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Katherine Hazelwood

If your dry cleaning’s been ruined or your new car turns out to be a lemon, don’t get mad — get an apology, your money back, or someone fired. That’s what Ellen Phillips, founder of Ellen’s Poison Pen, does for her clients. Some of her advice in Shocked, Appalled, and Dismayed: How to Write Letters of Complaint That Get Results — keep receipts, document everything — is basic.

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Elmore Leonard, Cuba Libre

When American horse breaker Ben Tyler is hired to run guns to Cuba on the eve of the Spanish-American War in 1898, he knows it?s a dicey proposition. Once there, he?s sur- rounded by the Guardia Civil, Cuban revolutionaries, and, of course, a beautiful love interest, none of whose allegiances are clear. On a wild quest to secure a $40,000 ransom for a staged kidnapping, Tyler encounters a series of double crosses and a goodly amount of bloodshed. Leonard fans may be surprised by the locale and time frame of this novel?his 34th?but they won?t be disappointed.

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When American horse breaker Ben Tyler is hired to run guns to Cuba on the eve of the Spanish-American War in 1898, he knows it’s a dicey proposition. Once there, he’s surrounded by the Guardia Civil, Cuban revolutionaries, and, of course, a beautiful love interest, none of whose allegiances are clear. On a wild quest to secure a $40,000 ransom for a staged kidnapping, Tyler encounters a series of double crosses and a goodly amount of bloodshed.

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Underneath his gentle, regular-guy exterior, John Candy was plagued by excess and insecurity, says author and cultural journalist Knelman. Why else would a man whose father died of a heart attack at the age of 35 drive his own weight into the 300-pound range, all the while drinking, chain-smoking, and accepting nearly every film role offered, no matter how abysmal or grueling? But while Knelman poses just such questions, he settles for repetitive and vague reminiscences of friends and colleagues and his own assumptions to answer them.

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Her father’s abandonment and mother’s neglect lead young Ingrid Boone to promiscuity, drug addiction, and membership in a murderous satanic cult in Man Crazy. All before she discovers true love and a healthy sense of self, that is. Faithful Joyce Carol Oates readers may find hints of her insight, but others may be dazed from too many debasing, uncomfortable sexual encounters, lurid deaths, improbable circumstances, and just plain weird behavior.

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