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The Breakfast Club Meets Just Before Supper in Highland Park

by David R. Bloom

   The perfect reason to stay loyal to Highland Park occurs every last Saturday of the month. The Arroyo Book Club meets at the Highland Park branch library at 3pm, and it is a good reminder of how a strong community endures despite the changes all around.

   On a Saturday afternoon, in a perfect world, I would be best put to task out gallivanting around for the evening’s dinner. I might be searching, in my wife’s mind, for a favorite cheese, or perhaps even heading out on my own free will wasting time to seek the perfect apéritif. Passing the library at the right time two weeks ago was a welcome diversion from both.

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BOOK REVIEW: Maria Nieto's 'The Water of Life Remains in the Dead'

from Brooklyn&Boyle:

by Abel Salas

The Water of Life Remains in the Dead, Maria Nieto. Moorpark, CA: Floricanto Press & Berkeley Press, 2012. Pp. 198. $19.95 (paper)

   With her second Alejandra Marisol mystery, author Maria Nieto—a real life biologist who teaches in the Bay Area and, as such, has an understandably more informed appreciation for the forensic sciences—has reached into a reserve of deft humor and a lifetime of personal observation to generate a proto-Chicana super-sleuth that we can as proud of as we are entertained by. Meet Alejandra Marisol, the intrepid protagonist of Nieto’s first two outings as a mystery suspense writer.


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