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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Fun Facts Friday: A.A. Milne

Fun Facts Friday: A.A. Milne

Today is the birthday of British children’s author A.A. Milne (18 January, 1882 – 31 January, 1956). Most people know his most beloved creation Winnie the Pooh. The A.A. stands for Alan Alexander Winnie the Pooh and friends are based on stuffed animals that belonged to Millen’s son – Christopher Robin. You can see the […]

Guest Post: The 7 Biggest Challenges for Writers and How to Overcome Them

Guest Post: The 7 Biggest Challenges for Writers and How to Overcome Them

Regardless of your area of expertise, you will agree that writing is one of the most popular and sought-after professions. While being a writer can be lucrative and gives you new opportunities, young writers are still facing a lot of challenges on a daily basis. Sometimes, these obstacles can make or break a writer’s career. […]

Book Review: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Book Review: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

About: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Pulitzer Prize winning historical fiction book taking place in 197, Viet Nam of a man who, after finishing college in the US, goes back to Vietnam to fight the communists. This is Mr. Nguyen first novel and it won a Pulitzer, where do you go from […]

Graphic Novel Review: Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Graphic Novel Review: Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

A a more naïve, less powerful version of Superman joined with a less moralistic more sarcastic version of Batman is a winning formula.

Fun Facts Friday: Bernard DeVoto

Fun Facts Friday: Bernard DeVoto

Bernard DeVoto (11 January, 1897 – 13 November, 19550 was an American writer, historian, editor, and teacher. As well as a writer, Mr. DeVoto is remembered as a champion of public land conversation and civil liberties. Books by Bernard DeVoto* Mr. DeVoto was born in Ogden, Utah. Mr. DeVoto attended the University of Utah for […]

Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

About: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is a retelling of the stories which captivated many over centuries. Mr. Gaiman is a prolific author – and one of my personal favorites. 304 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Language: English ISBN-10: 039360909X   My rating for Norse Mythology– 3 Buy Norse Mythology from Amazon.com* More […]

Graphic Novel Review: Superman vol. 1: Son of Superman by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Graphic Novel Review: Superman vol. 1: Son of Superman by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

About: Superman vol. 1: Son of Superman by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason (illustrated by Patrick Gleason and Doug Mahnke) is a graphic novel which introduces the world to the “new” Superman…. Kind of. This graphic novel collects issues #1-6 and the Superman: Rebirth one shot. 176 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401267769 My rating […]

Fun Facts Friday: Marsden Hartley

Fun Facts Friday: Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley (4 January, 1877 – 2 September, 1943) was an American essayist, poet and modernist painter. Books by Marsden Hartley* Born in Lewiston, Maine as Edmund, Mr. Hartley was the youngest of nine children. His mother died when he was eight years old, his father married Martha Marsden four years later. In his early […]

Book Review: The Cook by Maylis de Kerangal

Book Review: The Cook  by Maylis de Kerangal

About: The Cook  by Maylis de Kerangal (translated by Sam Taylor) is a fictional biography of Mauro, a young man who dreams of working as a cook / chef. Ms. de Kerangal is a prize winning French author.   112 pages Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 26, 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 0374120900 My rating […]

Graphic Novel Review: Red Lanterns Vol. 3: The Second Prophecy by Peter Milligan

Graphic Novel Review: Red Lanterns Vol. 3: The Second Prophecy by Peter Milligan

About: Red Lanterns Vol. 3: The Second Prophecy by Peter Milligan (illustrated Miguel Sepúlveda) is a graphic which continues the story of the brutal civil war the Red Lanterns (fueled by rage) are fighting. This graphic novel collects issues #0, #13-20, as well as Green Lantern #20. 272 pages Publisher: DC Comics; The New 52 […]

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