Guest Post: The Resurgence of Dystopia

On Friday January 20th, 2017 the craziest thing happened.  Dystopian novels became popular again.  North Americans suddenly couldn’t get enough of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World.  Random House and its subsidiary, Harvill Secker threw a party.  I can only imagine that it was a depressing, dystopian-themed party.  These novels, written decades ago, were back […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (21 July, 1899 – 2 July, 1961) needs no introduction… From the Collection of the United States Postal Service Books by Ernest Hemingway* 1) Born in Oak Park, IL, Mr. Hemingway worked a bit for the Kansas City Star for a few months after he finished high-school before enlisting in the military for […]

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Book Review: No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home by Danny O. Coulson

Mr. Coulson balances the book with stories from his past, his career in the FBI and the development of the HRT (a part I found absolutely captivating).

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Book Review: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

This book is a bit different than the others I read, instead of the pictures and text telling the same storyline together, this time the text and pictures follow two different stories, in two different timelines, until they eventually meet.

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Fun Facts Friday: Owen Wister

As a member of Harvard’s all male Porcellian Club he was introduced to, and became a lifelong friend, of future president Teddy Roosevelt

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Book Review: Take the Bai Road by Erika Mitchell

The narrative provides action throughout the book, which is peppered with very funny moments many of them courtesy of Office Hsu’s inner monologue

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Book Review: The Fallen by Ace Atkins

At this point I’m starting to believe that Tibbehah County, MS really does exist.

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Book Review: Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine

The author also tells the stories of the soldier who were arranges in an ever shrinking circle around Dunkirk, protecting the shores and the men from constant attacks by the German army trying to break through.

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Book Review: A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism by Yossi Katz

Book Review: A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism by Yossi Katz

Disclaimer: I got this book as an ARC in exchange for a review. “A Voice Called” is the kind of book I used to love as a kid, and still do. Sometimes you just don’t know if you’re interested in something and are looking for a short summary about a subject to see if you […]

Book Review: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

Book Review: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

I got this book as a gift.   I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. “His Excellency: George Washington” is an overview of Washington’s life, the important decisions he made and why did he make them. Mr. Ellis’ research […]

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I got this book as from the local library.  Will traveling around the world help Elizabeth Gilbert deal with depression? Maybe, it certainly couldn’t hurt and it’s sure worth finding out. Eat, Pray, Love is a 2006 memoir of Ms. Gilbert which chronicles her trip around the world after her divorce and takes the reader […]

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

I borrowed this book from my mother. “Purge” is a fictional story tells the story of three generations of Estonian women (and the men in their lives).The book chapters jump in time to tell the tale of some horrifying events in their lives which correspond to the historical events which take Estonia, in general, and […]

Handmade Disney Autograph Books

Handmade Disney Autograph Books

I made them autograph books made of wood and it occurred to me that many bibliophiles might appreciate it.

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

I borrowed this book from the local public library. This attempt at biblical fiction not a re-telling of the story of Samson, but a complete overhaul of the familiar story – a re-imagining if you will. The bible doesn’t tell us much about Samson’s wife, or even Delilah (except that she was beautiful, Samson’s love, […]

Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul

Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul

Disclaimer – The book I read is an advanced uncorrected proof which I received for free. The book gets its title from a speech President Obama made on March, 2009: “For the American people, this border region has become the most dangerous place in the world,” This scrupulous coverage of Pakistan was written by the […]

Book Review: An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

Book Review: An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

Disclaimer: I got this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) for free An Inconvenient Elephant by Judy Reene Singer a fictional story is about Neelie Sterling, an American who has spent a year in Africa taking care of baby elephants and, due to the volatile political climate in Africa, is forced to come back […]

Book Review: The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

Book Review: The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

Disclaimer: I got this eBook for free from http://www.downloadthedarkness.com// The Painted Darkness is a short novella about Henry, a person with an overactive imagination. The story alternates between present day, where Henry – now a man and an accomplished artist and his five year old self. When Henry was five he experienced and witnessed a […]

Graphic Novel Revew: The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell

Graphic Novel Revew: The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell

Disclaimer: I got this book for free. “The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir” by Laurie Sandell tells her coming of age story in the shadow of her father. The book is in a graphic memoir (read: comic book format) and seems to be poignant and honest. We meet Laurie as a young girl who is […]

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