Death did not take a holiday in the world of books this year.

Playwright and Nobel laureate Harold Pinter died Christmas Eve. He was 78. The New York Times praised Pinter’s “gifts for finding the ominous in the everyday and the noise within silence” and called him “the most influential and imitated dramatist of his generation.”

Donald E. Westlake died on New Year’s Eve. He was 75. As the author of more than 100 novels, Westlake was “considered one of the most successful and versatile mystery writers in the United States,” the Times observed.

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About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

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