Fun Facts Friday: Shirley Jackson

American author Shirley Jackson (14 December, 1916 -8 August, 1965) born on this day. She is best known for her excellent short story The Lottery. Books by Shirley Jackson* 1 ) Jackson believed in white and black magic 2 ) The author influenced Stephen King and Neil Gaiman 3 ) Jackson’s husband, Stanley Hyman, is […]

Read More

Book Review: Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis

About: Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis is a non-fiction book about a British spy operating in occupied France. Mr. Lofits was a corporate attorney, but is now a full time writer. 384 pages Publisher: Gallery Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1501198653 My […]

Read More

Graphic Novel Review: Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and Rage by Peter Milligan

About: Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and Rage by Peter Milligan (illustrated by Ed Benes) is a graphic novel, part of The New 52 storyline by DC Comics. This graphic novel collects issues #1-6 of Red Lanterns. 160 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401234917   My rating for Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and […]

Read More

Fun Facts Friday: Willa Cather

Today is the birthday of Pulitzer prize winning American author Willa Cather (7 December, 1873 – 24, April, 1947). Even though Cather is associated with the pioneer spirit, she lived most of her life in New York city. Books by Willa Cather* 1 ) Ms. Cather often lied about the year she was born in. […]

Read More

Book Review: Atlas of World War II by Stephen G. Hyslop and Neil Kagan

About: Atlas of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict Revealed Through Rare Wartime Maps and New Cartography by Stephen G. Hyslop and Neil Kagan (foreword by Kenneth W. Rendell) is a hardcover book featuring maps, photographs, documents,and eyewitness accounts. 256 pages Publisher: National Geographic; Comprehensive edition Language: English ISBN-10: 1426219717 My rating for Atlas of […]

Read More

Book Review: The Banker and the Blackfoot by J. Edward Chamberlin

The author goes on to tell about the history of the West and the relationships between the Mounties (police), the Natives, and the settlers. Even though the Canadians did not have the issues that the US struggled with, they still managed to break their promises to the First Nation.

Read More

Book Review: Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera

About: Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera is a memoir of the prolific actor and director. Mr. Duke has been in many movies which are now considered pop-culture classics (American Gigolo, Commando, Predator, X-Men), he is also a director, producer and entrepreneur. 232 pages Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Language: […]

Read More

Fun Facts Friday: Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (30 November, 1667 – 19 October, 1745) was an English satirist, essayist, poet, and pamphleteer. Mr. Swift is remembered for his prose and satire in works like Gulliver’s Travels. Books by Jonathan Swift* Mr. Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland. His father, Jonathan Swift, was a lawyer. At Dublin University (Trinity College, Dublin) […]

Read More

Book Review: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

Book Review: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has made available one (1) copy of “31 Bond Street” to be given out- enter at the end of the post My rating for 31 Bond Street – 4 About: “31 Bond Street” by Ellen Horan (website | Facebook)  […]

Book Review: Stalina by Emily Rubin

Book Review: Stalina by Emily Rubin

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: Stalina by Emily Rubin on Blogcritics. My rating for Stalina – 3 About: “Stalina” by Emily Rubin (website | Facebook) is the fictional story of a Russian immigrant to the United States. The story takes place after the fall of the Soviet Union. […]

Giveaway – The Trinity Six

Giveaway – The Trinity Six

“The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College students who were spies for Russia – Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, John Cairncross, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby) had a sixth member. As always, what gets the politicians is […]

Book Review: The Stairway to Heaven by Therese Zrihen-Dvir

Book Review: The Stairway to Heaven by Therese Zrihen-Dvir

I got this book for free. Attention Book Bloggers: After this review was published I got several nasty and personally insulting emails & comments on LibraryThing (as well as the comments below).  I do not want to engage in this type of mud slugging hence I will not publish the emails; However, just be aware […]

Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

I got this eBook for free. The author has made available one (1) eBook of “Ashes to Water” to be given out- enter at the end of the post   My rating for Ashes to Water – 4 About: “Ashes to Water” by Irene Ziegler (website | Twitter) is a fictional mystery which takes place […]

Book Review: so much for that by Lionel Shriver

Book Review: so much for that by Lionel Shriver

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has made available one (1) copy of “so much for that” to be given out- enter at the end of the post My rating for so much for that – 5 About: “so much for that” by Lionel Shriver […]

Book Review: The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming

Book Review: The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming on Blogcritics. My rating for The Trinity Six – 4 About: “The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College […]

Greed vs. Library eBook Lending

Greed vs. Library eBook Lending

In the news last week it was announced that certain publishers decided that eBooks which have been sold to libraries will have a license to allow a book to be loaned 26 times before the embedded DRM (Digital Rights Management system) kicks in so the library will have to buy a new copy. (Image Copyright: […]

Book Review: The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Book Review: The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

I bought this book. My rating for The Six Wives of Henry VIII – 5 About: “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” by Alison Weir (Website) is a non-fiction book which tries to navigate through the maze which is known as the “Tudor History“.  Ms. Weir tells the collective story of  the six wives of […]

Book Review: Hero The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

Book Review: Hero The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

I bought this book. My rating for Hero – 5   About: “Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia” by Michael Korda is a biography of Englishman Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence better known by his nickname. The biography follows Lawrence from his birth to his early death. Purchase “Hero” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate […]