Fun Facts Friday: Randolph Caldecott

Randolph Caldecott (22 March, 1846 – 12 February, 1886) was an artist and illustrator, mainly of children’s books, from England. Born in Chester, Mr. Caldecott was the third of 13 children. Caldecott worked at a bank, but went to the Manchester School of Art. Once he knew he could make a living with his art, […]

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Book Review: Books by Larry McMurtry

About: Books by Larry McMurtry is a non-fiction memoir of the author’s time as an antiquarian book seller.  Mr. McMurtry is an American novelist, who is known for writing about the Old West such as Lonesome Dove. 272 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Language: English ISBN-10: 9781416583349 My rating for Books – 3 Buy Books from Amazon.com* More Books by Larry McMurtry* […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth by Greg Rucka

About: Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth by Greg Rucka (illustrated by Liam Sharp) is a graphic novel which continues the story of Diana of Themyscira search for the truth about herself. This graphic novel collects issues 13, 15 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 of Wonder Woman. 176 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Lady Augusta Gregory

Lady Augusta Gregory (15 March, 1852 – 22 May, 1932) was a folklorist, drama writer and theater manager from Ireland. Books by Lady Gregory* She was born as Isabella Augusta Persse in Roxborough, County Gallway. Her husband, Sire William Henry Gregory, was a neighbor who had served as a member of Parliament and governor of […]

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Book Review: How to Know the Birds by Ted Floyd

About: How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding by Ted Floyd is a book which intends to inform novice and enthusiasts alike. Mr. Floyd is the editor of Birding Magazine and, of course, an avian aficionado himself. 304 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: 1426220030 Buy How to Know the […]

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Book Review: None of the Above by Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton

About: None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators by Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton is a non-fiction book about the experiences of Mrs. Robinson who has been involved in this humiliating and undignified event. Mrs. Robinson. After several years, Mrs. Robinson, […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One by Greg Rucka

About: Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One  by Greg Rucka (illustrated by Nicola Scott) is a graphic novel which retells the origins of Wonder Woman, and her first year as a protector. This graphic novel collects issues 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, an 14 of Wonder Woman. 168 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame (8 March, 1859 – 6 July, 1932) was a Scottish writer mostly known for his children’s classic The Wind in the Willows. Drawing by John Singer Sargent Books by Kenneth Grahame* Grahame was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother died when he was five years old, and he was brought up by his […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Enid Blyton

Fun Facts Friday: Enid Blyton

Trained as a teacher, she wrote in her spare time. Ms. Blyton’s first published book was Child Whispers (1922), while she was still teaching.

Book Review: The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann

Book Review: The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann

The story actually has three protagonists, Max Cohn, a kid in present day Los Angeles, Moshe Goldenhirsch who is a young Jewish man at the heyday of World War II, and again, Moshe as an elderly retiree in present day Los Angeles

Book Review: Monticello: The Official Guide to Thomas Jefferson’s World by Charley Miller & Peter Miller

Book Review: Monticello: The Official Guide to Thomas Jefferson’s World by Charley Miller & Peter Miller

We like visiting historic places and we know that many times context is everything. An artifact, a building, or even something that might seem insignificant get a whole new meaning when viewed in the right light.

Fun Facts Friday: Knut Hamsun

Fun Facts Friday: Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun (4 August, 1859 – 19 February, 1952) was a Norwegian author and a Noble prize winner. Books by Knut Hamsun* 1)      Born as Knud Pedersen to a poor family, the author grew up on his uncle’s farm. 2)      When he was nine years old, the boy was separated from his family and went […]

Book Review: Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson

Book Review: Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson

This is a riveting, easy to read book. Mr. Henderson wrote a wonderful and important book, packed with history and stories which pack an emotional punch.

Giveaway (Over): The Ninja and their Secret Fighting Art by Stephen K. Hayes

Giveaway (Over): The Ninja and their Secret Fighting Art by Stephen K. Hayes

GIVEAWAY: Look past the legends and learn about the REAL ninjas of feudal Japan with this entertaining, illustrated ninjutsu guide.

Fun Facts Friday: Beatrix Potter

Fun Facts Friday: Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter (28 July, 1866 – 22 December, 1943) was a British writer and scientist who is known for her children’s books featuring animals. Beatrix Potter, 2012, Olivia Waste – Image from Art Now and Then Books by Beatrix Potter* 1)      Born in South Kensington, London to a wealthy family, young Ms. Potter lived a very comfortable […]

Giveaway (Over): Interpretation by Dylan Callens

Giveaway (Over): Interpretation by Dylan Callens

The author is giving away 3 paperback copies of Interpretation – please fill out the Rafflecopter form below Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers […]

Guest Post: The Resurgence of Dystopia

Guest Post: The Resurgence of Dystopia

On Friday January 20th, 2017 the craziest thing happened.  Dystopian novels became popular again.  North Americans suddenly couldn’t get enough of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World.  Random House and its subsidiary, Harvill Secker threw a party.  I can only imagine that it was a depressing, dystopian-themed party.  These novels, written decades ago, were back […]

Fun Facts Friday: Ernest Hemingway

Fun Facts Friday: Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (21 July, 1899 – 2 July, 1961) needs no introduction… From the Collection of the United States Postal Service Books by Ernest Hemingway* 1) Born in Oak Park, IL, Mr. Hemingway worked a bit for the Kansas City Star for a few months after he finished high-school before enlisting in the military for […]