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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Lorraine Bracco

Yes, that's her. Dr. Melfi from the Sopranos, Dr. Rae Crane from Medicine Man.

Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco has been a fashion model for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dj for Radio Luxembourg, French and American film actress, and contributes to many charities and organizations that help people and our environment. Bracco has been a Judge on Top Chef, is a wine aficionado and owns Bracco Wines.

Lorraine Bracco's memoir "On the Couch" is a very candid, witty and open look at herself, her life, parenting, marriages, divorce, acting, as well as her experience with clinical depression. She now does advertising for Pfizer and encourages all who suffer from depression to seek help and not wait as long as she did.

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Stephen R. Lawhead

If you've ever read or heard the stories of Robin Hood it's possible that you've never known that the stories of this legendary figure stem back farther in time and beyond the traditional Nottingham Forest setting.

Stephen R. Lawhead has written a number of novels that have won him critical acclaim internationally as an author of mythic and imaginative fiction and history.

I've previously read the Pendragon Cycle books, Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur, Pendragon, and Grail. I found them enjoyable. He's written several other trilogies as well other novels and children's books.

However, I very much enjoyed this latest offering of "Hood." It is the first book of the "King Raven" series. His second, Scarlet is being worked on at present.

I've been in the vicinity of Nottingham Forest, and it is indeed a very small portion of what it once was, spreading across the land in a sea of green. The traditional stories about Robin Hood are always set in Nottingham Forest, in England.

Lawhead's research shows that the stories of Hood stem from a Welsh figure, and therefore his tale is set not in Nottingham, but in Wales.

I found it thoroughly enjoyable. I'll be keeping an eye out for Scarlet's debut.

Stephen Lawhead

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Ted Bell

Move over the Saint, James Bond and Dirk Pitt! Literature has a new adventurous hero. Ted Bell's character Alexander Hawke burst onto the scene in "Assassin."

The Vice Chairman and Worldwide Creative Director of Young & Rubicam, (one of the largest advertising agencies in the world) Theodore "Ted" Bell has entered the lists of authors as an author with prestigious credentials.

In addition to writing screenplays for Hollywood, Ted Bell has won a number of awards. Among them, "every top creative prize the industry bestows, Clios, One Show Gold Awards, a number of Bronze, Silver and Gold lions at the prestigious Cannes Festival."

His first book was "Nick of Time," which is an adventurous tale likened to those by Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote Kidnapped, Treasure Island, both classic tales beloved by children and adults. Nick of Time chronicles Nick and his sister Kate's adventures at the end of which they find themselves heros.

Assassin was his second book and Alex Hawke was introduced along with a rich cast of characters, each of whom would be worthy of books following their own adventures.

Following Assassin was Pirate. The scenario within the story was right off the headlines and intertwined with today's issues and woven into action packed adventure for Alex Hawke and his team.

SPY is his latest novel. Bell's imaginative writing in this book touches upon incidents that happen along the US border with Mexico, drawing the threads of what happens there and twining them around the open and clandestine warfare with evil deep in the Amazon jungles.

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