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Snapshots - #35: Marshall, American Made, The Glass Castle

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The movies…
Marshall (♦♦♦♦): Black lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is entrusted by the NCAAP to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) in Greenwich, CT, who has been accused of rape by his white employer. As Marshall is not allowed by the judge as legal counsel because he doesn't hold a CT license, he engages, reluctantly on both sides, the service of Jewish insurance lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), whom, with Marshall's help, will have to acquire criminal defense experience in a matter of months. But as the case is tried in court, it becomes evident that it is anything but cut and dry. Powerfully acted by Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown in the leading roles, Marshall treads a fine line between inspiring legal thriller and drama. On both counts it delivers in spades. Based on a true story, with race and bigotry fueling public opinion, before the apogee of the Civil Rights Movement, this accused black man is doomed from the start. A full century…

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (♦♦♦♦)

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In 1708, upon the declaration that Scotland is going to become a part of England, Scottish nobles plan an insurrection to bring back to Scotland their exiled, rightful king, young James Stewart, who has been bidding his time in the French court in Saint-Germain since his mother spirited him away when a child to save both their lives.
In the Scottish north, the castle of Slains—home to the countess of Errol and her son the earl-- serves as scenario to the encounters and preparations before the expedition that would bring king James back to claim his throne.
Young Sophia Paterson has recently arrived to live at Slains at the countess’ invitation. Sophia narrates the story of the plotting and maneuvering to neutralize Queen Anne’s spies and successfully organize the mission. Amidst the war games, Sophia falls in love with a Scottish colonel--envoy and protégé of Queen Mary—, who has a massive prize on his head.
In present day, historical fiction writer Carrie McClellan is writing a book on …