Jasper Fforde is at it again. In "The Woman Who Died a Lot," the seventh book in his absurdist fantasy crime fiction series, we spend a week with Thursday Next, the leading enforcement officer from the Bookworld.
As the story opens Thursday is still recuperating from some of the injuries that she sustained in a previous book when she is offered the gig as chief librarian at the Swindon All-You-Can-Eat-at-Fatso's-Drink Not Included Library.
Julia Reichert joined Niki Dakota on Excursions to talk about the upcoming premiere of the short documentary Sparkle. Reichert is an award winning documentary film maker with her partner Steve Bognar. This latest film tells the story of Sheri 'Sparkle' Williams a dancer with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) and her journey after what should have a career ending injury and the history of the DCDC. Williams has been dancing with the DCDC since she was nine and since then has become central to the company.
The development of the railroad system in America was instrumental in the expansion of the nation that took place during the 19th Century. Without the railroads things might have turned out rather differently.
Christian Wolmar has written extensively about railroads. In "The Great Railroad Revolution," Wolmar's scintillating history of the development of the railroad system in America, readers will discover how this crucial expansion of railroads took place.