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Book Review: Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

My boy loved the book and listened intently to the trials and tribulations of Little Willey, the protagonist. He had an easy time following the narrative and found the story gripping.

Giveaway (Over): Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice Paperback by Marjorie Shaffer

A few months ago I read Pepper by Marjorie Shaffer and liked it very much, who thought the history of a spice could be so interesting. The publisher contacted me this week, offering 1 copy to coincide with the release of the paperback. Give­away ends: August 13, 2014 US Ship­ping Addresses Only No PO Boxes Win­ners will have […]

Book Review: Broken Spring by Mark Lavie

Mr. Lavie lived among the Egyptians and writes about the warm, wonderful individuals he met. The author also writes about Egyptian society, the difficult life and analyzes the economy and the mess that Egypt got itself into and the difficulties the country faces in the future getting out of them.

Twitter Update for Week Ending 2 August, 2014

Yesterday my son (7) took his black belt test for Taekwondo. He has been taking Taekwondo for almost 3 years and we’re very proud that he has stuck with it this long. Besides the health benefits associated with martial arts, Taekwondo has also taught him discipline and a style of living. Both him and his […]

Fun Facts Friday: Herman Melville

The coffee company Starbucks is named after the first mate of the Pequod, (the whaling ship from Moby Dick which was the company’s original name).

Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I did not know what to expect, I knew it wouldn’t be a magnificent piece of literature, but I have heard many positive reviews and several bad ones.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Teaser Trailer

While I’m not much of a fantasy reader, I do love the movies. I thought the Lord of the Ring trilogy was fantastic even though I couldn’t get past 150 pages in the book itself. Check out the first trailer for the last piece of The Hobbit movie trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (release date December 17th, 2014).

Book Review: Netanyahu: The Road to Power by Ben Caspit & Ilan Kfir

An insightful book about the character of this very divisive politician.

Twitter Roundup For Week Ending 26 July, 2014

This week I celebrated my fourth blogiversary, my first post was, of course, about Don Quixote. I cannot believe four years have gone by and I’m still blogging about books. The past several months I didn’t have the energy to put into the promotion of this site as I did before. and I know that as […]

Fun Facts Friday: Elias Canetti

Elias Canetti (25 July, 1905 – 14 August, 1994) was a novelist, non-fiction writer, memoirist and playwright. Mr. Elias was born in Bulgaria, but is known as a Swiss and British novelist. Image from Books by Elias Canetti The ancestors of Mr. Canetti were Sephardi Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. Canetti […]

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