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Fun Facts Friday: John Burroughs

John Burroughs (3 April, 1837 – 29 March, 1921) was an American naturalist and essayist. Born on a farm in the Catskill Mountains, Mr. Burroughs was the seventh of ten children. To go to college, Mr. Burroughs worked as a teacher alternating studying and teaching. The Atlantic Monthly published his first essay in 1860. Mr. […]

Book Review: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Andrew Fazekas and  Howard Schneider

About: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, 2nd Edition by Andrew Fazekas and  Howard Schneider is a guide to introduce people, young and young at heart, to astronomy. Mr. Fazekas, the Night Sky Guy, is a science writer and speaker. 288 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: 1426220154   My rating for […]

Book Review: Grateful American by Gary Sinise

About: Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise is a biography of the famous actor about his career, family and charity work. Mr. Sinise is a talented actor, known to many as Lieutenant Dan from the classic movie Forrest Gump, but is appreciated just as much for his work with American […]

Book Review: Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina

About: Zuleikha by Guzel  Yakhina (translated by Lisa Hayden) is a novel about a Tartar widow who has been exiled to Siberia in the 1930s.  This book was the winner of the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award and the Russia Big Book literary prize, as well as being short listed for the Russian Booker Prize. 448 […]

Guest Post: Fictional Schools want YOU!

That’s right, School Smart are recruiting for the world’s best fictional schools and we want you to attend. Reminiscing back to our school days we have fond memories of writing with smelly gel pens and collecting the latest stickers. The most exciting moments from our school years were competing in the egg and spoon race […]

Book Review: The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona

About: The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona is a generational saga, spanning about 100 years in which the effects of the Vietnam War are felt. Mr. Scibona is an award winning American author and writer of short stories.  432 pages Publisher: Penguin Press Language: English ISBN-10: 0525558527 My rating for Books – 5– Buy The Volunteer from* More Books by Salvatore Scibona* Thoughts: […]

Fun Facts Friday: Randolph Caldecott

Randolph Caldecott (22 March, 1846 – 12 February, 1886) was an artist and illustrator, mainly of children’s books, from England. Born in Chester, Mr. Caldecott was the third of 13 children. Caldecott worked at a bank, but went to the Manchester School of Art. Once he knew he could make a living with his art, […]

Book Review: Books by Larry McMurtry

About: Books by Larry McMurtry is a non-fiction memoir of the author’s time as an antiquarian book seller.  Mr. McMurtry is an American novelist, who is known for writing about the Old West such as Lonesome Dove. 272 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Language: English ISBN-10: 9781416583349 My rating for Books – 3 Buy Books from* More Books by Larry McMurtry* […]

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth by Greg Rucka

About: Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth by Greg Rucka (illustrated by Liam Sharp) is a graphic novel which continues the story of Diana of Themyscira search for the truth about herself. This graphic novel collects issues 13, 15 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 of Wonder Woman. 176 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: […]

Fun Facts Friday: Lady Augusta Gregory

Lady Augusta Gregory (15 March, 1852 – 22 May, 1932) was a folklorist, drama writer and theater manager from Ireland. Books by Lady Gregory* She was born as Isabella Augusta Persse in Roxborough, County Gallway. Her husband, Sire William Henry Gregory, was a neighbor who had served as a member of Parliament and governor of […]

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