James Agee (27 September, 1909 – 16 May, 1955) was an award winning author, poet, screenwriter, film critic and journalist from Tennessee....

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, it’s actually in contention for THE favorite holiday. I love that it’s not commercial, there is no stress of presents, just good food, drinks, family, and fun. The holiday is only as religious as you want to make it, or none at all if you wish. The spirit of the holiday, however is the same regardless, take one day a year to appreciate all you have....

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The Coming Cyber War What Executives, the Board, and You Should Know by Marc Crudgington is a business book in which the author makes his case for executives on how to prepare for the oncoming cyber events.  Mr. Crudgington is a Chief Information Security Office (CISO) and a technology expert....

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The Patriots: Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the Making of America by Winston Groom is a  history book focusing on the relationships, personal and professional, between the three American founding fathers mentioned in the title....

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Pilgrim Days: From Vietnam to the SAS by Alastair MacKenzie is a memoir of the author who served in the special forces of several countries over his life. The book documents his life from serving in the New Zealand Army in Vietnam, to the SAS, South Africa, Oman, and finally as a private security agent....

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The Empress by Laura Martinez-Belli (translated by Simon Bruni) is a novel about the life of Empress Carlota, wife of Maximilian von Habsburg of Austria who was, for a sort time, installed by the French as Mexico’s Emperor....

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Robert Louis Stevenson (13 November, 1850 – 3 December, 1894) has been one of my favorite authors since I could read. He is know for such works as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde....

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The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson is a wonderful coffee table book with writings about the most recent trends in the world of wine, written by experts from several countries. Mr. Stevenson is an award wining wine writer....

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When Heroes Fly (בשבילה גיבורים עפים) by Amir Gutfreund is a novel taking place over three decades in Israel, starting in the 1960s after the Six Days War....

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James Jones (6 November, 1921 – 9 May, 1977)was an American author, mostly known for his award winning novel From Here to Eternity....

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Book Review: Devil’s Garden by Ace Atkins
5 Stars , Historical Fiction / September 20, 2010

In “Devil’s Garden”, a historical fiction novel, author Ace Atkins recounts the events of a historic Labor Day weekend in 1921, San Francisco. On that fateful day beloved comic and silent movie star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle held a weekend of drunkenness orgy (regardless of the prohibition laws) and debauchery with several friends, sans his wife of course...

Rising Cost of eBooks… Author Got Me Started
Opinion / September 19, 2010

Recently I’ve had some very interesting conversation via email with author Irene Ziegler (Rules of the Lake, Ashes to Water, ). I’ve left a comment on her blog and she contacted me by email asking for an expansion on my thoughts which, as an opinionated person, I was happy to oblige. The conversation, which is nothing more than some preliminary thoughts and a bit of venting about cost of eBooks, was very interesting and engaging. I...

Book Review: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler
4 Stars , Non-Fiction / September 17, 2010

"Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean" by Ed Kritzler is about a small part in the vast history of the Jewish people. This is an incredible book with many fascinating characters their intrigue, exploration and adventure. The author focuses on the Jewish pirates as well as the legitimate Jewish seamen (such as pilots, navigators, etc.) since, let's face it, there is a reason you never heard of Jewish pirates - there weren't that many....

Book Review: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
4 Stars , Fiction / September 15, 2010

“The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver is the fictional story of Harrison William Sheppard, a quite boy of a dull American bureaucrat and a saucy Mexican mother.  Sheppard, as he prefers to be called, spends his childhood with his mother in Mexico filling out notebooks with stories and memories while she chases rich prospective suitors. 544 pages ISBN-13 : 978-006085258 Publisher : Harper Perennial Language : English  My rating for Th...

Twitter Survey Results: How Long Do You Spend Writing Book Reviews
Opinion / September 14, 2010

Yesterday I asked bookbloggers on Twitter (#bookbloggers) how long do they spend writing book reviews.  As expected the answers were varied and interesting. Prolific blogger kaolin fire (kaolin fire presents , @kaolinfire/) said: “just writing? maybe an hour, if it’s not an antho or collection of some sort; thinking about it? few more hours“. Creative blogger iubookgril (Girl Reads a Book, @bellareads) chimed in as we...

Book Review: Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar
4 Stars , Biblical Fiction / September 13, 2010

“Pearl in the Sand” by Tessa Afshar, a biblical fiction novel, is the story of Rahab, one of the most thought provoking women of the Jewish bible (the Old Testament), in the book of Joshua. Rahab is a woman of the city of Jericho and works in the world’s oldest profession, a prostitute as well as an inn keeper. Rahab earned praise in the bible because of her unique faith, as well as being of the lineage of Jesus....

Book Review: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede
5 Stars , Non-Fiction / September 10, 2010

If I started reading a book about 9/11 and a few pages into it found that an American General, a CEO of an international clothing conglomerate, several members of the board of a wealthy charity, an NYPD detective and parents of a firefighter who is lost in the World Trade Center were stuck in a small Canadian town in the middle of Newfoundland (not to mention a long-lost native son) I would have put the book away with a chuckle and star...

Book Review: The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva
5 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction / September 8, 2010

Vicary is a spy catcher - he does his job well until realizing that a small group of German sleeper agents trained by Abwehr officer Kurt Vogel are still in Britain. The threat is that the German agents could discover the secrets to the invasion and allow the Germans to setup a proper defense line (or call the invasion off) and the invasion would fail....

Book Review: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
2 Stars , Fiction / September 6, 2010

“Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann is a series of well written short stories, which ultimately get intertwined. These fictional stories happen around the cultural touchstone of Philippe Petit stringing a cable between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walking the distance, to the amazement of the people below....

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