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: 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

Fun Facts Friday: Alexander Woollcott

Fun Facts Friday: Alexander Woollcott

Alexander Woollcott (19 January, 1887 – 23 January, 1943) was a critic and commentator, as well as a member of the Algonquin Round Table.  The Algonquin Round Table was a group of writers and actors from New York City which met for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until 1929 or so and inspired each […]

Book Review: Samurai Swords – A Collector’s Guide by Clive Sinclaire

Book Review: Samurai Swords – A Collector’s Guide by Clive Sinclaire

The book is designed beautifully and the sections flow one into each other, but can still be skipped or read independently.

Spotlight feature: Al Shabah: An Assassin’s Story

Spotlight feature: Al Shabah: An Assassin’s Story

Spotlight feature: Al Shabah: An Assassin’s Story takes readers into the heart and heat of the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990). The story starts with a ten year old Paul as Bassam, a terrorist known as “Yellow Eyes”, overtakes Paul’s small hometown in the Bekaa Valley, killing his brother and sister in front of him. This forces […]

Book Review: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

Book Review: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

Even if you don’t have a passion for the outdoors, or not a fan of America’s National Parks this book will certainly entertain you. It is an easy read with excellent pictures from the old and recent days.

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