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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Giveaway & Book Review: Aikido Basics by Phong Thong Dang and‎ Lynn Seiser

Giveaway & Book Review: Aikido Basics by Phong Thong Dang and‎ Lynn Seiser

The book talks about the origins of Aikido, the philosophy of the art, some basic instructions of stances, strikes, grabs, throws and pins.

Graphic Novel Review: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV

Graphic Novel Review: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV

About: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV (illustrated by Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez) sees the innocent victims maimed by Batman’s enemies band together to blame the hero for their misfortune. This graphic novel collected the issues of Detective Comics #943-949. 168 pages Publisher: DC Comics (May 16, 2017) […]

Fun Facts Friday: Ayn Rand

Fun Facts Friday: Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (2 February, 1905 – 6 March, 1982) was a Russian-American author best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. | Books by Ayn Rand* 1)      She was born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum on February 2nd, 1905, in Saint Petersburg in the Russian Empire. 2)      The author’s family fled to Crimea during the Russian Revolution. […]

Book Review: The Last Days of Oscar Wilde by John Vanderslice

Book Review: The Last Days of Oscar Wilde by John Vanderslice

The whole book Mr. Wilde searching for inner peace. No matter where he goes, what he tries, and who he meets, this search is front and center during the narrative.

Book Review: Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Book Review: Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Jonathan is an American Jew who decided to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces, only to find himself in jail. Jonathan is friends with two Palestinians, Nimreen and Laith, a brother and sister, he met while living in the United States.

Book Review: Hard Dog to Kill by Craig Holt

Book Review: Hard Dog to Kill by Craig Holt

Stan Mullens, together with his partner Frank Giordano, is an American mercenary who sees himself as a scholar/soldier who likes what he does but has philosophical issues with his job.

Book Review: Anatomy of a Genocide by Omer Bartov

Book Review: Anatomy of a Genocide by Omer Bartov

About: Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz by Omer Bartov tells of the violent history in a small Polish town during World War II, when people who lived side by side their whole lives turned on one another. Mr. Bartov is an Israeli scholars who went off to […]

Fun Facts Friday: Mary Mapes Dodge

Fun Facts Friday: Mary Mapes Dodge

As an editor for St. Nicholas Magazine, Mrs. Mapes was in charge of it becoming one of the most successful children magazines in the late 1800s. She was able to get Robert Louis Stephenson, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, among others to contribute.

Graphic Novel Review: Batman: Detective Comics Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen by James Tynion, IV

Graphic Novel Review: Batman: Detective Comics Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen by James Tynion, IV

This is truly a cast book. The “Batmen” are just as interesting as the main hero himself, actually they are more interesting. It is refreshing to read a book where the heroes are just as interesting as the villains.

Book Review: The Cowboy President: The Making of Teddy Roosevelt and the Making of the American West by Michael F. Blake

Book Review: The Cowboy President: The Making of Teddy Roosevelt and the Making of the American West by Michael F. Blake

The author states that this part of Roosevelt’s life is often glossed over by biographers and historians, they don’t see it as very important. As well all know, however, it is the small moments, the unassuming ones which catch us off guard that sometimes create the deepest impact

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