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NONFICTION The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War By James McGrath Morris Da Capo Press 314 pages, $27.00 By William L. Morris Had Arthur Miller written “Death of a Writer" instead of “Death of a Salesman,” Willy Loman would have been easier to watch because artists fight their demons to get in touch …

PICTURE BOOK Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket,illustrations by Lisa Brown; Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press, $17.99. ...  The author of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" series brings his wonderfully skewed and original perspective to this unusual exploration of the afterlife featuring a goldfish who has gone belly up in the fishbowl.  The journey begins: "Goldfish …

Mr. and Mrs. James Farry of Williamsville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family reunion in Hilton Head, S.C. Mr. Farry and the former Beverly DeSa were married May 6, 1967, in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Swormville, where their vows were heard by the bride’s brother, the Rev. Walter DeSa. Mr. Farry retired as a research and development enginee…

Mr. and Mrs. James Chorazak of Hamburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at San Marco Ristorante, Snyder. Mr. Chorazak and the former Mary Schiavi were married April 29, 1967, in St. Anthony’s Church, Lackawanna. He is a co-owner and vice president of a medical device company and works part-time for Home Depot in Hamburg. She retired as an ad…

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Moadoer of Newstead celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary cruise with their daughter and her family aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas in the Western Caribbean. Mr. Moadoer and the former Kathleen Cullen were married May 13, 1967, in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Orchard Park. He retired as a journeyman electric…

Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Giammusso of Williamsville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More in Lancaster. Mr. Giammusso and the former Luigina Deleo were married April 15, 1967, in Our Lady of Loretto Church in Buffalo. He retired from European Continental Hair Designs in Kenmore. They have five children and six grandchildr…

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hines of Eden celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More in Lancaster and spent a week with friends at Jekyll Island, Ga. Mr. Hines and the former Shirley Sikora were married April 8, 1967, in Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo. He retired as a superintendent for National Grid and as a command sergeant major…

The Airport Bridge Club will award extra points at its games at noon today, Saturday, May 13, and next Saturday, May 20, and at 11 a.m. Monday, May 15, to next Friday, May 19. * * * The Buffalo Non-Life Master Sectional Tournament, for players with fewer than 500 master points, will be held next Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, in the Bridge Center of Buffalo, 3362 …

My mother was never one to withhold wisdom regarding fashion and interior decorating, but the one piece of advice that always sticks in my mind is this: “If you find something you love, buy it in every color.” Because you may never find it again. She was referring to things like T-shirts and shoes as opposed to, say, sofas and chairs. But while I would remind her…

The annual Knox Art and Garden Show with more than 90 artists will be held at the main house at Knox Farm State Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and 14. Paintings, handcrafted jewelry, garden-related items and more will be available. The show, a fundraiser to support improvements to the park, is organized by the Friends of Knox Farm. Admission is $5; free for children un…

Mother’s Day calls for flowers, and your choices are many: the old classic orchid corsage, a bouquet of cut flowers, or the popular spring baskets of violas, fragrant Lobularias or myriad other container plants. For something more lasting for Mother’s garden, thousands of you are likely to choose a rose. No flower elicits nostalgia and tender memories quite like a r…

NONFICTION Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom By Condoleezza Rice TwelveBooks 496 page, $35 In an engaging Prologue to her new book, “Democracy,” Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, and now a professor at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, recaps a long governmental career of nurturing democracy around the…

FICTION MOTHER LAND By Paul Theroux Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 560 pages, $28 If you’ve never had a problem parent, Paul Theroux has one for you in his overwritten, overlong yet irresistible new novel, “Mother Land.” Never mind that the book, by its narrator’s own definition, is basically “a study of malice”; it also is devilishly funny -- and …

“I’d Die For You And Other Lost Stories” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Anne Margaret Daniel, Scribner, 358 pages, $28. In 1934, Esquire editor Arnold Gingrich wrote to F. Scott Fitzgerald that he should, under no circumstances, return to Hollywood for the money, no matter how much he needed it. “It would be awful to see you piss away your talent in Hollywood…