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Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

In Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, sixteen-year-old Samantha D'Angelo has death on the brain. Her summer internship at the local newspaper has her writing obituaries instead of soaking up the sun at the beach. Between Shelby, Sam's boy-crazy best friend; her boss Harry, a true-blue newspaper man; and AJ, her fellow "intern scum" (aka the cute drummer for a band called Love Gas), Sam has her hands full. But once she figures out what—or who—is the best part of her summer, will she mess it all up? As Sam learns her way around both the news room and the real world, she starts to make some momentous realizations about politics, ethics, her family, romance, and most important—herself.

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Alan Bisbort

Whether Inspiring, Incomprehensible, insightful, bleak, or absurd, last words can be spoken by the living as well as the dying. Among the dying, last words are truly final, as was the case with Dylan Thomas, who uttered "I've just had eighteen straight whiskeys. I think that's the record." Famous Last Words records the parting shots of dozens of folks no longer with us, from those dead for political reasons to those who themselves decided to end it all. And it records the words of those who went on with their lives after uttering a memorable farewell but whose reputation was made by their words, often to their lasting frustration, such as the infamous Richard Milhous Nixon: "You won't have me to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference." Famous Last Words also preserves the last words of those inhabiting the world of fiction, whether in a book, on the stage, in a movie or on TV. Blanche DuBois's "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers" ranks right alongside Charles Foster Kane's "Rosebud" and Sidney Carton's "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done. . . ." The mutterings of the imagined are always floating around in our culture's consciousness, kicking lustily. Author Alan Bisbort consulted unimpeachable sources and original texts in compiling this compendium of 140 choice good-byes. But not only the farewells capture our attention: Bisbort's concise, witty, and informative text adds revealing context to the quoted words. Famous Last Words is fascinating, illuminating, and immensely rewarding. Reading through the pages may reveal some unifying impulse behind all those bye-byes; if so, you have truly stumbled uponthe meaning of life.

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Alison Booth

Famous Last Words traces a broad historical transition- from the 1840s to the 1980s- from the more rigid dichotomy of the Victorian novel, in which good women must marry and fallen women die, to the more open alternatives of twentieth-century fiction, which sometimes permit the independent female protagonist to survive and occasionally allow alternative constructions of gender as well as plot. Each essay treats a narrative- novel, novella, or novel poem- by a single author in light of conventions of closure and of gender in historical context. The contributors recover forgotten texts, revise our understanding of women writers once successful, but now somewhat marginalized, and give voice to cultural "others." Works by the already canonized George Eliot are reassessed, and the representation of women in the canonical novels of male writers William Thackeray and Henry James is explored.

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Katie Alender

Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender. Now in paperback! Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message. Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer. All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life. Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem -- and the movies.

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Laura Ward

Contains an anthology of famous last words, quotes, deathbed scenes, epitaphs, and obituaries from a number of notable individuals including Bob Hope, Alexander Blackwell, and Roman Emperor Vespasian.

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Timothy Findley

In the final days of the Second World War, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley scrawls his desperate account on the walls and ceilings of his ice-cold prison high in the Austrian Alps. Officers of the liberating army discover his frozen, disfigured corpse and his astonishing testament--the sordid truth that he alone possessed. Fascinated but horrified, they learn of a dazzling array of characters caught up in scandal and political corruption. The exiled Duke and Duchess of Windsor, von Ribbentrop, Hitler, Charles Lindbergh, Sir Harry Oakes--all play sinister parts in an elaborate scheme to secure world domination.

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Katie Alender

Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender. Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message. Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer. All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life. Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem -- and the movies.

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Annie Sanders

From the authors of bestseller Goodbye, Jimmy Choo, this is the touching and bittersweet story of one woman's struggle to let go of her worst fears and, in doing, realise her dream life. Lucy has always been a bit of a control freak - a single mother, with her own business, she has never been one for taking risks, has never, in fact, been brave enough. She may have had ambitions in the past, but following them would be madness - or so she thinks. Then, one evening, a fortune teller looks into her future - and learns that she doesn't have one. Sceptical, Lucy decides to ignore the warning until other prophecies made by the man begin to come true. His prediction pushes Lucy to throw caution to the wind and so begins a race against the clock to live a life of fulfilment all in a matter of days. During this adventure, she faces her demons, confronts people from her past who have annoyed or upset her,and risks the thing that she has guarded most fiercely - her heart. But, after all this, will she actually live to regret it?

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Sean Lynn

"A gripping, witty, fiendishly clever thriller." (Reveal) "You'll be engrossed... a gem of a page-turner." (Now) "If you're looking for a real thriller, this is it... guaranteed to keep you guessing." (OK!) A paradise island. A celebrity guestlist. A brutal murder... When Carter Bayley, the most powerful man in television, invites his famous friends for a weekend on his private island, the stage is set for three days of birthday celebrations. But it's a volatile mix of celebrities, wannabes and has-beens... and ego clashes quickly threaten to poison the festivities. As old rivalries turn nasty and murky secrets surface, it also becomes clear not everyone is who they claim to be. Unbeknownst to the A-list guests, a violent storm is closing in and soon they will be stranded in the middle of the Adriatic Sea with a body on their hands and a killer in their midst. Now their best hope is their worst nightmare - a disgraced tabloid journalist, who must race to unravel a sinister mystery before the murderer makes one last horrifying move... An homage to the golden era of murder mysteries, a biting commentary on modern celebrity culture and a sly expose of media skullduggery, Famous Last Words is a riotous tale of beautiful people doing ugly things. With a cast of glamorous characters and an unconventional detective who might well be out of his depth, it has already been hailed as an original and refreshing take on the classic whodunnit, a gripping thriller and an inventive slice of contemporary crime fiction.

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Claire Cock-Starkey

Who said ‘I should have drunk more champagne’? Did Nelson really utter ‘Kiss me Hardy’ from his deathbed? Which statesman was, at the end, ‘bored with it all’? Which king begged, ‘Let not poor Nelly starve …’An extraordinary number of deathbed sayings have been recorded over the years, some proving irresistible to embellishment, others displaying wry humour, still more showing remarkable lucidity in the final hours of life.The last words of politicians, kings, queens, actors, philosophers, scientists and writers are sometimes profound, sometimes prescient, often strange, funny and usually poignant. They can reveal the essence of an extraordinary life or tell us something about a celebrated person’s final hours.In our ultimate moments, it seems, we are not averse to cracking a joke, losing our temper or begging for help from those we are leaving behind. The most interesting, controversial and insightful of these exit lines are collected here, from deathbed desperation to the fondest of farewells.

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Timothy Findley

In the final days of the Second World War, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley scrawls his desperate account on the walls and ceilings of his ice-cold prison high in the Austrian Alps. Officers of the liberating army discover his frozen, disfigured corpse and his astonishing testament - the sordid truth that he alone possessed. Fascinated but horrified, they learn of a dazzling array of characters caught up in a scandal and political corruption.Famous Last Words is part-thriller, part-horror story; it is also a meditation on history and the human soul and it is Findley's fine achievement that he has combined these elements into a web that constantly surprises and astounds the reader.

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Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Sixteen-year-old Samantha D'Angelo has death on the brain. Her summer internship at the local newspaper has her writing obituaries instead of soaking up the sun at the beach. Between Shelby, Sam's boy-crazy best friend; her boss Harry, a true-blue newspaper man; and AJ, her fellow "intern scum" (aka the cute drummer for a band called Love Gas), Sam has her hands full. But once she figures out what--or who--is the best part of her summer, will she mess it all up? As Sam learns her way around both the news room and the real world, she starts to make some momentous realizations about politics, ethics, her family, romance, and most important--herself.

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Sara Hammel

From bestselling author and former People magazine reporter Sara Hammel comes a twisty murder mystery packed with true celebrity stories and juicy blind items. Set at the fictional CelebLife magazine, FAMOUS LAST WORDS takes on the cutthroat business of celebrity journalism. Blending fact and fiction, the author--who spent some fourteen years covering celebrities for People before quitting with a blunt resignation letter that went viral--weaves dozens of real-life celebrity encounters into a story of murder, betrayal and shocking twists. It's a novel about the ways we amuse ourselves in order to hide out from our own lives, and an unflinching portrait of a bankrupt world built on a fantasy that's fraying at the edges. Can 107 celebrities solve one impossible murder case? One by one, intrepid reporter Augusta Noble meets the stars she hopes will fix all her problems, logging dozens of true celebrity encounters that reveal the good, the bad and the very, very ugly... Augusta Noble and her best friend have suffered an unimaginable trauma--and because Augusta is the last one standing, she's a suspect in the brutal crime. Suffering amnesia and struggling to remember key details, she begins to lose her grip on reality. She quits her newsmagazine job and sets out to meet 107 stars--the exact number of celebrity posters that lined her bedroom walls growing up. Landing a gig at the glamorous CelebLife magazine, Augusta meets and interviews such luminaries as Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Hemsworth and Chrissy Teigen, landing her share of scoops as she closes in on her goal. Inevitably, she discovers her idols are all too human--but they may still hold the key to unlocking her memories of the day that changed everything...

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Jonathan Green

This sometimes funny, frequently poignant compilation offers a glimpse at the death-bed departures of kings, courtiers, poets, painters, saints, villains, murderers, and martyrs through the ages. Among the notable parting sentiments are Bing Crosby’s breezy sign-off: “That was a great game of golf, fellers,” Lawrence Oates’ farewell to Captain Scott on his mythically ill-fated expedition to the South Pole: “I’m just going out. I may be some time…,” and Civil War commander General Sedgewick’s final miscalculation: “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist—.” It is a fascinating record of our final thoughts at the brink of the unimaginable. Jonathan Green is a noted lexicographer and the author of many books, including Slang Down the Ages.