown Putnam., 431 pp., $26.95 Sara Paretsky Chicago private eye V.I. The Hunter John Lescroart Dutton, 387 pp., $26.95 San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt, adopted as a child, receives a text: "How did your mother die? " All I Did Was Shoot My Man. Christie's mysteries. Was there ever a writer who, on the face of it, looked less destined for literary immortality than Agatha Christie?

Christie's mysteries

Born Agatha Miller, naturally shy and brought up in a cosseted Edwardian home in the seaside town of Torquay, she toddled in the shadow of older siblings. ('Agatha's so terribly slow' was the family consensus on Christie as a child.) In adolescence, Christie enjoyed reading mysteries - Sherlock Holmes and Anna Katharine Green's The Leavenworth Case were particular favorites - and, egged on by her beloved mother, she experimented with writing romances and other ladylike fiction.

But it was not until her much more dazzling older sister Madge (who fancied herself the budding writer in the family) issued a dare that Agatha stepped daintily into her life's work. In her recently reissued autobiography, Christie recalls the momentous conversation in which she told Madge that she 'should like to try (her) hand at a detective story': ' 'I don't think you could do it,' said Madge. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore - Page 2. Review: The Skinny on Success: Why Not You? by Jim Randel.

Reviewed by Leigh A.

Review: The Skinny on Success: Why Not You? by Jim Randel

Everyone should have at least one good inspirational book on their bookshelf. It will get you through tough times by reminding you of the courage of your convictions. It will force you to re-examine the choices you’ve made – not as mistakes but as corrections you might want to make. And, like any good book, it will grab your attention no matter when you decide to pick it up. And if you’re still searching for that one good book, The Skinny on Success should be your next read. Even if you aren’t a fan of animation, The Skinny on Success will draw you in. The book is admittedly, not perfect. But if these imperfections weren’t there, the book would feel more like a manual and less a friendly chat with a successful business contact.

This book is a message of hope to anyone who has dreamed an impossible dream, or anyone in the process of trying to make their dreams a reality.