Fun Facts Friday: George S. Kaufman

George S. Kaufman (16 November, 1889 – 2 June, 1961) was a playwright, humorist and critic, born in Pittsburgh, PA. Kaufman was a professional journalist writing humor columns, but in 1918 he decided to become a playwright. From 1921 to 1941 Mr. Kaufman had at least one hit Broadway show (either as a writer or […]

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Book Review: The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom

About: The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom is a non-fiction book which recounts how Russia became and unlikely ally with the United States and England during World War II. Mr. Groom is a historian and novelist. 464 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: […]

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Cook Book Review: Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey by America’s Test Kitchen, Eugenia Bone and Julia Della Croce

About: Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey by America’s Test Kitchen, Eugenia Bone and Julia Della Croce is a cookbook which has recipes from certain regions of Italy. This is a book by America’s Test Kitchen, as informative and educational as the show. 384 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: 1426219741 My rating for Tasting […]

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Graphic Novel Review: The Jewish Brigade #1 by Marvano

About: The Jewish Brigade #1 by Marvano is a European comic book taking place during World War II. Marvano is a comic book artist from Belgium. 50 pages Publisher: Europe Comics Language: English ASIN: B01GU4BLT8 My rating for The Jewish Brigade #1– 5 Buy The Jewish Brigade #1 from Amazon.com* More Books by Marvano* Thoughts: […]

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Book Review: Family Trust by Kathy Wang

About: Family Trust by Kathy Wang is a novel following an Asian American family’s trials and tribulations. This is Ms. Wang’s debut novel. 400 pages Publisher: William Morrow Language: English ISBN-10: 0062855255 My rating for Family Trust  – 4 Buy Family Trust  from Amazon.com* More Books by Kathy Wang* Thoughts: On the face of it, […]

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Book Review: Four Soldiers by Hubert Mingarelli

About: Four Soldiers by Hubert Mingarelli (translated by Sam Taylor) is a short novel taking about members of the Russian Army fighting the Russian Civil War in 1919. Mr. Mingarelli is a French writer, he won the Prix Medici prize in 2003 for this novel. 144 pages Publisher: The New Press Language: English ISBN-10: 1620974401 […]

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Graphic Novel Review: James Bond: The Body by Aleš Kot

About: James Bond: The Body by Aleš  Kot (illustrated by Luca Casalanguida, Rapha Lobosco, Valentina Pinto, Tom Napolitano and Eoin Marron) finds secret agent 007 recounting how he got each cut and bruise on his last mission. This graphic novel collects the six issues which make up The Body story-line. 152 pages Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Odysseas Elytis

Odysseas Elytis (2 November, 1911 – 18 March, 1996) was a Greek poet and a 1979 Nobel Prize laureate. Odysseus Elytis, left, receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, 1979 Image from Encyclopædia Britannica Books by Odysseas Elytis* Born in Heraklion, on the island of Crete, Mr. Elytis was a […]

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Author Q and A with Bob Ingle

Author Q and A with Bob Ingle

Elections Day Special. The people of New Jersey often wonder where does all the billions of money from the road-tolls go? I came to a conclusion that collecting tolls is simply a time honored tradition.  After all, the New Jersey’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention were late because they stopped to collect tolls, as well […]

Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I bought this book. My Rating for The Help – 4 About: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett’s tells the stories of black domestic servants working in white households of Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s.  A white college graduate, who doesn’t really do anything, decides to collect these stories (a book within a book) and […]

Author Q and A with Brian James Freeman

Author Q and A with Brian James Freeman

Brian James Freeman (website) is a prolific author, at age 14 he sold his first story and hasn’t stopped since.   I’ve been introduced to Brian’s work when I downloaded his free full length eBook “The Painted Darkness” (book website – book review), which was actually one of my first posted reviews on this blog. Brian […]

Book Review: Washington – A Life by Ron Chernow

Book Review: Washington – A Life by Ron Chernow

I bought this book. All pictures were taken by me on our tripp to Mt. Vernon. Click on the picture to read the trip journal. My rating for Washington: A Life – 5 About: “Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow is an encompassing biography of George Washington.  This  marvelous book breaks the wooden image of Washington and […]

Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins on Blogcritics My rating for The Woman in White – 4 About: “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins was published as a newspaper serial in 1859. In 1860 a collected edition of the chapters was […]

Reviews in a Glance

Reviews in a Glance

I created a new page called “Reviews in a Glance” to make it easier to navigate the website. You can either click on the menu link above or here to go to the page. Basically I gathered up all my reviews, alphabetized them by title and write a one or two line commentary. What do […]

Book Review: The Soprano State by Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure

Book Review: The Soprano State by Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure

I bought this book. The movie Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption The Documentary: Part One is coming out today – if you want a funny, sad, poignent and thought provoking movie this is the one for you. | My rating for The Soprano State – 5   About: “The Soprano State: New Jersey’s […]

Book Review: Directing Animation by David Levy

Book Review: Directing Animation by David Levy

 I got this eBook for free. Allworth Press has kindly made available one (1) copy of “Directing Animation” to one lucky winner (US Addresses Only).  See contest link & Rules below Congradulations to psxchely@ for the winning entry My rating for Directing Animation – 5 About: “Directing Animation” by David Levy is a non-fiction book […]

Book Review: Panopticon by David Bajo

Book Review: Panopticon by David Bajo

I got this book for free. Contest: Unbridled Books has kindly made available one (1) copy of “Panopticon” to one lucky winner (US Addresses Only).  See contest link & Rules below. Congradulations treerose@ for the winning entry   My rating for Panopticon – 4 About: “Panopticon” by David Bajo is a fictional book which tells […]

Book Review: John Quincy Adams by Paul C. Nagel

Book Review: John Quincy Adams by Paul C. Nagel

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. My rating for John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life – 4 About: “John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life” […]

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