Fun Facts Friday: William L. Shirer

William L. Shirer (23 February, 1904 – 28 December, 1993) was an American journalist, author and war correspondent. Mr. Shirer’s best known work is the a history of Nazi Germany titled The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Books by William L. Shirer* 1)      As a college graduate, Mr. Shirer worked his way from his […]

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Giveaway: Jeet Kune Do Basics by David Cheng

This useful and informative book offers a detailed overview of Jeet Kune Do practice while explaining the specific moves readers will need to perfect their techniques. As a foundation, Jeet Kune Do Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started in Jeet Kune Do – from Basic Footwork to Training and Tournaments by David Cheng recalls the origination […]

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Giveaway: Kung Fu Basics by Paul Eng

Get your training off to a great start—from basic kicks to practice and tournaments—this book is a perfect introduction to kung fu for beginners. It’s everything you need to get started in kung fu! Whether you are considering taking up this martial art, or you’ve already started, Kung Fu Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Batman, Vol 1: I Am Gotham by Tom King and Scott Snyder

The story starts off fresh and even manages, slyly I might add, to tell the Batman origin story we all heard a thousand times without breaking up the narrative.

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Fun Facts Friday: Van Wyck Brooks

Van Wyck Brooks (16 February, 1886 – 2 May, 1963) was an American historian, critic and biographer. He is best known for his 1952 studies which chronicled the 19th Century development of American literature titled Makers and Finders: A History of the Writer in America, 1800-1915. Books by Van Wyck Brooks* 1)      Mr. Brooks was born in Plainfield, […]

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Book Review: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Tells the story behind one of Andrew Wyeth’s iconic painting Christina’s World

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Book Review: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Tom Hazzard is aging slowly, about one year for every ten of a regular human. He has lived for centuries, known Shakespeare, sailed with Captain Cook and fell in love.

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Graphic Novel Review: Batman Detective Comics (Rebirth) Vol. 3: League of Shadows by James Tynion IV

About: Batman Detective Comics (Rebirth) Vol. 3: League of Shadows by James Tynion IV. This volume collects issues #950-956 of the Rebirthed Batman Family Team-Up title. 184 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401276091 My rat­ing for Batman Detective Comics (Rebirth) Vol. 3: League of Shadows  — 5 Buy Batman Detective Comics (Rebirth) Vol. 3: League of Shadows  from Amazon.com* […]

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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 […]

Graphic Novel Review: The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

Graphic Novel Review: The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

Banned Books Week. I borrowed this graphic novel from the library. “The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes” by Neil Gaiman is the collected issues of Sandman #1-8. This is the story of Morpheus, who has been accidentally captured in 1916 by a magician. Morpheus, the Sandman, is an eternal being responsible for sleep and rules over The […]

Book Review: How to Sue a Telemarketer by Stephen L. Ostrow, Esq.

Book Review: How to Sue a Telemarketer by Stephen L. Ostrow, Esq.

I got this book for free. “How To Sue A Telemarketer” (website) by Stephen L. Ostrow, Esq. (and  his alter ego, comedian Ozmo Kramer) is exactly what it sounds like, a non-fiction manual to navigate the courts when you decide to sue telemarketers for disturbing dinner, sleep or any other part of your free time.  […]

Book Review: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book Review: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I got the eBook for free. “This Side of Paradise” by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the fictional story of Amory Blaine, born with a silver spoon in his mouth; heir to wealth, has good looks and sophistication. The story is set in the early 20th Century in the northeastern United States. After traveling the country […]

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