Fun Facts Friday: William Morris

William Morris (24 March, 1834 – 3 October, 1896) was a poet, novelist and translator from England. More Books by William Morris* 1)      Mr. Morris’ day job was a textile designer and is credited for being a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts as well as production methods. 2)      He was […]

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Book Review: The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski

About: The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski is a non-fiction book which tells of the people who took it upon themselves to bring former to Nazis to justice. Mr. Nagorski was an editor for Newsweek and is an award wining journalist and author. 416 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Language: English ISBN-10: 1476771863 My rat­ing […]

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Guest Book review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Han Kang is a writer who comes from South Korea originally who received a few awards in the field of literature. She wrote The Vegetarian book back in the year 2007 but the book was published in English this year only. “I wrote of a human being who did not want to be human in […]

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Book Review: Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell

Mr. Spielberg’s Jewish story is very insightful and the author is obviously very interested in his journey as a proud Jew and a genius film maker

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Fun Facts Friday: Siegfried Lenz

Siegfried Lenz (17 March, 1926 – 7 October, 2014) was a German novelist and writer. Books by Siegfried Lenz* Born in the town of Lyck, East Prussia, Mr. Lenz would today be considered as being born in Poland. After graduation in 1943, Mr. Lenz was drafted into the Kriegsmarine, the Nave of Nazi Germany. Before the […]

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Book Review: The Book Thieves by Anders Rydell

This is a two part story, the first one, as the name of the book suggests, is the story of the Nazis trying to control people’s beliefs via literature, punishment and spectacles of burning books symbolizing “wrong” ideology. The second part is the painstaking cataloging of millions of books, returning what can be returned (through notes, plates and other identifying marks).

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Book Review: Art of War by Sun Tzu

There is an interesting commentary on just how Lionel Giles, the translator, chose to translate each line of text. The classical Chinese language is very dense and many of Sun Tzu’s passages have unclear meaning

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Infographic: Unreal Earnings – The Salaries Of Fictional Characters

How much would fictional characters get paid for doing their job in the real world? If you’ve ever lost yourself in a novel you might have wondered this about your favourite Tom, Joe or Helen. Original post can be found at: https://www.adzuna.co.uk/blog/2017/03/01/unreal-earnings-the-salaries-of-fictional-characters/

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Book Review: The New Frugality by Chris Farrell

Book Review: The New Frugality by Chris Farrell

The advice is mostly conservative and sensible.Avoid excess, budget, don’t take on too much, or any, debt and, of course, live within your means.

Fun Facts Friday: Lord Byron

Fun Facts Friday: Lord Byron

At Newstead Abbey, Byron’s home, he served guests drinks in goblets made of skulls from the family’s crypt. Lord Byron even asked for the skull of Percy Bysshe Shelley at his cremation. Shelley’s friends, knowing who he’s talking to, promptly refused.

Book Review: In the Land of Armadillos by Helen Maryles Shankman

Book Review: In the Land of Armadillos by Helen Maryles Shankman

I truly enjoyed this book and the linked stories that go along with it.

Fun Facts Friday: Molière

Fun Facts Friday: Molière

It seems that Molière enjoyed antagonizing people even those from his inner, aristocratic circle making fun of infidelity and such.

Book Review: Forgiving Mariela Camacho by A.J. Sidransky

Book Review: Forgiving Mariela Camacho by A.J. Sidransky

This novel is an exciting, fast paced page turner with many themes

Book Review: The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher

Book Review: The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher

The book is really a battle of wits between The Great Houdini and Margery, who despite their competition came to like one another (for a time).

Fun Facts Friday: Wilkie Collins

Fun Facts Friday: Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins (8 January, 1824 – 23 September, 1889) was a popular English author best known for The Woman in White and The Moonstone. Mr. Collins is credited with writing novels full of intrigue and mystery, forerunners to today’s popular detective novels. “Sarony, Napoleon (1821-1896) – Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) in 1874 2” by Napoleon Sarony […]

Book Review: African American Army Officers of World War I by Adam P. Wilson

Book Review: African American Army Officers of World War I by Adam P. Wilson

There is a lot of information in this small book, it is very insightful and sometimes dramatic. The author goes back and forth between policies, institutionalize racism and individualized stories to create a coherent timeline.

Book Review: Blue on Blue: A History of Friendly Fire by Geoffrey Regan

Book Review: Blue on Blue: A History of Friendly Fire by Geoffrey Regan

This book should be read by anyone who is interested in military history or is aspiring to leading troops.

Book Review: The Sea Beach Line by Ben Nadler

Book Review: The Sea Beach Line by Ben Nadler

The author managed to combine comedy, drama, romance, mystery, religion (Judaism) and a healthy dose of NYC culture in the narrative, yet somehow stay focused on a loose p

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