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Book Review: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I bought this book. My rating for Water for Elephants –4 About: “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen is a boy meet girl story. However the setting is unique and the descriptions of early American circus scenes are well worth the admission price. 464 pages Pub­lisher: Algonquin Books ISBN: 9781616200718 Pur­chase “Water for Elephants” through […]

Book Review: Gated Grief by Leila Levinson

I got this book for free as a winner in a giveaway from Knitting and Sundries My rating for Gated Grief – 5 “I never dreamed that such cruelty, bestiality, and savagery could really exist in this world.” General Eisenhowser About: “Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of […]

Factual Friday: Libraries

By Matl (own work (photography)) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons This week is National Library Week (April 10 – 16, 2011) sponsored by the American Library Association (website | Twitter | Facebook). Pub­lic libraries are some of the few pub­lic build­ings the pub­lic actu­ally uses. Whether you are rich or poor, edu­cated or not and […]

Book Review: A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion. The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “A Fierce Radiance” to be given out– enter at the end of the post. My rating for A Fierce Radiance – 5 About: “A Fierce Radiance” by Lauren Belfer (website) is a historical […]

Classic Lit for Kids – Getting Started

As a big proponent of public education (and a critic) I realize the tough jobs teachers face and, as a former part-time instructor, I know the difficult job at hand. However, schools no longer teach a comprehensive, deeper understanding of literature due to the pressure on teachers to teach for standardize tests at the expense […]

Sense and Senselessness or A DRM Love/Hate Story (OK, Hate)

Yesterday MediaBistro published an article quoting Richard Nash from Red Lemonade imprint stating that they are taking the unusual step of giving out eBooks for reviewers without Digital Rights Management (DRM) imprinted on them. Mr. Nash said: “Well, I don’t think consumer books should have DRM, so putting DRM on reviewers’ books is even dumber. […]

Book Review: Field Gray by Philip Kerr

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: Field Gray by Philip Kerr on Blogcritics. The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Field Gray” to be given out– enter at the end of the post My rating for Fields Gray – 5 About: “Field Gray” by Philip Kerr (website) is […]

Factual Friday: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Even though it took me a while to get into The Hunchback of Notre Dame I was very impressed with the book (book review) and thought the last 200 pages were certainly work trudging through some of it. 1) The original title of the book is “Notre Dame de Paris” which translates into “Our Lady […]

Book Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

I bought this eBook (a Barnes & Noble Classic). My rating for The Hunchback of Notre Dame – 4 About: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Victor Hugo (1802-1885 | Biography & Works) is a fictional story set in Paris, France and published in 1831. The novel became a classic and the Hunchback became a […]

Book Review: The Instructions by Adam Levin

I bought this book. My rating for The Instructions – 4 About: “The Instructions” by Adam Levin is a fictional book taking place over three days. This long book which tells a short story follows one very bright troublemaker in Junior High School. 1,030 pages Publisher: McSweeney’s ISBN: 9781934781821 Pur­chase “The Instructions” through the ManOfLa­Book […]

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