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Jack Lemmon: The Face of Everyman; John Grisham; Stephen Sondheim: Master of the Modern Musical

Program Number: 20054RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/2/2014 - 3/7/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $668.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

There is minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

3-2-2014, 10-19-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Eckerd College.



Jack Lemmon: The Face of Everyman

Academy Award Winner Jack Lemmon effortlessly acted in comedies and drama as memorable characters in "Some Like It Hot," "The Apartment," "The Odd Couple," "The China Syndrome," etc. Celebrate his prolific life and works with lectures and filmclips.



John Grisham

The master of the modern legal thriller, Grisham is one of the world's best-selling novelists. Appreciate how he weaves powerful stories that keep us all reading and wanting more. Lectures, film clips and recorded interviews with the author.



Stephen Sondheim: Master of the Modern Musical

An appreciation of the father of the modern musical, from his early lyrics for Gypsy and West Side Story to his latest shows: "Assassins," "Passion" and "Bounce." Performance clips with Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch and many others.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Full service resort on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, and fitness center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Rick Kistner

Rick Kistner had two careers that could not have been more different. He spent 30 years in law enforcement as a police chief in cities in Ohio, Kansas, Connecticut and Florida. At the same time, his performing arts career landed him roles in over 100 stage productions, as well as in films, TV commercials and voice work. Rick has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Dayton, and studied acting under Richard Digby Day at the Eugene Oneill Theatre Center in Connecticut.
 
Hong Gu

Instructor of Chinese language at Eckerd College, Hong Gu was born and raised in Shanghai, China. Professor Gu has taught Chinese language, literature, history and English composition at Hamilton College, Northwestern University and Purdue University. Hong received his bachelor’s in English language and literature from East China Normal University, Shanghai, and his master’s in English language and literature from Southeast Missouri University and has done doctoral work at Purdue University.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg, Florida 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Type: Hotel
  Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.
  Contact info: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com
  Room amenities: Clock radio; coffe maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony
  Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shiffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 5:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Road Scholar Health & Safety form is required. Completed Health and Safety forms should be returned to the program coordinator at least two weeks prior to arrival. In the case of late enrollments, these documents can be brought to the site along with other necessary paperwork. You will also need a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license If you have special dietary needs (low-salt, gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.), you must notify us in advance and we will do our best to meet those needs. Most meals have gluten free items available.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free and available close to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Website: www.supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended, but not necessary

 

To/From Hotel

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Greyhound LInes 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

To/From Hotel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Amtrak 601 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, Fl 33602 Taxi: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
CAR RENTAL

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport Car Rental Avis:800-831-2847 Budget:800-527-0700 Dollar:800-800-4000 Hertz:800-736-8222 Thrifty:800-847-4389 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Alamo:727-530-5491 Avis:727-530-5491 Budget:727-535-5263 Dollar:727-531-3557 Enterprise:727-524-1239 Hertz:727-531-3774

 
Driving Directions
  North I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  South I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.00 toll). Take exit 16, right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  Tampa International Airport I-275 south (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Sea Level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and Orientation
(Sunday, March 2)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK IN: From 3:00 pm at the Magnuson Hotel front desk. REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, you will be directed to the meeting room to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule that we will review during orientation in the evening. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULED TIMES COULD CHANGE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding! ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends, unpack, or relax by the pool.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: The evening is yours to begin to know your fellow participants, walk around the hotel, unpack or relax.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: John Grisham /Jack Lemmon Lectures/ T'ai Chi Class
(Monday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE: Grisham was the master of the modern legal thriller, and is recognized as one of the world’s best-selling novelists. With our instructor Rick Kistner, appreciate how he weaves powerful stories that keep us all reading and wanting more. Lectures, film clips, and recorded interviews with the author. There will be a short refreshment break in mid-morning.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Academy Award winner Jack Lemmon effortlessly acted in comedies and drama as memorable characters in Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, The Odd Couple, The China Syndrome, etc. With our instructor Rick Kistner, celebrate his prolific life and works with lectures and film clips. Afterwards, you'll have time to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College Continuing Education Dining Hall. The buffet at the campus dining hall includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts and beverages. Self-service format with trays
 Evening: Take a break from your classes and enjoy a lesson in T'ai Chi with Eckerd College Professor Hong Gu. PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASS DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES MAY ALSO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DUE TO AVAILABLITY OF SERVICES.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: John Grisham / Jack Lemmon/ Field trip /Evening Movie
(Tuesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: In today's class Rick will discuss the Grisham movie that will be seen on tonight. There will be a short refreshment break in mid-morning.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: LECTURE: More Jack Lemmon and other "everymen" of film. After class board the bus for a field trip to a local museum. ALL EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Dining Room
 Evening: MOVIE NIGHT: Film related to one of the courses. Title to be announced.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: John Grisham / Steven Sondheim / Lemmon Lectures
(Wednesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE:Jason Fortner will introduce us to the father of the modern musical, Steven Sondheim. Take a short refreshment break in mid-morning. LECTURE: Rick's last lecture will wrap up the John Grisham class.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: LECTURE: More of Jack Lemmon and friends with Rick. Spend the remainder of the afternoon enjoying the hotel's amenities
 Dinner: Dinner at the Continuing Education Center dining hall on campus. A selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays.
 Evening: LECTURE: Rick's last class for the Lemmon course
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Steven Sondheim Lectures /Time on Your Own in Downtown St. Petersburg/Evening of Musical Entertainment
(Thursday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE:Jason will explore and present more of Steven Sondheim's works. (Lecture & Videos) Time for a short refreshment break mid morning.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on your own. Transportation provided to the waterfront area in downtown St. Petersburg. Lots of things to do within walking distance or local trolley ride: Museums, shops, movies, galleries, etc.
 Dinner: Dinner at the CEC DINING ROOM on campus
 Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Jason Fortner switches gears this evening and offers an evening of musical entertainment for you. Enjoy a glass of wine as you say goodbye to old friends and new.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Steven Sondheim Lectures
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Jason will finish the morning with classes on Steven Sondheim. There will be a short refreshment break mid-morning.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel. Program concludes with lunch today.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. Petersburg, Florida Beach Drive & Downtown Waterfront
St. Petersburg's landmark Pier anchors a downtown shopping, dining and entertainment district that includes outdoor cafes and restaurants, world class museums and a dazzling array of shops, galleries, businesses, hotels and bed & breakfasts that line the city’s pedestrian-friendly streets. A continuous string of green parks winds along the seven-mile waterfront that is home to many special events and festivals each year. Enjoy a stroll along Downtown St. Pete's Beach Drive featuring unique shops, world-class museums and galleries as well as amazing dining options for every taste and budget. Just across from Beach Drive you will find beautiful city parks and St. Pete's fabulous waterfront. To top things off, a horse drawn carriage ride in the evening will make your visit to Beach Drive a memorable experience and you will definitely be looking forward to your next visit to our city.
  Museum of Fine Arts
From a legendary permanent collection, to fascinating traveling exhibits, to exciting events in the heart of downtown’s scenic waterfront, the MFA is ready to inspire you with diverse and ever-changing opportunities to experience art. Discover 4,500 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present – the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida’s west coast. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, Cézanne, Renoir and others, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and one of Florida’s most respected photography collections. Contemporary Prints by American Women:September 8, 2012 through February 2, 2013. More than 60 prints by American women artists, made after 1950, have recently joined the Museum’s collection – and it is still growing. Since 2008, longtime Museum friends Martha and Jim Sweeny have given prints from their own collection and substantial funds for purchases. This represents the first time that some of the most compelling works have been shown together. The core of the Sweeny Collection at the MFA was inspired by the 1987 exhibition A Graphic Muse: Prints by Contemporary American Women, curated by legendary print specialists Richard S. Field and Ruth E. Fine. The MFA, with the support of the Sweenys, has acquired other impressions of prints that were included in that show: Joan Mitchell’s Flower I, Joyce Kozloff’s Homage to Robert Adam, and Breath-man by Susan Rothenberg. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon – Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Thurs: 10 am - 8 pm; Sun: Noon - 5 pm. For additional information, visit www.fine-arts.org
  Salvador Dali Museum
The Dali Museum Collection is rich in works from artist Salvador Dali's entire career (1904-1989), with key works from every moment and in every medium of his artistic activity. The Collection includes 96 oil paintings, many original drawings, bookworks, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts, and an extensive archive of documents. Founded with the works collected by Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the Museum has made significant additions to its collection. The third floor galleries in the Tom and Mary James Wing provide a chronological gathering of Dali's paintings. The small salons along the outer walls are illuminated by special skylights and display the large paintings over which Dali labored in the last decades of his career. The Hough Family Wing provides visitors a chance to see other aspects of the artist's work, featuring his films, photographs, objects and works on paper. The distinguished building, which opened on Jan. 11, 2011, enables the Museum to protect and display our collection, to welcome our public, and to educate and promote enjoyment. In a larger sense it is a place of beauty dedicated, as is Dali's art, to understanding and transformation. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon, Tues, Wed: 10:00am - 5:30pm; Thurs: 10:00am - 8pm; Fri & Sat: 10:00am - 5:30pm; Sun: 12 noon - 5:30pm For additional information, visit www.thedali.org
  St. Pete Beach
Nestled on Long Key, St. Pete Beach offers accommodations ranging from world-renowned resort to mom-and-pop motels, to quaint bed and breakfasts. Upham Beach, located on the northern tip of St. Pete Beach, is one of the few spots along the Gulf of Mexico known for surfing. St. Pete Beach was originally made up of four areas: Pass-A-Grille Beach, Don CeSar Place, Belle Vista Beach and St. Petersburg Beach. In 1957, the four communities merged into the City of St. Petersburg Beach. Later the City voted to shorten its name to St. Pete Beach. Voted number 1 Beach in the U.S. and number 5 in the world in 2012, St. Pete Beach has so many activities that you may never leave the island! Spend the day shopping on historic Corey Avenue, dine at a waterfront restaurant, or spend the day skim boarding. No visit would be complete without visiting the Don CeSar Beach Resort. Built during the Jazz Age, the Don has hosted many famous celebrities and has been a beacon of the beach for more than 80 years. For additional information, visit http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com
  St. Petersburg Museum of History
Have a fun filled day at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, located on the approach to the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. Enjoy breathtaking views of the marina and downtown St. Petersburg where people also enjoy fishing, dining, shopping, and events. Pinellas County’s oldest museum was founded in 1920 as the St. Petersburg Memorial Historical Society. Through the determination and effort of Mary Wheeler Eaton and others, the Society began collecting artifacts, natural history specimens, archival documents, photographs, papers, and “boxes of unknown treasures that were just dropped on our doorstep during the night.” In 1922, the Society became incorporated and the city of St. Petersburg provided the use of an old aquarium building (located on the same site as today’s Museum) for the public display of the Museum’s collections. St. Petersburg Goes to War 1941-1945. WW II Poster Exhibit Shows St. Petersburg on the Homefront. A colorful collection of World War II posters is now on display at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. From “Rosie the Riveter,” flexing her biceps to instructions on how to “Win with Tin”, this exhibit looks back at The St. Petersburg Homefront, 1941-to-1945. The display includes a selection of uniforms, weapons and personal memorabilia on loan from private individuals and the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo. Remember, Uncle Sam would say, “I want you to see this exhibit !” Titled “Piering into the past, pondering the future,” the exhibit begins with the first pier erected in 1899. Of particular interest is the damage to a pier by the 1921 hurricane, the only direct hit the area has experienced. The future is represented by models and illustrations of the three finalists selected to replace the present pier. It is the only place these prospective pier designs can be seen until the winner is selected. HOURS OF OPERATION: Tue – Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday : 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Closed Mondays For additional information, visit http://www.spmoh.com
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Suggested Reading List


A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father


Author: Lemmon, Chris


Description: First time in paperback, a very personal portrait of an actor audiences loved, written by his actor son. Jack Lemmon (1925-2001) was one of our most beloved movie stars, a two-time Academy Award winner for Mister Roberts and Save the Tiger. In A Twist of Lemmon, Chris Lemmon shares family tales, intimate father-son conversations, and anecdotes from and about his dad. Joining Chris are first-person tributes from Blake Edwards, Andy Garcia, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Neil Simon, Shirley MacLaine, and Cliff Robertson, among others.



Stephen Sondheim: A Life


Author: Secrest, Meryle


Description: In the first full-scale life of the most important composer-lyricist at work in musical theatre today, Meryle Secrest, the biographer of Frank Lloyd Wright and Leonard Bernstein, draws on her extended conversations with Stephen Sondheim as well as on her interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and lovers to bring us not only the artist--as a master of modernist compositional style--but also the private man. Beginning with his early childhood on New York's prosperous Upper West Side, Secrest describes how Sondheim was taught to play the piano by his father, a successful dress manufacturer and amateur musician. She writes about Sondheim's early ambition to become a concert pianist, about the effect on him of his parents' divorce when he was ten, about his years in military and private schools. She writes about his feelings of loneliness and abandonment, about the refuge he found in the home of Oscar and Dorothy Hammerstein, and his determination to become just like Oscar. Secrest describes the years when Sondheim was struggling to gain a foothold in the theatre, his attempts at scriptwriting (in his early twenties in Rome on the set of Beat the Devil with Bogart and Huston, and later in Hollywood as a co-writer with George Oppenheimer for the TV series Topper), living the Hollywood life. We see Sondheim at work with composers, producers, directors, co-writers, actors, the greats of his time and ours, among them Leonard Bernstein, Ethel Merman, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Robbins, Zero Mostel, Bernadette Peters, and Lee Remick (with whom it was said he was in love, and she with him), as Secrest vividly re-creates the energy, the passion, the despair, the excitement, the genius, that went into the making of show after Sondheim show.



Some Like It Cool: The Charmed Life of Jack Lemmon


Author: Freedland, Michael


Description: 'Some Like It Cool' is the story of Jack Lemmon, perhaps one of the best-loved stars in Hollywood's history. The first biography since his death in 2001, this book focuses not just on Lemmon's career, but also on his private life. It includes the story of his relationship with his mother, a broken first marriage, his drinking, his 'terrible' facelift and his fight with cancer. This is no rags to riches tale as his wealthy father sent him to Harvard where a Columbia Pictures talent scout invited him to Hollywood where the speed of his rise to success and stardom was astonishing. The author, Michael Freedland, who interviewed Lemmon frequently, confesses to being a Lemmon devotee, yet this biography presents a frank and honest account - as well as a celebration - of one of Hollywood's greats.



Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions


Author: Horowitz, Mark Eden


Description: Steven Sondheim was an important composer and lyricist of musical theater in the second half of the 20th century. Celebrating his 80th birthday, this new edition of Sondheim on Music finds him in these guided interviews expounding in great depth and detail on his craft. As a natural teacher, thoughtful and opinionated, Sondheim discusses the art of musical composition, lyric writing, the collaborative process of musical theater, and how he thinks about his own work. Where the first edition focused particularly on six shows—Passion, Assassins, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and Pacific Overtures—this second edition presents a new chapter that discusses Sondheim's entire career. Several shows that were not discussed previously are explored here, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Merrily We Roll Along, Company, Follies, Anyone Can Whistle, and A Little Night Music, as well as thoughts about the recent film adaptation of Sweeney Todd. The book also features an entire chapter on Bounce: the previous incarnation of his latest musical, Road Show. In addition to Sondheim's list of "Songs I Wish I'd Written," the songlisting and discography has been greatly expanded and updated to include all works composed and recorded over the last six years.



Ford County: Stories


Author: Grisham, John


Description: New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill. This riveting collection of short stories features an unforgettable cast of characters: Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons embark on a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit Inez’s youngest son, Raymond—on death row. A hard-drinking, low-grossing divorce lawyer fed up with his wife, his life, and the law plans a drastic escape after an unexpected phone call. A quiet, unassuming data collector sets out to bring down a flashy casino owner with his skill at blackjack—as payback for the theft of his wife. A stalker hunts victims in a retirement home, a lawyer confronts a vengeful adversary from the past, and a young man from a prominent family is driven off by scandal and fear—but finds unexpected redemption on the wrong side of the tracks. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.



Sycamore Row


Author: Grisham, John


Description: Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, John Grisham was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby--writing his first novel. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. It was published in 1988. He had begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year and all of them have become international bestsellers. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas),





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