Christmas books

Book given, to Mom: Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.” Also, a $25 Amazon Kindle Fire gift card to my sister. Books received: “Wild Tales,” by Graham Nash; Simon Winchester’s “The Men Who United the States,” and “The Passage of Power,” Volume IV …

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The character’s voice

I’m reading Robert Goldsborough’s “prequel” to the Nero Wolfe books, “Archie Meets Nero Wolfe”. It’s okay. Archie’s language is much more refined in this than it was in the early books Stout wrote. He was a true roughneck in “Fer de Lance,” “The League of Frightened Men,” “The Rubber Band,” “The Red Box,” and “Too …

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