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Do Blondes Have More Fun? Trouble With the Plot Blonde by Carole Joyce Oats, 2001, 752 pages BY MARGOT VAN HORN

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arilyn Monroe: 50 years later� said the library’s ad. It was Aug. 8, 2012, and The Community Library’s Lecture Room was full. All were there to hear two-time Oscar-winner, director, producer, and writer Terry Sanders as well as to view his 1964 movie of Marilyn. Of course, I was present as well and that’s what brought the marvelous book Blonde back into my mind. I really enjoy all of the very many books the prolific Carole Joyce Oats has written. She has a special way with her words and thoughts. Her novels have a “different� aspect to them. I think that her story lines are always unique. Her thinking processes must be phenomenal. But I especially was pulled in by Blonde. It’s her take on Marilyn Monroe and, frankly, I think a very realistic one. Somehow or other, Oats

has gotten in Marilyn’s skin and everything about MM’s life all of a sudden falls into place for the reader. It starts from the very beginning of Marilyn’s life and goes through until the very end—told by Norma Jeane Baker, I suppose that the ending is more speculative than any of “the rest of the story,� but somehow I think that probably could also have been very true. Oats must have done a ton of research to have written such an ambitious work. Publisher’s Weekly uses words such as “dramatic, provocative, unsettling, suggestive� in their book description. Penzler Pick says:� If you like biographies, you’ll like Blonde. If you like novels, you’ll like Blonde. If you like mysteries, you’ll like Blonde.� I totally agree with these quotes and if you haven’t experienced this read yet, NOW is the time to read it! Once again, don’t let the 752-page length scare you because you won’t be able to put it down and it’ll go faster than tws you want it to. Enjoy!!!!

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Tickets on Sale for New Warren Miller Film Tickets are on sale for the showing of Warren Miller’s newest film, “Flow State.� The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Sun Valley Opera House. Tickets are on sale at Sturtevants in Ketchum and Hailey, the Op-

era House box office at 208-622-2244 and Ticketfly.com. Group rates are available by calling 1-800-523-7117. Everyone attending receives a voucher for free lift ticket to Soldier Mountain and a voucher for $25 off a purchase of $100 or more at Sturtevants.

Idaho’s 8th Annual Crosstoberfest In the eyes of many, it’s nothing shy of a match made in heaven: bicycle racing meets beer, they fall in love and decide to throw a party! The annual Idaho Crosstoberfest presented by Scott Sports is just such a celebration. Combining two days of cyclocross races with a craft beer festival, Crosstoberfest—as it’s simply called in the Gem State—will be celebrating its eighth year this year, October 26-27. Idaho Crosstoberfest was the brainchild of Billy Olson, a former professional road bike racer and owner of what is considered to be one of the best—and perhaps only—bike repair shop/beer geek haven/burger bars in the nation, the Power House Pub &

Bike Studio, according to Outside and Bike magazines. “This event is just a lot of fun,� said Billy about the truly grassroots event that has been steadily growing since its inception. Both the pub and Crosstoberfest take place in Hailey, about a dozen miles south of America’s original destination ski resort of Sun Valley. Close to 2,000 riders, racing fans and beer lovers are expected to attend this year’s Idaho Crosstoberfest, which features races for just about every age category and almost 100 different beers from more than 20 breweries from across the globe. Live music and locally grown and raised Bavarianstyle food is also on the lineup. Info: crosstoberfestidaho.com

Corey Weatherly Benefit this Saturday The Idaho Auxiliary of the Wives Behind the Badge is holding a benefit this Saturday, October 20, for an injured law enforcement officer. The Black and Blue Benefit will be held at the Blaine County Gun Club to help Detective Corey Weatherly, whose neck was broken in two places this past July while working private security for a concert event in Ketchum when a man fell off a roof onto him. Corey was LifeFlighted and underwent emergency

surgery. He is working to recover from the severe nerve and tissue damage caused by the fall and fighting his way back into his uniform. The event, featuring two shooting competitions, a silent auction and dinner, is open to anyone who wants to participate. The public is encouraged to attend and support a devoted public servant and a worthy cause. Info: www.facebook.com/IdahoWBTB.

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2 bumblebees BY JONATHAN KANE

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he new Clint Eastwood movie Trouble With The Curve is not that bad. The problem is that it’s not too good, either. And the problem isn’t really with the performances. Eastwood and co-star Amy Adams both do good work, but the real problem is that we’ve seen this before and the picture is breaking no new ground. The first odd fact is that Eastwood is starring in the movie at all. After Gran Torino, he said he was retired from acting but here he is again playing the loveable curmudgeon – this time an aging baseball scout, doing war with the ‘Moneyball’ computer geeks who were the star of that movie. In this film the old scout wins out with his talent to be able to tell a great hitter just by the sound of the ball off the bat. Score one for the old geezers. The film is also directed by Robert Lorenz, Eastwood’s longtime assistant director, and is produced by Eastwood’s company. Essentially a baseball yarn, the real story revolves around an estranged relationship between father and daughter. Adams has lost her mother at an early age, only to be raised and abandoned on multiple occasions by her father. A high-priced attorney, she has baseball in her blood, and when Eastwood’s old friend, played by John Goodman, worries that Eastwood is losing it, he sends Adams along on a scouting trip to watch over the old man. Of course, they are like oil and water, but that’s part of the fun. Don’t want to give away the end, but guess who wins – the geeks or Clint? Along the way is some of the most inane dialogue uttered in this or any other season. Screenwriter Randy Brown won’t be winning any awards for his work. Let’s not forget that the always improving Justin Timberlake shows up for some romantic diversion. The bottom line is that Trouble With The Curve would be perfect to watch on cable on a cold, snowy afternoon, but may not merit a trip to the theater. tws

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