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Fun Facts Friday: The Picture of Dorian Gray

This week, in 1891, Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900 published is wildly successful novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. The history of the book is as fascinating as the book itself. 1. Wilde’s full name is Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. 2. The story was originally published in Lippincot’s Monthly Magazine […]

Book Review: Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion. My rating for Lost in Shangri-La – 5 About: “Lost in Shangri-La” by Mitchell Zuckoff (website) is a non-fiction book about a plane crash in Dutch New Guinea during World War II. This book is narrative history at its best. 400 […]

Book Review: The Perfect Nazi by Martin Davidson

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Perfect Nazi: Uncovering My Grandfather’s Secret Past by Martin Davidson on Blogcritics. My rating for The Perfect Nazi – 4 About: “The Perfect Nazi:Uncovering My Grandfather’s Secret Past” by Martin Davidson, a non-fiction book which follows the authors research about his grandfather, […]

Book Review: The Rising Tide-A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

I bought this book. My rating for The Rising Tide – 3 About: “The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II” by Jeff Shaara (website) is a historical fiction book which blends historical characters, fact and fiction into a readable story. The book is the first of a series about World War II. 608 […]

Book Review: Heart of Deception by M.L. Malcolm

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion. My rating for Heart of Deception – 3 About: “Heart of Deception” by M.L. Malcolm (website | Facebook) is the fictional sequel to “Heart of Lies” (book review) picking up with the same cast of characters after World War II. 352 […]

Book Review: Heart of Lies by M.L. Malcolm

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion. My rating for Heart of Lies – 4 About: “Heart of Lies” by M.L. Malcolm (website | Facebook) is the fictional tale of a family, inspired by the author’s husband, which takes place after World War I until the early days […]

Factual Friday: Washington – A Life

It was announced this week that Ron Chernow’s most excellent biography of George Washington, aptly named “Washington: A Life” (book review) won the Pulitzer Prize. I think the prize is well deserved, Mr. Chernow has the ability to bring historical figures to life and his books read like novels. Here are a few interesting facts […]

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 (], 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 […]

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