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Pudd'nhead Wilson (1981, Bantam Books) 4 stars

A young slave woman attempting to protect her son from the horrors of slavery, switches …

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4 stars

Be sure to read the companion story Those Extraordinary Twins as well, perhaps first. Twain explains that while writing this novel that he found he had given birth to two stories and had no choice but to separate them. Indeed, Angelo and Luigi were conjoined in T.E.T. but separated for Pudd'nhead Wilson, and while the reader can be persuaded of the soundness of this idea, I found the ridiculous themes and situations of T.E.T. based on their conjunction to be wanting in P.H. These two stories go together brilliantly, while clearly needing to be separate. Just like those Italian twins!

Buying and Owning Your Own Airplane (Paperback, 2004, Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.) 4 stars

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4 stars

While maybe a bit dated, this book contains a wealth of knowledge about the ins-and-outs of airplane ownership, including items that a dreaming buyer probably hasn't thought of yet. The first half of the book is somewhat difficult reading, as it deals with not-so-fun topics like insurance, financing, and inspections, but the reader is rewarded in the final chapters as Ellis describes various single-engine airplanes in an honest, frank, and often entertaining manner. Perusers of sites like Trade-A-Plane will probably find the information in this book invaluable in evaluating the listings.