Fun Facts Friday: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

At first Franken­stein was pub­lished anony­mously (1818) to scathing reviews (“a tis­sue of hor­ri­ble and dis­gust­ing absur­dity”). A play in 1823 made the story pop­u­lar and the book appeared in print again (1831), but with sig­nif­i­cant changes includ­ing cred­it­ing Mary Shel­ley with the authorship.

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Book Review: The Talmud: A Biography by Harry Freedman

t’s amaz­ing to read about the his­tory of the Tal­mud par­al­leled that of the Jew­ish peo­ple. Dur­ing the pogroms and ages which anti-Semitism was a soci­etal and polit­i­cally accepted, those who seek to destroy the Jews tried also to destroy the Tal­mud, mainly because they didn’t under­stand what it was about (ridicu­lously bring­ing about the blood-libel sce­nar­ios over and over).

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Book Review: Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke

About: Escape from Sobi­bor by Richard Rashke is a non-fiction book which details the biggest escape from a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp in Poland dur­ing World War II.  The book was first pub­lished in 1982 and won acclaim world wide. 416 pages Pub­lisher: Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Press Lan­guage: Eng­lish ISBN-10: 0252064798   My rat­ing for Escape from Sobibor […]

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Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 25 October, 2014

Fac­tual Fri­day: Librariesmanoflabook.com/wp/?p=2166&utm…#BookRe­view Fun Facts Fri­day: Wiz­ard of Oz as a Polit­i­cal Satire manoflabook.com/wp/?p=5817&utm… #BookRe­view RT @the­cre­ativepenn: #Nanow­rimoThe Ker­nel Idea: The Alpha and Omega of Your Book bit.ly/1wiSxfT via @Bob_Mayer Book Review: Heads in Beds by Jacob Tom­sky manoflabook.com/wp/?p=6678&utm… #BookRe­view 12 Rea­sons Writer Jamaica Kin­caid Is A Total Badass huff.to/1sh7PM7 via @Huff­Post­Books RT @brain­picker: Happy […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Moss Hart

Moss Hart (24 Octo­ber, 1904 – 20 Decem­ber, 1961) was an Amer­i­can the­ater direc­tory, play­wright and TV per­son­al­ity. Moss Hart was born in New York City to Jew­ish Immi­grants. The Moss fam­ily lived in The Bronx. Hart was attached to his Aunt Kate who piqued his inter­est in the­ater. Hart got his direc­to­r­ial start in amateur […]

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Bookish Halloween Decorations

I love book­ish dec­o­ra­tions, but who doesn't. Last week­end we went to a local farm for apple pick­ing and Hal­loween fes­tiv­i­ties when I encoun­tered in their "hall of over­priced stuff" these beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tions. These books are, of course, just props but the do make a nice state­ment and give the house a more sophis­ti­cated look, […]

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Kiva Repayment Update

We've received a total of $7.33 in repay­ments on Octo­ber 17, 2014! Click here to donate your­self That's great, glad to see our money is mak­ing such a dif­fer­ence around the world. One more pay­back and we'd be able to re-loan the bal­anance to another deserv­ing per­son.  We still have almost $80 in out­stand­ing loans, which […]

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Book Review: Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead

Vil­lage of Secrets: Defy­ing the Nazis in Vichy France by Car­o­line Moore­head tells the story of the small vil­lage and its sur­round­ing area which were respon­si­ble for sav­ing thou­sands of peo­ple dur­ing World War II who were on the Gestapo’s wanted list. The vil­lagers saved many Jews but also resisters, freema­sons, com­mu­nists, and downed Allied airmen.

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Fun Facts Friday: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Fun Facts Friday: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

At first Franken­stein was pub­lished anony­mously (1818) to scathing reviews (“a tis­sue of hor­ri­ble and dis­gust­ing absur­dity”). A play in 1823 made the story pop­u­lar and the book appeared in print again (1831), but with sig­nif­i­cant changes includ­ing cred­it­ing Mary Shel­ley with the authorship.

Book Review: The Talmud: A Biography by Harry Freedman

Book Review: The Talmud: A Biography by Harry Freedman

t’s amaz­ing to read about the his­tory of the Tal­mud par­al­leled that of the Jew­ish peo­ple. Dur­ing the pogroms and ages which anti-Semitism was a soci­etal and polit­i­cally accepted, those who seek to destroy the Jews tried also to destroy the Tal­mud, mainly because they didn’t under­stand what it was about (ridicu­lously bring­ing about the blood-libel sce­nar­ios over and over).

Book Review: Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke

Book Review: Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke

About: Escape from Sobi­bor by Richard Rashke is a non-fiction book which details the biggest escape from a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp in Poland dur­ing World War II.  The book was first pub­lished in 1982 and won acclaim world wide. 416 pages Pub­lisher: Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Press Lan­guage: Eng­lish ISBN-10: 0252064798   My rat­ing for Escape from Sobibor […]

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 25 October, 2014

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 25 October, 2014

Fac­tual Fri­day: Librariesmanoflabook.com/wp/?p=2166&utm…#BookRe­view Fun Facts Fri­day: Wiz­ard of Oz as a Polit­i­cal Satire manoflabook.com/wp/?p=5817&utm… #BookRe­view RT @the­cre­ativepenn: #Nanow­rimoThe Ker­nel Idea: The Alpha and Omega of Your Book bit.ly/1wiSxfT via @Bob_Mayer Book Review: Heads in Beds by Jacob Tom­sky manoflabook.com/wp/?p=6678&utm… #BookRe­view 12 Rea­sons Writer Jamaica Kin­caid Is A Total Badass huff.to/1sh7PM7 via @Huff­Post­Books RT @brain­picker: Happy […]

Fun Facts Friday: Moss Hart

Fun Facts Friday: Moss Hart

Moss Hart (24 Octo­ber, 1904 – 20 Decem­ber, 1961) was an Amer­i­can the­ater direc­tory, play­wright and TV per­son­al­ity. Moss Hart was born in New York City to Jew­ish Immi­grants. The Moss fam­ily lived in The Bronx. Hart was attached to his Aunt Kate who piqued his inter­est in the­ater. Hart got his direc­to­r­ial start in amateur […]

Bookish Halloween Decorations

Bookish Halloween Decorations

I love book­ish dec­o­ra­tions, but who doesn't. Last week­end we went to a local farm for apple pick­ing and Hal­loween fes­tiv­i­ties when I encoun­tered in their "hall of over­priced stuff" these beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tions. These books are, of course, just props but the do make a nice state­ment and give the house a more sophis­ti­cated look, […]

Kiva Repayment Update

Kiva Repayment Update

We've received a total of $7.33 in repay­ments on Octo­ber 17, 2014! Click here to donate your­self That's great, glad to see our money is mak­ing such a dif­fer­ence around the world. One more pay­back and we'd be able to re-loan the bal­anance to another deserv­ing per­son.  We still have almost $80 in out­stand­ing loans, which […]

Book Review: Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead

Book Review: Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead

Vil­lage of Secrets: Defy­ing the Nazis in Vichy France by Car­o­line Moore­head tells the story of the small vil­lage and its sur­round­ing area which were respon­si­ble for sav­ing thou­sands of peo­ple dur­ing World War II who were on the Gestapo’s wanted list. The vil­lagers saved many Jews but also resisters, freema­sons, com­mu­nists, and downed Allied airmen.

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 18 October, 2014

Twitter Roundup for Week Ending 18 October, 2014

What a week, I find myself being short with strangers and worst, the kids. The week at Dis­ney wore out my patience deal­ing with incom­pe­tence and arro­gance of those in the cus­tomer rela­tion­ship occu­pa­tions. At this point I have had enough and even though my brain tells me that I need to take a breath and walk away, I find myself snap­ping at those hap­less idiots at least once a week. A poor teenage (col­lege?) girl got a rude remark yes­ter­day with­out any fault, sim­ply because the rest of the employ­ees at the tram­po­line place were incompetent.

Fun Facts Friday: Arthur Miller

Fun Facts Friday: Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller is father-in-law to actor Daniel Day Lewis, who is mar­ried to his daugh­ter Rebecca.

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