Fun Facts Friday: James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell (22 February, 1819 – 12 August, 1891) was an American editor, critic, poet, and diplomat. Books by James Russell Lowell* Born in Cambridge MA, he was an 8th generation Lowell, ancestors to settlers who came to America in 1639. In 1838 Mr. Lowell graduated from Harvard College. Despite being known as a […]

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Book Review: A Cobbler’s Tale by Neil Perry Gordon

About: A Cobbler’s Tale : Jewish Immigrants Story of Survival, from Eastern Europe to New York’s Lower East Side by Neil Perry Gordon is a  historical-fiction book based on the experiences of the author’s family. This is Mr. Gordon’s first novel. 334 pages Publisher: Neil Perry Gordon Language: English ISBN-10: 9781732667709   My rating for […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Arale by Tristan Roulot

About: Arale by Tristan Roulot (illustrated by Denis Rodier) is a graphic novel taking place in Russia, 1934 in which the Czar is mortally wounded and Rasputin concocts a mind transfer plan. This graphic novel was originally published in France. 66 pages Publisher: Europe Comics Language: English ASIN: B07N8C3CZK   My rating for Arale – […]

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Book Review: Death March Escape by Jack J Hersch

About: Death March Escape: The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust by Jack J Hersch is a biography of Dave Hersch, the author’s father. This is Mr. Hersch’s first non-fiction book. 256 pages Publisher: Frontline Books Language: English ASIN: B07GCH7F5Z My rating for Death March Escape – 5 Buy Death March Escape from […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Sax Rohmer

Prolific English author Sax Rohmer was born on this day in 1883 (d: 1 June, 1959). Mr. Rohmer is best known for his series featuring the mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu. A few months ago I also did a Fun Facts post about the character Dr. Fu-Manchu.     More books by Sax Rohmer Sax Rohmer’s […]

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Book Review: The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

About: The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King is a historical fiction novel taking place in Italy around the middle 1500s. This is Ms. King’s second novel. 384 pages Publisher: Atria Books Language: English ISBN-10: 150119643X My rating for The Chef’s Secret – 4 Buy The Chef’s Secret from Amazon.com* More books by Crystal King* Thoughts: Books about food and food preparation, […]

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Book Review: 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas by Joe Yogerst

About: 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do by Joe Yogerst is a travel book published by National Geographic about the American National Parks. Mr. Yogerst has written several books for National Geographic and lives a traveler’s life many only dream about. 400 pages Publisher: National […]

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Book Review: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

About: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson is a novel taking place in the last half of the 20th Century, following an African-American FBI officer, recruited by the CIA to undermine an African leader. This is Ms. Wilkinson’s first novel. 304 pages Publisher: Random House (February 12, 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 0812998952 My rating for American […]

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Fun Facts Friday: DuBose Heyward

Fun Facts Friday: DuBose Heyward

DuBose Heyward (31 August, 1885 – 16 June, 1940) was an American author, he wrote a 1925 novel called Porgy, which was turned into the opera Porgy and Bess. Books by DuBose Heyward* Heyward was born in Charleston, SC. One of the author’s ancestors, Thomas Heyward, Jr., was a judge who signed the Declaration of […]

Book Review: Untamed: The Psychology of Marvel’s Wolverine by Suzana E. Flores

Book Review: Untamed: The Psychology of Marvel’s Wolverine by Suzana E. Flores

This book is short, but very well organized, so well organized in fact that I noticed how organized it is. The themes, events, and theories all have their own place, as well as dedicated chapters to portions of Wolverine’s life and battles (with others, himself and romantic ones as well).

Graphic Novel Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1 by Brian Buccellato

Graphic Novel Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1 by Brian Buccellato

About: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1 by Brian Buccellato is a graphic novel which brings the familiar DC Comics superheroes and Greek gods together again. This graphic novel collects issues #1-6. 168 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401262678   My rating for Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1 […]

Fun Facts Friday: Max Beerbohm

Fun Facts Friday: Max Beerbohm

Max Beerbohm (24 August, 1872 – 20 May, 1956) was an English writer, and caricaturist. Books by Max Beerbohm* Beerbohm was the youngest of nine children. Among his half-siblings were, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, was a known actor when the writer was a child, author Constance Beerbohm, and explorer/author Julius Beerbohm. He signed his artwork as […]

Book Review: Samurai Castles by Jennifer Mitchellhill

Book Review: Samurai Castles by Jennifer Mitchellhill

The author picked 25 of Japan’s most impressive castles to write about. Each section consists of 4-6 pages, with its own map, directions, fantastic photography and explanation of what you’re looking at.

Book Review: Ahab’s Return: or, The Last Voyage by Jeffery Lord

Book Review: Ahab’s Return: or, The Last Voyage by Jeffery Lord

I enjoyed reading about New York City (Manhattan) in the 1850s, a rough place full of richness, poverty, and gang elements. There are many elements of magic and mysticism to this novel, something I was not expecting which are central to the story and the themes which, I believe, the author was trying to project.

Book Review: Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide by Alexander Bennet

Book Review: Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide by Alexander Bennet

About: Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide: An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen by Alexander Bennet is a non-fiction book tracing the history of Samurais, their way of life, fighting styles all the way to today’s Japan. Mr. Bennett is a martial artist as awell […]

Book Review: Israeli Governments Throughout the Generations by Dan Korn and Yechiel Gutman

Book Review: Israeli Governments Throughout the Generations by Dan Korn and Yechiel Gutman

I enjoyed to read the analysis of two smart guys, bringing up points I did not think about and events I never knew.

Fun Facts Friday: John Hawkes

Fun Facts Friday: John Hawkes

John Hawkes (17 August, 1925 – 15 May, 1998) and an American novelist. He is known for his novels The Lime Twig (1961) and The Beetle Leg (1951) among others. Books by John Hawkes* Mr. Hawkes was born in Stamford, CT. He raised in New York City and in Juneau, AK. During World War II, […]

Book Review: Night Rain, Tokyo by John W. Feist

Book Review: Night Rain, Tokyo by John W. Feist

I found the relevant subjects of the story very interesting. While the novel might, or might not hold up remains to be seen, but reading it these days seemed appropriate.

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