Conversations at the Redwood.

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Conversations at the Redwood

James Baar


4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406

9781546580492, $11.99, PB, 217pp,

Synopsis: "Conversations at the Redwood: The Portraits Speak" by James Baar is a fictional historic romp of more than 60 famous and near-famous Americans whose famous and near-famous portraits crowd the walls of the 250-year old Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island.

They gather there in groups to talk in the early hours before dawn. Conversationalists include U.S. Presidents and would-be Presidents, colonial governors, merchant princes, Indian chiefs, doctors, lawyers, writers, military heroes, and aristocrats among others including a Common Reader.

They discuss 21 matters of universal interest such as war and memory; law, medicine and art; the written word and religion; dynasty and aristocracy; being in second place and unintended consequences.

Baar advises that all conversations were recorded on discs at the...

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