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The Art of the Shelf Talker

There is definitely an art to writing a shelf talker. How do you distill everything you love about a book into a few short sentences? Because that is one of the key points of a great shelf talker – it must be SHORT. I tell

Eric Boss reviews WILD BILL

The subtitle here is “The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter”. Clavin has gone to great pains to assure accuracy, since the myths surrounding the figure of J.B. Hickok abound. One of the first true media celebrities, his fictional adventures were published extensively


Best known for his NYT bestselling thrillers, the author has produced a fine piece of historical writing that adds materially to the chronicle of our country’s revolution, and particularly our first president. It is ground well covered but the title incident is not.