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: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis

Book Review: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis

I bought this book. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away.   American Sphinx is an elegant, informative and well researched book, yet a bit strange and differs from other biographies.  In this book, Mr. Ellis tries to figure […]

Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan

Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan

I borrowed this book from the local library. Devils in Exile , a fictional story, starts out great and with a subject which speaks volumes.  Neal Maven, a loser in high school who turned out to be a lethal fighting machine in Iraq, is coming back home to…nothing. I remember taking of my uniform as […]

Book Review: John Adams by David McCullough

Book Review: John Adams by David McCullough

I bought this book. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away.   John Adams by David McCullough is a fabulous biography of the second President of these United States.  Mr. McCullough’s characterization of the president and his wife really […]

Book Review: A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism by Yossi Katz

Book Review: A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism by Yossi Katz

Disclaimer: I got this book as an ARC in exchange for a review. “A Voice Called” is the kind of book I used to love as a kid, and still do. Sometimes you just don’t know if you’re interested in something and are looking for a short summary about a subject to see if you […]

Book Review: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

Book Review: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

I got this book as a gift.   I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. “His Excellency: George Washington” is an overview of Washington’s life, the important decisions he made and why did he make them. Mr. Ellis’ research […]

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I got this book as from the local library.  Will traveling around the world help Elizabeth Gilbert deal with depression? Maybe, it certainly couldn’t hurt and it’s sure worth finding out. Eat, Pray, Love is a 2006 memoir of Ms. Gilbert which chronicles her trip around the world after her divorce and takes the reader […]

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

I borrowed this book from my mother. “Purge” is a fictional story tells the story of three generations of Estonian women (and the men in their lives).The book chapters jump in time to tell the tale of some horrifying events in their lives which correspond to the historical events which take Estonia, in general, and […]

Handmade Disney Autograph Books

Handmade Disney Autograph Books

I made them autograph books made of wood and it occurred to me that many bibliophiles might appreciate it.

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

I borrowed this book from the local public library. This attempt at biblical fiction not a re-telling of the story of Samson, but a complete overhaul of the familiar story – a re-imagining if you will. The bible doesn’t tell us much about Samson’s wife, or even Delilah (except that she was beautiful, Samson’s love, […]

Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul

Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul

Disclaimer – The book I read is an advanced uncorrected proof which I received for free. The book gets its title from a speech President Obama made on March, 2009: “For the American people, this border region has become the most dangerous place in the world,” This scrupulous coverage of Pakistan was written by the […]

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