Fun Facts Friday: William Braithwaite

When, at age 15, the young Mr. Braithwaite was apprenticed to a typesetter he discovered his love to poetry and began to write his own literature.

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Book Review: Manhunters by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña

About: Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, the World’s Most Wanted Criminal by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña is a memoir of the two Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents who spent decades hunting drug traffickers. The two authors are the subject of the Netflix show Narcos, which follows their hunt for Pablo Escobar […]

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Book Review: Alexander Von Humboldt by Maren Meinhardt

This is a very readable book, exposing people to the “most celebrated scientist of the 19th century”.

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Fun Facts Friday: C.S. Lewis

Donating all the proceeds from his books to Christian charities, left Mr. Lewis struggling to pay the large tax bills.

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Book Review: Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter by Robert Hutton

The book is expertly researched with extensive notes and bibliographical information. There are many photos and illustrations throughout as well as a list of characters to make it easier to follow.

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Book Review: A Futile and Stupid Gesture by Josh Karp

Attempts, and I believe succeeded, to capture the personality and intelligence of Mr. Kenney, even though, it seems, he was not aware of  his own comedic brilliance.

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Fun Facts Friday: George Eliot

Eliot’s scandalous personal life clouded her reputation even after her death. Despite her literary achievements, Eliot was not allowed a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. She finally received recognition there in 1980, one hundred years after her death.

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Book Review: Fortune’s Child: A Novel of Empress Theodora by James Conroyd Martin

We follow Theodora through childhood, daughter to window trying to make ends meet. Teenage and adulthood where the beautiful woman finds the bug of acting, but does not shy away from prostitution. She ties her fortunes to an upperclassman who has been given a governorship in Africa, but quickly finds out that meddling in affairs of the state will not earn her any friends.

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Book Review: The General’s Cook by Ramin Ganeshram

Book Review: The General’s Cook by Ramin Ganeshram

About: The General’s Cook by Ramin Ganeshram is a historical fiction book taking place in 1793, following Herucles, a slave as well as President George Washington’s chef. Mr. Ganeshram is a journalist, chef and food writer. 336 pages Publisher: Arcade Publishing Language: English ISBN-10: 1628729775   My rating for The General’s Cook – 4 Buy […]

Fun Facts Friday: George S. Kaufman

Fun Facts Friday: George S. Kaufman

George S. Kaufman (16 November, 1889 – 2 June, 1961) was a playwright, humorist and critic, born in Pittsburgh, PA. Kaufman was a professional journalist writing humor columns, but in 1918 he decided to become a playwright. From 1921 to 1941 Mr. Kaufman had at least one hit Broadway show (either as a writer or […]

Book Review: The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom

Book Review:  The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom

About: The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom is a non-fiction book which recounts how Russia became and unlikely ally with the United States and England during World War II. Mr. Groom is a historian and novelist. 464 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: […]

Cook Book Review: Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey by America’s Test Kitchen, Eugenia Bone and Julia Della Croce

Cook Book Review: Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey by America’s Test Kitchen, Eugenia Bone and Julia Della Croce

About: Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey by America’s Test Kitchen, Eugenia Bone and Julia Della Croce is a cookbook which has recipes from certain regions of Italy. This is a book by America’s Test Kitchen, as informative and educational as the show. 384 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: 1426219741 My rating for Tasting […]

Graphic Novel Review: The Jewish Brigade #1 by Marvano

Graphic Novel Review: The Jewish Brigade #1 by Marvano

About: The Jewish Brigade #1 by Marvano is a European comic book taking place during World War II. Marvano is a comic book artist from Belgium. 50 pages Publisher: Europe Comics Language: English ASIN: B01GU4BLT8 My rating for The Jewish Brigade #1– 5 Buy The Jewish Brigade #1 from Amazon.com* More Books by Marvano* Thoughts: […]

Book Review: Family Trust by Kathy Wang

Book Review: Family Trust by Kathy Wang

About: Family Trust by Kathy Wang is a novel following an Asian American family’s trials and tribulations. This is Ms. Wang’s debut novel. 400 pages Publisher: William Morrow Language: English ISBN-10: 0062855255 My rating for Family Trust  – 4 Buy Family Trust  from Amazon.com* More Books by Kathy Wang* Thoughts: On the face of it, […]

Book Review: Four Soldiers by Hubert Mingarelli

Book Review: Four Soldiers by Hubert Mingarelli

About: Four Soldiers by Hubert Mingarelli (translated by Sam Taylor) is a short novel taking about members of the Russian Army fighting the Russian Civil War in 1919. Mr. Mingarelli is a French writer, he won the Prix Medici prize in 2003 for this novel. 144 pages Publisher: The New Press Language: English ISBN-10: 1620974401 […]

Graphic Novel Review: James Bond: The Body by Aleš Kot

Graphic Novel Review: James Bond: The Body by Aleš  Kot

About: James Bond: The Body by Aleš  Kot (illustrated by Luca Casalanguida, Rapha Lobosco, Valentina Pinto, Tom Napolitano and Eoin Marron) finds secret agent 007 recounting how he got each cut and bruise on his last mission. This graphic novel collects the six issues which make up The Body story-line. 152 pages Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment […]

Fun Facts Friday: Odysseas Elytis

Fun Facts Friday: Odysseas Elytis

Odysseas Elytis (2 November, 1911 – 18 March, 1996) was a Greek poet and a 1979 Nobel Prize laureate. Odysseus Elytis, left, receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, 1979 Image from Encyclopædia Britannica Books by Odysseas Elytis* Born in Heraklion, on the island of Crete, Mr. Elytis was a […]

Book Review: Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service by Gordon Corera

Book Review: Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service by Gordon Corera

About: Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Store of World War II Resistance in Europe by Gordon Corera is a non-fiction account of the British “Pigeon Warfare” effort. Mr. Corera is a journalist and writer, he specializes on security issues for the BBC. 352 pages Publisher: William Morrow Language: English ISBN-10: 9780062667076 […]

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