Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson The good news is that “Eligible” is not one of the “Gone Girl” or “The Girl On The Train” wannabes that are pervasive these days. The other news is that while it is a satisfying read, it is not even a shadow of Jane Austen’s ... Read More »

Two to See at Marco Players

Karen Ezrine and Mitch Eil - “2 Across”.

Submitted Theater-goers will love the two current plays at Marco Island’s oldest non-profit theater, the Marco Players Theater. The Man Who Married His Mother-In-Law  When Gerald’s (Greg Madera) mother-in-law finds out she hasn’t long to live, Gerald concocts a plan to keep her estate “in the family.” But when they move down to Florida to wait out her death sentence ... Read More »

Forty Martyrs


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   Forty Martyrs  By Philip F. Deaver Burrow Press, March 29, 2016 – 231 pages Genre: Short story collection Collier County Library: No Deaver is a new-to-me author and a pleasant discovery. He is on the English faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His previous publications have received acclaim and awards. This collection of ... Read More »

Try Not To Breathe


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   Try Not To Breathe By Holly Seddon Ballantine Books, February 2016 – 369 pages Genre: Mystery/Thriller   Anyone who enjoyed “The Girl On The Train” might like this book very much. I didn’t care for the Hawkins book, but I found this one intriguing. The protagonist, Alex Dale, is a self-destructive barely functional alcoholic ... Read More »

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air
By Paul Kalanithi
Random House 2016 – 258 pages
Genre: Memoir
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “When there’s no place for a scalpel, words are the surgeon’s only tool.” – Paul Kalanithi At age 36, in the last year of his neurosurgery residency, Paul Kalanithi discovered he had stage IV lung cancer. For the next 22 months, he and his wife Lucy, an internal medicine physician, awoke each day focused on living, ... Read More »

Marco Players Theater Presents Beauty & the Beasts

John McKerrow, Mary Anne McAvoy  McKerrow and Michael McAvoy will be performing in “Taste of Broadway – Beauty and the Beasts.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted On February 20, 2016, Marco Players Theater will present “Taste of Broadway – Beauty and the Beasts.” Performing some favorite Broadway show tunes that evening will be John McKerrow, Mary Anne McAvoy McKerrow and Michael McAvoy. Songs will include solos, duets and trios from shows such as, “Man of La Mancha,” “On the Town” and “Beauty and the Beast,” ... Read More »

Musical Spoof Saga of Roaring Gulch Returns


Submitted The box office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the Island Theater Company’s upcoming production of “Saga of Roaring Gulch,” written by Jack L. Canon and sponsored by Clausen Properties. The Island Theater Company (ITC) is delighted to bring back this musical spoof of the old Wild West, originally performed to sold-out Marco audiences twenty years ... Read More »

February Events at Rose Auditorium

Presidential Re-enactors: Front - Adams, Jefferson; Back - Grant, Eisenhower. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted This month, the Marco Island Historical Society is bringing to Rose Auditorium first-class entertainment that islanders will not want to miss. February 8, 2 PM & 7 PM: Presidential Re-enactors, “Mr. President” For the past several years, Marco Island Historical Re-enactors, in cooperation with the Historical Society, has produced a series of remarkable productions, all centered on First Ladies ... Read More »

The Last Anniversary


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Liane Moriarty Harper Collins 2006, 388 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you might as well make it dance.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Warning: Do not read this book in the vicinity of sleeping babies or people with a nervous disposition. ... Read More »

My Name Is Lucy Barton


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Elizabeth Strout Random House, January 2016, 193 pages Genre: Domestic fiction This book is not for everyone, but if you liked “Olive Kitteridge,” by this same author (which won her a Pulitzer), or “Someone,” by Alice McDermott, chances are that you will enjoy this book immensely. It is a masterpiece, a book that you know ... Read More »

Goldeneye Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Matthew Parker Penguin Books 2015, 387 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “My contribution to the art of thriller-writing has been to attempt the total stimulation of the reader all the way through, even to his taste buds.” ~ Ian Fleming   The James Bond movie franchise is 53 years old ... Read More »

Marco Players Present Same Time, Next Year


Submitted Same Time, Next Year a romantic comedy by Bernard Slade ran four years on Broadway, winning a Tony Award. Directed by Richard Joyce, a 50-year theater veteran, Same Time, Next Year plays out the saucy romance and hilarious habits of two people who have an affair each year for 24 years while married to other people! Director Richard Joyce ... Read More »

Lunch Box Series


Submitted The Lunch Box Series is a wonderful lunchtime treat that includes lunch, a show and conversation with the cast after the show, all for $28 each! On January 9, 2016 “The Black Queen,” Catherine de Medici, will be performed by Janina Birtolo. “The Black Queen” tells the intriguing story of the Renaissance woman who never expected to be a queen, ... Read More »

“The Crossing”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Michael Connelly Little, Brown and Company, November 2015 400 pages Genre: Suspense/Mystery Collier County Public Library: Yes   In his 20th Harry Bosch novel, Michael Connelly reunites Harry with his half-brother Mickey Haller, the defense attorney from “Lincoln Lawyer.” Connelly first matched them up in “The Brass Verdict” (2008). But make no mistake, this is ... Read More »

“The Tears of Dark Water”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »

“Did You Ever Have A Family?”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com 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 ... Read More »