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Lincoln Park's Zoolights show, Bing Crosby's White Christmas, and more

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Correction: This article misspelled Mr. Spadafora's first name. We regret the error.

Cleo Wilson, executive director of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gets caught up in:

Novels by Beth Gutcheon Last Christmas, I gave my daughter a Kindle. She's an avid reader and often complained about lugging books on trips. So I was quite surprised when she informed me that she preferred reading books. My first thought was to return it, but after some thought I decided to keep it for myself; it fit nicely in my purse.

Years ago, if I liked one book by a particular author, I would read everything they wrote. This fall while on a trip to Maine, I stopped in a bookstore and purchased Leeway Cottage, a novel by Beth Gutcheon. I liked it so much that I downloaded the sequel Good-bye and Amen: (P.S.), which follows the descendants of the first book's main characters. I've since read three other Gutcheon novels: More Than You Know, Saying Grace, and Five Fortunes, which I finished only last week. I confess some of her books are better than others, but I enjoyed Five Fortunes, which follows the lives and interactions of five women who meet at the Cloisters, a posh spa in Arizona.

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Related Film

White Christmas

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writer: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

Producer: Robert Emmett Dolan

Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes, John Brascia, Anne Whitfield, Richard Shannon, Grady Sutton, Sig Ruman, Robert Crosson, Herb Vigran, Dick Keene, Johnny Grant, Gavin Gordon, Marcel De La Brosse, James Parnell, Percy Helton, Barrie Chase and George Chakiris

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