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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Graphic Novel Review: Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and Rage by Peter Milligan

Graphic Novel Review: Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and Rage by Peter Milligan

About: Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and Rage by Peter Milligan (illustrated by Ed Benes) is a graphic novel, part of The New 52 storyline by DC Comics. This graphic novel collects issues #1-6 of Red Lanterns. 160 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401234917   My rating for Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and […]

Fun Facts Friday: Willa Cather

Fun Facts Friday: Willa Cather

Today is the birthday of Pulitzer prize winning American author Willa Cather (7 December, 1873 – 24, April, 1947). Even though Cather is associated with the pioneer spirit, she lived most of her life in New York city. Books by Willa Cather* 1 ) Ms. Cather often lied about the year she was born in. […]

Book Review: Atlas of World War II by Stephen G. Hyslop and Neil Kagan

Book Review: Atlas of World War II by Stephen G. Hyslop and Neil Kagan

About: Atlas of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict Revealed Through Rare Wartime Maps and New Cartography by Stephen G. Hyslop and Neil Kagan (foreword by Kenneth W. Rendell) is a hardcover book featuring maps, photographs, documents,and eyewitness accounts. 256 pages Publisher: National Geographic; Comprehensive edition Language: English ISBN-10: 1426219717 My rating for Atlas of […]

Book Review: The Banker and the Blackfoot by J. Edward Chamberlin

Book Review: The Banker and the Blackfoot by J. Edward Chamberlin

The author goes on to tell about the history of the West and the relationships between the Mounties (police), the Natives, and the settlers. Even though the Canadians did not have the issues that the US struggled with, they still managed to break their promises to the First Nation.

Book Review: Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera

Book Review: Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera

About: Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera is a memoir of the prolific actor and director. Mr. Duke has been in many movies which are now considered pop-culture classics (American Gigolo, Commando, Predator, X-Men), he is also a director, producer and entrepreneur. 232 pages Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Language: […]

Fun Facts Friday: Jonathan Swift

Fun Facts Friday: Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (30 November, 1667 – 19 October, 1745) was an English satirist, essayist, poet, and pamphleteer. Mr. Swift is remembered for his prose and satire in works like Gulliver’s Travels. Books by Jonathan Swift* Mr. Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland. His father, Jonathan Swift, was a lawyer. At Dublin University (Trinity College, Dublin) […]

Guest Post: 7 Steps to Create Conflict and Tension in Your Screenplay

Guest Post: 7 Steps to Create Conflict and Tension in Your Screenplay

7 Steps to Create Conflict and Tension in Your Screenplay “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending,” writes Jim Henson. And he is right – life is neither smooth nor trouble-free. We all go through challenging times and tough situations, yet we never give up. Now let me ask you […]

Book Review: The Passion According to Carmela by Marcos Aguinis

Book Review: The Passion According to Carmela by Marcos Aguinis

About: The Passion According to Carmela by Marcos Aguinis is a novel which takes place during the Cuban Revolution. Mr. Aguinis is a prize winning, internationally bestselling novelist. 284 pages Publisher: AmazonCrossing Language: English ISBN-10: 1503905381   My rating for The Passion According to Carmela – 4 Buy The Passion According to Carmela from Amazon.com* […]

Guest Post: Novels, Artwork, and Design

Guest Post: Novels, Artwork, and Design

Creating designs for some the best loved classic novels has been a unique and rewarding experience. For as long as I can remember, I have really loved to read. Stories, and in particular classic novels were a large part of my childhood that and one that is still a part of my everyday life. While […]

Book Review: 20 Years in the Secret Service by Rufus W. Youngblood

Book Review: 20 Years in the Secret Service by Rufus W. Youngblood

Synopsis: 20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents by Rufus W. Youngblood is a memoir spanning the author’s career. The book has been published in 1974, this is a re-release which includes photographs from Mr. Youngblood’s collection not included in the first printing as well as a forward by Clint Hill. […]

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