Fun Facts Friday: Kate Douglas Wiggin
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / September 28, 2018

Kate Douglas Wiggin (28 September, 1856 – 24 August, 1923) was an American author and educator, mostly known for her classic novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Books by Kate Douglas Wiggin* 1.       Ms. Wiggin was born in Philadelphia, PA and experienced a happy childhood despite the American Civil War. 2.       After her father died, young Kate and her sister, Nora, moved with their mother to Portland, Maine. 3.       When Ms. Wiggin was 11 years old, she met Charles Dickens on a train. She was very happy to meet him because her family thought she was too young to go hear him read in Portland, so they never bought her a ticket. 4.       The family, along with the new stepfather Albion Bradbury, moved to Santa Barbara, CA in 1873 where Ms. Wiggin enrolled in a kindergarten training class. 5.       In 1878 Ms. Wiggin started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco, CA. 6.       During the 1880s, along with her sister, Ms. Wiggin started a training school for kindergarten teachers. 7.       When Kate married Bradley Wiggin, a lawyer, in 1881 she was expected to resign her teaching job, as was the custom, so she started writing to raise money. 8.       Mrs. Wiggin’s first two books The Story of Patsy (1883), and The Birds’…

Book Review: Breach by W.L. Goodwater
4 Stars , Fantasy , Fiction , Latest Posts , Science Fiction / September 26, 2018

About:Breach by W.L. Goodwater is a novel taking place in the aftermath of World War II, where the remaining powers fight with magic as well as conventional means. This book is apparently the first in a series. 368 pages Publisher: Ace Language: English ISBN-10: 0451491033 My rating for Breach – 4Buy Breach from Amazon.com*More Books by W.L. Goodwater Thoughts:For a few years now I have enjoyed novels featuring magical fantasy. I don’t read them often because I’m very picky about the genre, which is why I believe that I enjoy the few that I read.  Breach by W.L. Goodwater combines several genres which I enjoy reading about: magic, World War II, geopolitics, and espionage. I thought this novel was very entertaining. The author managed to find a balance between telling a story and sending a message, or making a point, without hitting the reader over the head with it. The plot has a lot of moving parts, not all of them come to an end, but I’ll chalk that up that it’s the first in a series. The characterization, I felt, was pretty good. The author introduced a lot of people, but managed to only develop a few, err on the side of…

Fun Facts Friday: H.G. Wells
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / September 21, 2018

On 21 September, 1886 great British novelist H. G. Wells was born in Kent, England. Known sometimes as “the Father of Futurism” but mostly as “the Father of Science Fiction”, Well’s works continue to be popular to this day.

Fun Facts Friday: Hamlin Garland
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / September 14, 2018

Hamlin Garland (14 September, 1860 – 4 March, 1940) was an award winning American novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer. Born on a farm in Wisconsin, as Hannibal Hamlin Garland was the second of four kids. He was named after Abraham Lincoln’s vice president, Hannibal Hamlin. As a young man, Mr. Garland lived in several farms, but settled in Boston, MA in 1884 to become a writer. After a successful publication of short stories, as well as a biography of President Ulysses S. Grant, which was he previously serialized, Mr. Garland married Zulime Taft and began working as a teacher and lecturer. In 1917 Mr. Garland published a biography A Son of the Middle Border, the book was so successful that in 1922 he published a sequel called A Daughter of the Middle Border. Garland won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1922 for A Daughter of the Middle Border. During his lifetime Mr. Garland was well known and in 1918 became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1929 Mr. Garland moved to Hollywood, CA. Since 1891 Mr. Garland was fascinated with the psychic phenomena and mediums. He even published the 1939 book The…

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