Fun Facts Friday: Alain Robbe-Grillet

Alain Robbe-Grillet (18 August, 1922 – 18 February, 2008) was a French writer and filmmaker. Books by Alain Robbe-Grillet* 1)      Mr. Robbe-Grillet’s family were mostly scientists and engineers. 2)      His occupation was that of an agricultural engineer. 3)      After he published his first novel The Erasers (Les Gommes) in 1953, Mr. Robbe-Grillet became a full time novelist. 4)      He became a literary advisor for […]

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Book Review: Unspeakable by Dilys Rose

“The preachers who were the poor boy’s murderers crowded round him at the gallows, and… insulted heaven with prayers more blasphemous than anything he had uttered.”
– Sir Thomas James Babington Macaulay, Baron of Rothley

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Guest Post: Writing A Book And Everything You Need To Know

Writing A Book And Everything You Need To Know Is it true that everyone has a book inside them, waiting to be written? Perhaps not, but you may well think you have a great idea for a story, how to guide, or memoir, just begging to be put down on paper. However, writing is book […]

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Book Review: All Those Things We Never Said by Marc Levy

Frankly, I thought this book could have simply been a short story or a novella

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Fun Facts Friday: Enid Blyton

Trained as a teacher, she wrote in her spare time. Ms. Blyton’s first published book was Child Whispers (1922), while she was still teaching.

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Book Review: The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann

The story actually has three protagonists, Max Cohn, a kid in present day Los Angeles, Moshe Goldenhirsch who is a young Jewish man at the heyday of World War II, and again, Moshe as an elderly retiree in present day Los Angeles

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Book Review: Monticello: The Official Guide to Thomas Jefferson’s World by Charley Miller & Peter Miller

We like visiting historic places and we know that many times context is everything. An artifact, a building, or even something that might seem insignificant get a whole new meaning when viewed in the right light.

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Fun Facts Friday: Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun (4 August, 1859 – 19 February, 1952) was a Norwegian author and a Noble prize winner. Books by Knut Hamsun* 1)      Born as Knud Pedersen to a poor family, the author grew up on his uncle’s farm. 2)      When he was nine years old, the boy was separated from his family and went […]

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Book Review: 23 Degrees South by Neal Rabin

Book Review: 23 Degrees South by Neal Rabin

The story is action packed, sometimes hilarious, sometimes amusing, but always entertaining.

New Kiva Loan: Rosendo from Chuquisaca, Bolivia

New Kiva Loan: Rosendo from Chuquisaca, Bolivia

A loan of $4,950 helps Rosendo to purchase bee-keeping materials and equipment so he can earn a better income for his family. Click here to donate yourself Rosendo’s story Sr. Rosendo is a 37-year old who lives in Chuquisaca Department in the municipality of Monteagudo. He lives in his own home, and his business is […]

Fun Facts Friday: Ambrose Bierce

Fun Facts Friday: Ambrose Bierce

Bierce’s short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, was considered by Kurt Vonnegut as the greatest American short story

New Kiva Loan: Anita from the USA

New Kiva Loan: Anita from the USA

A loan of $10,000 helps Anita me enhance Onēva’s technology platform so we are able to scale hiring quickly which is necessary to meet our customer’s demand. Click here to donate yourself Anita’s story I grew up in Richmond, CA and am the youngest of 8 kids. After graduating from high school, I attended UC […]

Graphic Novel Review: The Arab of the Future 2 by Riad Sattouf

Graphic Novel Review: The Arab of the Future 2 by Riad Sattouf

The story is funny when seen from the view point of a child (as it is told) but somewhat tragic when read from a more mature, worldly, perspective.

Book Review: The Innocents by Ace Atkins

Book Review: The Innocents by Ace Atkins

What I truly enjoy in this series is that some of the people in it cannot keep on the straight and narrow path no matter what happens

10 Father’s Day Traditions Around the World

10 Father’s Day Traditions Around the World

Father’s Day is a time to reflect on all the things that your dad taught you. How much times did your dad spend reading to you before bed? As you grew older, how often did you two spend talking about your favorite books and sharing new finds? Reflecting on all those treasured memories is a […]

Fun Facts Friday: John Hersey

Fun Facts Friday: John Hersey

John Hersey (17 June, 1914 – 24 March, 1993) was a prize winning American writer. Mr. Hersey is considered to be one of the earliest practitioners of New Journalism. Books by John Hersey His parents were Protestant missionaries, he was born in Tientsin, China. Mr. Hersey can trace his roots back to William Hersey (Hercy) […]

Book Review: Good People by Nir Baram

Book Review: Good People by Nir Baram

A very ambitious and well researched novel which tries to understand how good people simply roll over and help commit atrocities

Book Review: The Redeemers by Ace Atkins

Book Review: The Redeemers by Ace Atkins

Another great installment in The Ranger series, and probably the funniest one.

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