Reader's Digest Condensed Books Author:Reader's Digest Volume 4 1992 — In this volume: — "SUCH DEVOTED SISTERS" by Eileen Goudge — Daughters of a famous actress, Annie and Laurel grew up in a glamorous but troubled home. When the tensions became intolerable, they fled to New York City in quest of success and love. they had their talent, their determination, and their fierce loyalty to each other. Bu... more »t can that loyalty survive amid the pressures and temptations of the big city? Or will the sorrows and secrets of the past tear the sisters apart? A captivating journey through the worlds of Hollywood, Paris, and Manhattan from best-selling author Eileen Goudge.
"RULES OF ENCOUNTER" by William P. Kennedy
1914: As war rages in Europe, a young British naval hero, William Day, is secretly shipping American supplies to England on board neutral ships. Dedicated, fiercely patriotic, Day knows he is flouting all the rules of traditional warfare. But this, he believes, is a time when rules are made to be broken. Too late he realizes he's a pawn in a ruthless game -- and that he's jeopardized the life of the woman he loves. From the author of "Toy Soldiers", a page-turner from the opening sentence.
"THE LOVE CHILD" by Catherine Cookson
In the little Victorian village of Fellburn it wasn't enough that a family was loving and happy. Nathaniel Martell and Maria Dagshaw had never wed, and therefore their six children were gillyvors -- born out of wedlock, objects of ridicule. And yet, despite the harassment and physical abuse, they were a family bound by love. But was love enough to hold the family together? A poignant, uplifting romance by one of the most beloved novelists of our time.
"AMERICAN GOTHIC: The Story of the Booth Tragedy" by Gene Smith
They met regularly at Mrs. Surratt's boardinghouse, in Washington, D.C. There were six or seven of them, the talk always dominated by the dark, intensely handsome John Wilkes Booth, of the much acclaimed acting family. That talk was destined to erupt into one of the most tragic episodes in this nation's history. The author of "When the Cheering Stopped recounts the harrowing story of the star-crossed Booths and the assassination of the sixteenth President of the United States.
From the back:
The Mystery That Won't Go Away
Few episodes in American history continue to fascinate as does the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Even today, a hundred and twenty-seven years later, mysteries surround the event. What provoked John Wilkes Booth -- a gifted, popular actor -- to commit his desperate, infamous act? What was the meaning of his final words -- "Useless, useless"? Gene Smith's "American Gothic", beginning on page 477 of this volume, brings the historian's penetrating eye to this tragedy, and to the lives of the eccentric, charming, and strangely haunted members of the Booth family.
One sign of the event's continuing interest is the thousands of people who each year come to Washington, D.C., to retrace the steps of the conspirators. They go to Mary Surratt's boardinghouse, where the plot was hatched. They stand in Ford's Theatre, staring in mute wonder at the stage onto which Booth leaped, crying, "Sic semper tyrannis," after delivering his fatal shot. On what is now Highway 301 they can see the stone monument that marks the place where Booth died, shot by a Union soldier.
Or was he? Many people contend that he eluded his pursuers and actually died thirty-eight years later, after living a quiet, unobtrusive life in Enid, Oklahoma. If so, then who lies buried in Green Mount Cemetery in Maryland?
The mysteries persist. What is the true story? What is fiction and rumor? Read "American Gothic" and decide for yourself.