Guest Post: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This idea was embodied in the creation of individual centers, where all women capable of having a child were forced to become a servant.

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Graphic Novel Review: Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe) by Dan Watters

About: Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe) by Dan Watters (illustrated by Max Fiumara and Sebastian Fiumara )expands on the expensive universe created by Neil Gaiman.  The Sandman is a series of comic books following Dream (Morpheus, among other aliases), and is one of the few graphic novels to grace the New York […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Jean-Paul Sartre

He was a practical joker during his time at Ecole Normale Supérieure, a school he was attending. Once he convinced the media that following his transatlantic flight, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh would stop at the school. Him and his classmates hired a lookalike, how walked in with the media behind him.

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Book Review: The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer

About: The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer is a fantasy novel following two brothers, born in the mid-1300s, who jump forward 99 years for every day that passes. Dr. Mortimer is an award winning historian and novelist.  400 pages Publisher: Pegasus Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1681776162 My rating for The Outcasts of Time – 4 Buy The Outcasts […]

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Book Review: Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

When most of us hear the name Leonardo da Vinci, we think of his paintings the Mona Lisa or the Last Supper. Others might think of The Vitruvian Man or his designs of early tanks and helicopter. Just like any other human beings, Leonardo da Vinci is more than a painter, engineer or weapon smith, and in this biography Walter Isaacson tries to figure out this complex genius.

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Book Review: One Giant Leap by Charles Fishman

About: One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman tells the story of the Americans who fought tooth and nail to accomplish the task of sending me to the moon, and bringing them safely back to Earth. 480 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Language: English ISBN-10: 1501106295 My rating […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe (14 June, 1811 – 1 July, 1896) is an American author, known mostly for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin but she was an avid writer all of her life. Picture from Nation’s history is embedded in portrait of a famous writer – boston.com Books by Harriet Beecher Stowe* 1 ) Uncle Tom’s […]

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Book Review: The Undercover Nazi Hunter by Wolfe Frank

About: The Undercover Nazi Hunter: Exposing Subterfuge and Unmasking Evil in Post-War Germany by Wolfe Frank (edited by Paul Hooley) is a non-fiction book composed of articles the author wrote while he researched post-war Germany’s attitude through street level  investigations. Mr. Frank, a German born British citizen, was the Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials. 288 […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Amelia Edwards

Fun Facts Friday: Amelia Edwards

Amelia Edwards (7 June, 1831 – 15 April, 1892) a novelist, journalist and Egyptologist from England. She was well known for her ghost story The Phantom Coach and A Thousand Miles Up the Nile, a travelogue. Books by Amelia Edwards* The author was born in London, England as Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards. Her father was an […]

Book Review: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik

Book Review: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik

About: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik is a novel taking place in the jungles of Bolivia, where an American woman finds herself with her Bolivian husband who went back to his village. Ms. Ferencik is a best selling author. 336 pages Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press Language: English ISBN-10: 1501168924 My rating for Into the Jungle – 3 Buy Into […]

Book Review: Jet by Russell Blake

Book Review: Jet by Russell Blake

About: Jet by Russell Blake is the first book in  a series about a former Israeli Mossad assassin. Mr. Blake is an international best selling author of action/adventure novels. 292 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Language: English ISBN-10: 1500176109 My rating for Jet – 4 Buy Jet from Amazon.com* More Books by Russell Blake* Thoughts: I enjoyed reading Jet by Russell Blake, […]

Book Review: Moon Rush: The New Space Race by Leonard David

Book Review: Moon Rush: The New Space Race by Leonard David

About: Moon Rush: The New Space Race by Leonard David talks about the history of man getting to the moon and suggests a path forward to the satellite which we, for all intents and purposes, abandoned. Mr. David is a space & science journalist with a long and distinguished career behind him and the 2010 […]

Fun Facts Friday: Walt Whitman

Fun Facts Friday: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (31 May, 1819 – 26 March, 1892) was an American journalist and essayists – I believe he also wrote a poem or two. Mr. Whitman is, of course, one of the most influential poets in the American catalog. Books by Walt Whitman*  Mr. Whitman was born in Huntington, Long Island. In addition to being […]

Book Review: Death in Shangri-La by Yigal Zur

Book Review: Death in Shangri-La by Yigal Zur

It took me about a quarter of the book to realize that I’m actually reading two different stories, in two different tones. The first, a noir style narrative, reminiscent of Cold War novels, where an operative, Dotan Naor, is a macho, somewhat sexist loaner being forced to work with a partner who is out of her element. The second, a narrative a-la a travel guide about India, its history, geography and culture.

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson

About: The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Pop Mhan) finds Barry Allen, the title hero, at a breaking point where he is about to lose everything and everyone close to him. This graphic novel collects issues of The Flash #23 – 38. 136 pages Publisher: DC […]

Fun Facts Friday: William Trevor

Fun Facts Friday: William Trevor

William Trevor (24 May, 1928 – 20 November, 2016) was a playwright and novelist from Ireland. Books by William Trevor* Born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, as William Trevor Cox to a middle class family, Mr. Trevor graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a history degree. He worked as a sculptor under the name Trevor Cox […]

Book Review: D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose

Book Review: D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose

About: D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose is several short historical accounts of women spies, tied into a single narrative. Ms. Rose is an author and journalist whose work appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal […]

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded by Joshua Williamson

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded by Joshua Williamson

About: The Flash, Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico) is a graphic novel where The Flash is fighting a litany of villains, or is he helping them?  This graphic novel collects The Flash #14 – 20. My rating for The Flash, Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded – 4 Buy The Flash, Vol. […]

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