Book Review: The Books of Rachel by Joel Gross

If all you know of Jewish history is the Bible or your World War II classes in school, this book attempts to fill in some of the gaps.

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Fun Facts Friday: Primo Levi

Primo Levi (31 July, 1919 – 11 April, 1987) was an Italian chemist and writer books about his experiences as a Jewish man during World War II.

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Book Review: Disney’s Land by Richard Snow

Walt Disney’s attention to detail is amazing, but like many great men this part of his personality caused great concern and setbacks when it came to the park. He insisted on details being absolutely right even though no one but him and the workers will see it. Whether he was right or not depends on who you ask, personally I’m amazed at the details in the parks and could enjoy simply walking around appreciating them all without ever going on an actual ride.

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Book Review: The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

The book was well researched and Ms. Kline brought forth historical accuracies without taking away from the narrative, something many historical fiction authors fail to do.  

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Fun Facts Friday: Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda Fitzgerald (24 July, 1900 – 10 March, 1948) was an American author, painter and socialite. Together with her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, they became the symbol for the Roaring 20s.

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Guest Post: What You Need to Know About the Art of Fanfiction

While fanfiction may make you think of “50 Shades of Grey” or teen fiction brought about in the internet age, fanfiction actually has a rich root in history.

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Book Review: Champion: A German Boxer, a Jewish Assassin and Hitler’s Revenge by Stephen Deutsch

The book is well researched, it presents events with historical accuracy without spending time on nuances which will bog down the story. I enjoyed that the author tried to make the story flow presenting relevant facts intertwining with the narrative.

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Book Review: In the Shadows of Men by Robert Jackson Bennett

When I was about half way in the novella, I didn’t know if I was reading a supernatural story, or one about a man’s sanity spiraling down to oblivion. It turned out that this story is a bit of both, exploring the traumas of childhood and how it affects adults’ lives.

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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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