Fun Facts Friday: James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell (22 February, 1819 – 12 August, 1891) was an American editor, critic, poet, and diplomat. Books by James Russell Lowell* Born in Cambridge MA, he was an 8th generation Lowell, ancestors to settlers who came to America in 1639. In 1838 Mr. Lowell graduated from Harvard College. Despite being known as a […]

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Book Review: A Cobbler’s Tale by Neil Perry Gordon

About: A Cobbler’s Tale : Jewish Immigrants Story of Survival, from Eastern Europe to New York’s Lower East Side by Neil Perry Gordon is a  historical-fiction book based on the experiences of the author’s family. This is Mr. Gordon’s first novel. 334 pages Publisher: Neil Perry Gordon Language: English ISBN-10: 9781732667709   My rating for […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Arale by Tristan Roulot

About: Arale by Tristan Roulot (illustrated by Denis Rodier) is a graphic novel taking place in Russia, 1934 in which the Czar is mortally wounded and Rasputin concocts a mind transfer plan. This graphic novel was originally published in France. 66 pages Publisher: Europe Comics Language: English ASIN: B07N8C3CZK   My rating for Arale – […]

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Book Review: Death March Escape by Jack J Hersch

About: Death March Escape: The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust by Jack J Hersch is a biography of Dave Hersch, the author’s father. This is Mr. Hersch’s first non-fiction book. 256 pages Publisher: Frontline Books Language: English ASIN: B07GCH7F5Z My rating for Death March Escape – 5 Buy Death March Escape from […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Sax Rohmer

Prolific English author Sax Rohmer was born on this day in 1883 (d: 1 June, 1959). Mr. Rohmer is best known for his series featuring the mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu. A few months ago I also did a Fun Facts post about the character Dr. Fu-Manchu.     More books by Sax Rohmer Sax Rohmer’s […]

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Book Review: The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

About: The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King is a historical fiction novel taking place in Italy around the middle 1500s. This is Ms. King’s second novel. 384 pages Publisher: Atria Books Language: English ISBN-10: 150119643X My rating for The Chef’s Secret – 4 Buy The Chef’s Secret from Amazon.com* More books by Crystal King* Thoughts: Books about food and food preparation, […]

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Book Review: 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas by Joe Yogerst

About: 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do by Joe Yogerst is a travel book published by National Geographic about the American National Parks. Mr. Yogerst has written several books for National Geographic and lives a traveler’s life many only dream about. 400 pages Publisher: National […]

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Book Review: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

About: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson is a novel taking place in the last half of the 20th Century, following an African-American FBI officer, recruited by the CIA to undermine an African leader. This is Ms. Wilkinson’s first novel. 304 pages Publisher: Random House (February 12, 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 0812998952 My rating for American […]

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Book Review: The Storm over Paris by William Ian Grubman

Book Review: The Storm over Paris by William Ian Grubman

About: The Storm over Paris by William Ian Grubman is a historical fiction novel taking place in Paris, 1942, and follows an art dealer trying to save art from the hands of the Nazis. This is Mr. Grubman’s first novel. The publisher is giving away one (1) copy of this book – enter via the rafflecoper […]

Book Review: The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden

Book Review: The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden

A fictionalized account of the book The Persian Expedition by Xenophon. Mr. Iggulden is a bestselling author, known for the Emperor, Conqueror, and Wars of the Roses series.

Book Review: A Spy in Exile by Jonathan De Shalit

Book Review: A Spy in Exile by Jonathan De Shalit

I’m a sucker for good spy novels, so when I saw A Spy in Exile by Jonathan De Shalit, a novel about the Israeli Mossad I immediately requested it and put it on top of my “to read” list.

Fun Facts Friday: Langston Hughes

Fun Facts Friday: Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes (1 February, 1902 – 22 May, 1967) was a poet, novelist, playwright & translator born in Missouri, and a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Books by Langston Hughes* Born as James Mercer Langston Hughes in Joplin, Missouri. Both his paternal great-grandmothers were slaves, and both paternal great-grandfathers were white slave owners in […]

Book Review: The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson

Book Review: The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson

About: The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson (translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles) is the second novel featuring Allan Karlsson, a reluctant anti-hero going through life, involving himself and influencing world matters. This is a follow up to Mr. Jonasson’s best seller The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. […]

Book Review: The Plotters by Un-su Kim

Book Review: The Plotters by Un-su Kim

Reseng, was rained by a man named Old Raccoon in The Library of Dogs to become an assassin. In the corrupt underworld of South Korea though, alliances shift rapidly and Reseng is seeing his peers become the ones being hunted.

Graphic Novel Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Graphic Novel Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

About: Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Red Meat by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is a graphic novel featuring all the action, comedy, and even drama one would expect from the title psycho anti-hero.  This graphic novel collects issues of Harley Quinn $14 – 21.   144 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401273696   […]

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Burns

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Burns

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) was a Scottish poet and lyricist. Many people consider him the national poet of Scotland. Complete Works of Robert Burns* Other names Robert Burns has used are Rabbie Burns, the Ploughman Poet, and the Bard of Ayrshire. He was the oldest of seven children, in a […]

Book Review: The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Book Review: The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I absolutely loved the previous three books in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series: The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, and The Prisoner of Heaven. Of course I had to read The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and hoped to find a satisfying end to one of the finest series of books I’ve ever read.

Graphic Novel Review: Superman Vol. 3: Multiplicity by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Graphic Novel Review: Superman Vol. 3: Multiplicity by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

A graphic novel featuring alternate version of Superman that have been disappearing

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