Book Review: Frances Mayes Always Italy by Frances Mayes & Ondine Cohane

About: Frances Mayes Always Italy by Frances Mayes & Ondine Cohane is a travel book and guide to the country which they both love. Ms. Mayes is a renowned writer of such books as Under the Tuscan Sun and other bestsellers. Ms. Cohane is a New York Times travel writer. 416 pages Publisher: National Geographic […]

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Fun Facts Friday: George Herbert

George Herbert (3 April, 1593 – 1 March, 1633) was an English priest, orator, and poet. His poems are associated with the writings of metaphysical poets.

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Book Review: Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success by Dan Schawbel

This book has aged, some of the specific advice is no longer relevant, as many are at this age where information moves so fast it changes on a monthly, weekly, daily, and even hourly basis. So it’s only expected that what was true about certain websites five years ago, is no longer so.

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Book Review: The Last Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

Milo Weaver, the reluctant spy, finds himself facing a CIA analyst about 10 years after the Department of Tourism, CIA’s silent assassins, was disbanded. The two find themselves on the run when a new breed of Tourists tries to kill them both.

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Fun Facts Friday: Howard Lindsay

Lindsay and Crouse won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play State of the Union (1946).

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Book Review: Captain Nemo by Kevin J. Anderson

This was a really enjoyable story, the narrative reads like a biography and not a fictional tale,

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Guest Post: 4 Books That Will Change Your Life

Words can be powerful. Most readers will know from experience that certain books and their ideas and philosophies have the ability to affect how you see the world. We have collected a handful of books that, regardless of time, age or setting, have a message that will impact your life for the better.

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Book Review: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

As a fan of the author, I had high hopes for this book. His talent of for extracting relevant, accurate, entertaining and informative information from the annals of history is something which I envy.

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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

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, of the Valley of Sorek and one heck of a nag), so a lot is left to the imagination.

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

Mr. Gul is certainly an expert on the subject and breezes through acronyms, even though to his credit he explains who they are / were several times in the narrative – for those who need more information there is a comprehensive synopsis of militants and organizations in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Book Review: An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

Book Review: An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

This is a charming book; a quick read with likable characters even thought the plot is quite predictable and somewhat unbelievable.

Book Review: The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

Book Review: The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

The story is a very imaginative piece and the marketing is brilliant. Since this isn’t the type of genre I usually read I never would have been introduced to the author Brian James Freeman unless I would have been given this book for free.

Graphic Novel Revew: The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell

Graphic Novel Revew: The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell

I was hooked on the first few pages of the book, the art is wonderful, the story is told through a very personal point of view and the format is engaging

Book Review: Don Quixote – by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Edith Grossman (Translator)

Book Review: Don Quixote – by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Edith Grossman (Translator)

Even though this book was written centuries ago I found it contemporary, charming, hilarious and accessible. I believe that it is a great disservice to Cervantes that Don Quixote is being thought of as a drama only to disregard the story’s comedic aspects.

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