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: Pío Baroja

Fun Facts Friday: Pío Baroja

Pío Baroja (28 December, 1872 – 30 October, 1956) was a Spanish writer, biographer and physician. Portrait by Joaquin Sorolla (1914) Books by Pio Baroja* Born as Pío Baroja y Nessi in San Sebastián , his father was Serafin Baroja, a noted writer at the time. Baroja started writing seriously at the age of 13. […]

Book Review: My Brother Job by Shemi Zarhin

Book Review: My Brother Job by Shemi Zarhin

About: My Brother Job by Shemi Zarhin is an Israeli novel, unfortunately this novel has not been translated (yet?) into English. Mr. Zarhin is an author and movie directory.   424 pages Publisher: Keter Books (2017) ASIN: B076455LBQ   My rating for My Brother Job – 5 Books by Shemi Zarhin* Thoughts: The way My Brother Job […]

Graphic Novel Review: Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar by Tom King

Graphic Novel Review: Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar by Tom King

About: Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar by Tom King (illustrated by Mikel Janin, Joëlle Jones, and Travis Moore) is a graphic novel which follows the complex path that Batman and Catwoman lead to their wedding. This graphic novel includes Batman #38-44. 168 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401280277   My rating for […]

Fun Facts Friday: Rebecca West

Fun Facts Friday: Rebecca West

Rebecca West (21 December, 1892 – 15 March, 1983) was a British journalist, author and travel writer. Books by Rebecca West* The author’s birth name was Cicely Isabel Fairfield, she took her nom de plume from a Henrik Ibsen work called Rosmersholm, who rebellious heroine was of that name while training to be an actress […]

Author Q&A with Jason McMillan

Author Q&A with Jason McMillan

Jason McMillan wrote The Grey Zone, his first novel which takes place in a future where The United States has joined the Global Federation of Nations to implement the Basic Human Standard, which improved life for much of the world. Mr. McMillan has been kind enough to answer a few questions about his first book […]

Book Review: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Book Review: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

About: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas is a novel which imagines the world if time travel was invented in the late 1960s by four female scientist, and a murder being investigated across time. This is Ms. Mascarenhas’ first novel. 336 pages Publisher: Crooked Lane Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1683319443   My rating […]

Graphic Novel Review: Red Lanterns, Vol. 2: The Death of the Red Lanterns by Peter Milligan

Graphic Novel Review: Red Lanterns, Vol. 2: The Death of the Red Lanterns by Peter Milligan

About: Red Lanterns, Vol. 2: The Death of the Red Lanterns by Peter Milligan (art by Miguel Sepúlveda and Ed Benes) is a graphic novel continuing the story of the Red Lanterns, fueled by anger and rage. This graphic novel collects Red Lanterns 8-12, and Stormwatch 10.   144 pages Publisher: DC Comics (March 12, […]

Fun Facts Friday: Shirley Jackson

Fun Facts Friday: Shirley Jackson

American author Shirley Jackson (14 December, 1916 -8 August, 1965) born on this day. She is best known for her excellent short story The Lottery. Books by Shirley Jackson* 1 ) Jackson believed in white and black magic 2 ) The author influenced Stephen King and Neil Gaiman 3 ) Jackson’s husband, Stanley Hyman, is […]

Book Review: Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis

Book Review: Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis

About: Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis is a non-fiction book about a British spy operating in occupied France. Mr. Lofits was a corporate attorney, but is now a full time writer. 384 pages Publisher: Gallery Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1501198653 My […]

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 […]

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