Book Review: Unspeakable by Dilys Rose

“The preachers who were the poor boy’s murderers crowded round him at the gallows, and… insulted heaven with prayers more blasphemous than anything he had uttered.”
– Sir Thomas James Babington Macaulay, Baron of Rothley

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Guest Post: Writing A Book And Everything You Need To Know

Writing A Book And Everything You Need To Know Is it true that everyone has a book inside them, waiting to be written? Perhaps not, but you may well think you have a great idea for a story, how to guide, or memoir, just begging to be put down on paper. However, writing is book […]

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Book Review: All Those Things We Never Said by Marc Levy

Frankly, I thought this book could have simply been a short story or a novella

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Fun Facts Friday: Enid Blyton

Trained as a teacher, she wrote in her spare time. Ms. Blyton’s first published book was Child Whispers (1922), while she was still teaching.

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Book Review: The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann

The story actually has three protagonists, Max Cohn, a kid in present day Los Angeles, Moshe Goldenhirsch who is a young Jewish man at the heyday of World War II, and again, Moshe as an elderly retiree in present day Los Angeles

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Book Review: Monticello: The Official Guide to Thomas Jefferson’s World by Charley Miller & Peter Miller

We like visiting historic places and we know that many times context is everything. An artifact, a building, or even something that might seem insignificant get a whole new meaning when viewed in the right light.

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Fun Facts Friday: Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun (4 August, 1859 – 19 February, 1952) was a Norwegian author and a Noble prize winner. Books by Knut Hamsun* 1)      Born as Knud Pedersen to a poor family, the author grew up on his uncle’s farm. 2)      When he was nine years old, the boy was separated from his family and went […]

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Book Review: Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson

This is a riveting, easy to read book. Mr. Henderson wrote a wonderful and important book, packed with history and stories which pack an emotional punch.

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Book Review: The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

Book Review: The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

I bought this book.   My rating for The Scent of Rain and Lightning – 4 About: “The Scent of Rain and Lightning”, a fictional novel by Nancy Pickard introduces us to Jody Linder, daughter to a murdered father and a missing mother. The story takes places in the town of Rose, Kansas and has […]

Book Review: The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith

The Secret Speech by Rob Tom Smith

I borrowed this book from the local library. My rating for The Secret Speech – 3 About: “The Secret Speech” by Tom Rob Smith is the fictional follow up to his engrossing debut book “Child 44” (book review) in which we continue follow the tortured life of MGB agent turned homicide detective Leo Demidov. Hey […]

Book Review: The English Assassin by Daniel Silva

Book Review: The English Assassin by Daniel Silva

I borrowed this book from the local library. My rating for The English Assassin – 4 About: “The English Assassin” is the second installment of the fictional Gabriel Allon series, where we find our sensitive and scarred spy taking on the Swiss bankers who helped the Nazis during WWII and are still hiding old Jewish money […]

New Website

New Website

I’m taking that big leap into bloggerdom, I decided to change from Blogger to my own domain using WordPress. I have enjoyed writing this blog, conversing with people and the whole blogosphere immensely and I thank you all for it. Unfortunately I lost some of the comments and for that I apologize, they were insightful […]

Book Review: The Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther by Rebecca Kohn

Book Review: The Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther by Rebecca Kohn

I borrowed this book from the local library. My rating for The Gilded Chamber– 4 About: “The Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther” by Rebecca Kohn is a familiar story, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan, is being brought to the court of King Xerxes as a possible queen. Hiding her Jewish origins she changes her […]

Walking the eBook Walk

Walking the eBook Walk

Yesterday an article in the New York Times stated that two eBooks were priced higher than the hard covers. These, mind you, are not the bargain bin books, but brand new titles “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett, published by Dutton (Penguin Group USA), last week. On Amazon.com, the price for the e-book was an […]

Book Review: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

Book Review: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

I bought this book. In ” Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” author Jack Weatherford shows that history is not simple. It is a mistake we learn in our schools when we are taught history through memorizing dates in a linear fashion. History is alive, it is complex and there are always […]

Book Review: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Book Review: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

I bought this book. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow is coming out soon; I thought I’d revisit one of my favorite biographies – Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton“. I’ve read this book several years ago when it first came out, but it left a huge impression on me. My rating for Alexander Hamilton – 5 In […]

The 53rd Book Review Blog Carnival

The 53rd Book Review Blog Carnival

Man of la Book reviews Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal M. Omar “Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos” by Manal M. Omar is a memoir which the author wrote of her time working as a Non-governmental organizations called “Women for Women” in Iraq. […]

Book Review: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Book Review: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

I borrowed this book from the local library. “Child 44” by Rob Tom Smith is a tightly woven fictional story taking place in old-school Russia where Big Brother is everywhere and a fabricated incriminating charge is just a step away – a charge no-one could defend against. Because that would mean the State is wrong. The […]

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