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“The Tears of Dark Water”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By Corban Addison Thomas Nelson 2015, 439 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi   In “The Tears of Dark Water,” his third novel, Corban Addison proves himself to be one of the prominent authors of his generation. He has a beautiful writing style that is both intelligent and gripping, moving the story along at an almost-perfect pace while deepening the layers of the characters’ personalities with each page. It is November 2011, and Daniel Parker and his 18-year-old son ... Read More »

MIHS Hosts World-Class Entertainment


Submitted By popular demand, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is once again bringing world-class entertainment to Marco Island. The first of several musical/variety shows begin this holiday season, with more to come next year. The performances will be held live onstage at the Rose History Auditorium (RHA) on Marco. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience these popular events. Later this month, on Saturday, November 28, Duo Romantico, the husband and wife team of Atilio and Christy Marinelli, will perform a Tribute to Andrea Bocelli. This classically trained tenor and soprano bring unforgettable chemistry to the RHA stage. As cousins ... Read More »

Performers Look Forward to 50th Anniversary Concert

The Nowhere Band’s guitar collection spans the period of the Beatles’ career. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley Modern Marco Island’s half century of existence will be commemorated with music at the 50th Anniversary Concert in the Park, set for November 21 at Veterans Community Park. The genre-spanning lineup will include Marco resident Jim Long, Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers, the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band and featured guest, Beatles tribute artists The Nowhere Band, whose repertoire spans the entirety of the Fab Four’s illustrious career. Based in Southwest Florida, The Nowhere Band brings the Beatles’ material to life for audiences by blending authentic period costumes and vintage instruments, with modern lighting ... Read More »

“Did You Ever Have A Family?”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Bill Clegg Simon & Schuster 2015, 253 pages Genre: Family Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.” ~ Thornton Wilder   Lolly Reid and Will Landis are getting married in the garden of her mother June’s spacious home in small town Connecticut. Her home has never been so full. Her ex-husband Adam is staying over, Lolly and Will of course, and June’s much younger boyfriend Luke Morey. Things had wound down, everyone retired to their rooms for the evening except ... Read More »

Center for the Arts… Presents Musical Interludes Series

The Gulfshore Tenors to perform at the  Marco Island Center for the Arts. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today the first intimate concert in its Musical Interludes Series to be held at the Center on November 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM. The evening will feature the Gulfshore Tenors, consisting of Luciano Marsalli, Bruno Guererro and Teddy Collins. The Gulfshore Tenors is a new group in the style of such famous “3 Tenors” as Carreras, Domingo and Pavorotti. The talented Gulfshore Tenors will be joined by soprano, Natalia Salazar. These artists have been performing together for several years, but only this year formed the grouping to appear at Marco Island ... Read More »

Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Lee Child Random House, September 2015, 402 pages. Genre: Suspense Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Admit nothing, even on your death bed. You might suddenly get better.” ~ Jack Reacher Jack is back in this 20th installment of this billion-dollar Lee Child enterprise. Be forewarned that Jack journeys to a very dark place in this adventure. If you are looking for chuckles or warm fuzzies, this is not the story for you. If you have previously read a Reacher novel or two you know that Jack started out as a kind of modern-day Lone ... Read More »

The Girl In The Spider’s Web


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By David Lagercrantz English Translation by George Goulding Alfred J. Knopf, August 2015, 432 pages Genre: Scandinavian Crime Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Throw me to the wolves and I’ll return leading the pack.” ~ Unknown   Like many readers, I was eagerly anticipating the release of the fourth Lisbeth Salander book. It has been a long time since the publication of the “Dragon Tattoo Trilogy” and the release of the films. Stieg Larsson, creator of the trilogy, died of a heart attack at age 50, before the books were published. He never ... Read More »

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Joseph J. Ellis Alfred A. Knopf, 2015 – 277 pages Genre: US History   “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and to our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” (Preamble, Constitution of the United States, 1787.) Turns out Lincoln was wrong when he stated, “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent ... Read More »

Marco Players Box Office Opens on September 8 for a Season of Love

Marco Players logo

Submitted The Marco Players Theater is raising the curtain for the 2015-16 season of love, which will bring romance, comedy and mystery to the stage. Join us opening night for “Champagne & Strawberries,” new this year to kick off the main productions. Visit to buy tickets, learn more about audition calls, or to volunteer with the oldest community theater on Marco Island. See you at the theater! Main Productions Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro. In a remote estate in the countryside of Connecticut, Jack Brooks, one of the most accomplished and eccentric painters of his generation, awaits the ... Read More »



BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By C.J. Box Minotaur (MacMillan) July 2015, 288 pages. Genre: Suspense   This is a terrific read. If you are already familiar with C.J. Box, you will not be surprised at that. The man is a w-r-i-t-e-r and an enthralling storyteller. Every word he puts on the page moves the plot along and deepens the character development so vividly that the reader can feel the very presence of these people. This book is made for one-sitting reads. Badlands features his newer character, Cassie Dewell, for the second time. She is in North Carolina at the ... Read More »

The English Spy


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Daniel Silva Harper Collins 2015, 484 pages Genre: Suspense   “No more tears now; I will think upon revenge.” – Mary, Queen of Scots   The above quotation from the epigraph page of The English Spy states exactly what this book is – the story of a manhunt. The fourth in a series about Israeli spy and assassin Gabriel Allon who sometimes dabbles in art restoration as a sideline, this book is bound to please any lover of thrillers and spy stories. You do not need to have read any of the previous Allon novels ... Read More »

Circling the Sun


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Paula McLain Ballantine Books (Random House) 2015, 384 pages Genre: Historical fiction   “For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, so dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.” – D.H. Lawrence Although Circling the Sun begins with the transatlantic solo flight of female pilot Beryl Markham, the title does not refer to her flying exploits. Instead, “the sun” is Denys Finch Hatton, the lover that Beryl shared with her good female friend Karen Blixen, names familiar to those who know Out of Africa. Shortly into the flight, a lightning bolt over ... Read More »

The Wright Brothers


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By David McCullough Simon & Schuster 2015, 303 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Gentlemen, I’m going to fly.” – Wilbur Wright to onlookers at Le Mans, France, 1908 All American kids learn about the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in very early grade school. We think we know them and their importance to aviation. Turns out we know nothing. David McCullough brings Wilbur and Orville to life in his inimitable style, fleshing out the rather stern looking men in the old black-and-white photographs. This biography gripped me within the ... Read More »



By Jake Erickson San Andreas This movie is by far one of the best disaster movies to come out in years with a creative plot, great actors and awesome animation techniques. The complexity of the events are complimented with an undeniable sense of suspense despite the security felt with some of the main characters. The biggest reason this movie really caught this authors’ interest is that we never precisely know when the next earthquake or traumatic event is going to happen. Life is unpredictable, and so was this movie. So many scenes in this movie are a must see! When ... Read More »

The Truth According To Us


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By Annie Barrows The Dial Press (Random House) 2015 491 pages Genre: Historical Fiction “Summertime and the livin’ is easy!” – Porgy and Bess Before you open this book, it would be wise to have a pitcher of lemonade or other favorite iced beverage at hand. Barrows’ description of the West Virginia sizzling summer weather will have you sweltering. Might help to have Miles Davis playing in the background as well. The time is Summer 1938 (three years after Porgy and Bess debuted). Miss Layla Beck has been shunned by her father, Delaware member of ... Read More »

Memory Man


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By David Baldacci, Genre: Suspense Grand Central Publishing, April 2015, 406 pages   A horrific scene is encountered by the reader at the very beginning of this latest novel from the prolific Mr. Baldacci. It is the memory of the murder of Amos Decker’s family in their own home – his wife Cassie, almost 10-year-old daughter Molly, and Cassie’s brother Johnny Sacks (is Baldacci a “Sopranos” fan?). Amos remembers coming home from work and finding the grisly scene that destroyed his life. He cannot not remember because he can forget nothing. For a few brief moments, ... Read More »

The Marco Players are Serving Up “A Summer Double Dip”

(Left to Right) Sylvia (Tracy Lane); Greg (Greg Madera, Director); Kate (Casey Cobb). SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Players is serving up “A Summer Double Dip” with two romantic comedies, Sylvia and Shooting Star. Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney, is a romantic comedy about marriage. A suburban couple, Greg (Greg Madera) and Kate (Casey Cobb) have left the suburbs behind and moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising. Greg brings home a stray dog bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. Greg finds comfort in his relationship with Sylvia (Tracy Lane) as an escape from his job and middle age. Kate sees Sylvia as a rival. After a series of hilarious complications, Sylvia ... Read More »

Leading Ladies

The cast of “Leading Ladies,” which opens on June 12. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the Island Theater Company’s upcoming summer production of “Leading Ladies” sponsored by Jump Hair and Nails and the Island Diet Center. The ITC Teen Troupe are back and delighted to bring you the hilarious comedy “Leading Ladies” by playwright Ken Ludwig. “Leading Ladies” will run from June 12 through June 20. Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, and seven in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, ... Read More »

Macbeth Presented Skillfully by MIA Students for MI Shakespeare Festival

Kaitlynn McRae (center) with  the cast of “MacBeth.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The greed, treachery, betrayal, deceit and drama encapsulated in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” were skillfully and passionately brought to life by students from the Marco Island Academy. The presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most renowned works graced the stage for five performances recently at the Marco Players’ theater. The play was put on by the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival, marking the third year in which the organization has collaborated with MIA on a production one of the Bard’s masterpieces. Battle-worn Macbeth, the doomed King Duncan, the conniving Lady Macbeth and prescience of the Wyrd Sisters all sprang from the ... Read More »

The Price Of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America’s Most Decorated Hero of World War II


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By David A. Smith Regnery History 2015, 256 pages Genre: Biography “After the war, they took Army dogs and rehabilitated them for civilian life. But they turned soldiers into civilians immediately and let ‘em sink or swim.” – Attributed to Audie L. Murphy According to Army records, during the 20 months he served in the European combat theater, Audie L. Murphy was responsible for the elimination of at least 240 enemy soldiers, thus saving an untold number of American lives. He was wounded seriously enough to be hospitalized three times. In return, he received 33 decorations ... Read More »