Fun Facts Friday: Shelby Foote

Shelby Foote (17 November, 1916 – 27 June, 2005) was an American historian and novelist known for his landmark work on the American Civil War. Books by Shelby Foote* ShelbyDade Foote was born in Greenville, MS, as the only child of a local businessman. Isaac Shelby, a leader in the American revolution and first and fifth governor […]

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Book Review: The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

A story of adventure and a fascinating tale brought to life by a talented writer.

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Giveaway & Book Review: Bruce Lee Words of the Dragon: Interviews and Conversations 1958-1973 edited by John Little

The strength of this book, I felt, was in the interesting footnotes the editor provided at the end of each chapter

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Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

This is a tense and ugly story, but it sucks you in.

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Fun Facts Friday: John P. Marquand

John P. Marquand (10 November, 1893 – 15 July, 1960 was an American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner. He is known for his spy stories featuring Mr. Moto. Books by John P. Marquand* 1)      Mr. Marquand was born in Wilmington, DE but grew up in the Massachusetts. 2)      He was the great-nephew of Margaret Fuller, a writer from […]

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Book Review: The Christian Fallacy: The Real Truth About Jesus and the Early History of Christianity by Paul McGrane

I really enjoyed that the author didn’t just look at historical contexts, but also at political and social contexts at the time the texts were written.

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Graphic Novel Review: Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar

I have wanted to read Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar (illustrated by Steve McNiven) for a while now, since it tops almost every “top 10” list when it comes to graphic novels

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Fun Facts Friday: Gustaf Tenggren

Gustaf Tenggren (3 November, 1896 – 9 April, 1970) was an illustrator born in Sweden, but lived most of his life in the United States. 1) Born in Sweden, Mr. Tenggren got a painting scholarship to the art school in Gothenburg. 2) He was a successful illustrator specializing in Swedish folklore and fairy tales. 3) […]

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#helpotherbookblogs – Help Other Book Review Bloggers

#helpotherbookblogs – Help Other Book Review Bloggers

In an effort to help out our small community why not do something selfless once a day. Pick a book review you liked, which is NOT YOURS, and tweet it to your followers under the hashmark  #helpotherbookblogs Don’t forget to leave a comment to that person about how much you like their blog, and that […]

Book Review: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

Book Review: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

I borrowed this book from the local library. I love books about books – not only do I think that the not-so-obscure references to other books and characters are a little bonding between the author and me (they’re not – but I like to think so) but they also enlarge my already too-long-reading-list. In “The […]

Book Review: Son of Hamas by Mosab Hasson Yousef

Book Review: Son of Hamas by Mosab Hasson Yousef

I borrowed this eBook. “Son of Hamas” by Mosab Hasson Yousef is a gripping autobiography of a man who is caught between his own morality and what is expected of him by his community. Mosab is the son of a Hamas leader who is caught and jailed by the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security services). […]

The 50th Book Review Blog Carnival

The 50th Book Review Blog Carnival

I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book! reviews Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith“What do you do as an encore after writing a best seller and trend setter like Pride and Prejudice and Zonbies? Seth Graham-Smith has turned from Jane Austen to Abraham Lincoln.”   Primo Reads reviews The Ask by Sam […]

Book Review: Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

Book Review: Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free. Giveaway: Author Chris Tusa has kindly made free eBooks available to five(5) lucky winners who will be randomly chosen on Saturday, September 3, 2010.  Entry form below. “Dirty Little Angels” by Chris Tusa is a short novel, or a long short story depending on how you look at […]

Can Literary Success and Quality Co-Exist?

Can Literary Success and Quality Co-Exist?

In a fascinating and insightful article, “A Novelist Re-Imagines Shakespeare’s Juliet — and Challenges Literary Snobbery” in the Wall St. Journal, author Anne Fortier talks about her visit to her homeland of Denmark and the change of perspective about art. Ms. Fortier was having lunch with friends when words like “ambitious” and “commercial” starting to fly […]

Book Review: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Book Review: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

 I bought this eBook. “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese if a fictional book set mostly in Ethiopia and the latter part of the book in the United States which tells the story of identical twins born to a British surgeon and a nun. Shiva and Marion Praise Stone, sons to Dr. Thomas Stone and […]

Book Review: A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

Book Review: A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

I borrowed this book from the local library. “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” by Brigid Pasulka is a fascinating fictional book tells the stories of two generations of the same family in Poland. The chapters alternated between the grandparents’ experience in WWII war years & beyond, and their granddaughter’s life in the […]

Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I bought this eBook as “The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection” Coinciding with the movie’s 71st anniversary. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum is the first of 15 books in the fictional Oz series and tells the story of Dorothy, a girl from Kansas who was swooped with her dog Toto by a […]

Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

I borrowed this book from the local library. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson is the third book in the men-who-love-to-hate-women trilogy featuring fearless investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the socially inept, tech savvy Lisbeth Salander.  In the two previous books Blomkvist and Salander joined together to take on corporate sleazballs, […]