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It’s Sunday evening, the weekend is lost, and I need to go in two different directions.  To avoid a total lost, I am going to breezily mention two well written page-turners not to be missed.

Fantasy writing is not something I turn to unless recommended by someone I trust, so I came as a fresh reader to Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  The writing is joined with altered vintage photographs in a story that moves from Florida middle class to an isolated Welsh island in a break in time and realities.  It is a quick read well worth your time.

The second page-turner is a world away from Riggs’ book as it is a detailed history of a gay discrimination case argued before the Supreme Court of the United States.  Dale Carpenter makes Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized  Gay Americans fresh and compelling as he follows the bungling Texas officers, the unlikely and not so camera perfect victims, the politics of putting together a case before the Supreme Court, to the strange collection of judges on the highest court in our land.

It is truly a crazy way to settle an important issue in our society.  Texas will not surprise you but the arguments and politics of the case will, a great book about a case affecting every corner of your neighborhood.  Look up and you will see.  Charles Marlin

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