Fun Facts Friday: John Tenniel

Tenniel was honored as a living national treasure and for his public service was knighted in 1893 by Queen Victoria, the first cartoonist or illustrator to receive the honor.

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Book Review: Wolf by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter

Through Friedrich we are witnessing one of the ugliest events of the 20th century, from the front seat. Friedrich is privy to many meetings and has a personal insight into Hitler’s taking over Germany

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Book Review: Eat Sleep Work Repeat by Bruce Daisley

In Eat Sleep Work Repeat: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job by Bruce Daisley the author does not only concentrate on cultural changes which, let’s face it, most of us are not in a position to implement, but also on little changes you can make to make your work life more manageable.

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Book Review: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque does not glamorize war, it is not a battle zone fantasy a-la 80s Hollywood action flicks. It is a sad and sober reflection on the toll war takes on individual soldiers, their families, society, and country. In fact, the Nazis hated this book so much, and the movie, that they banned it altogether.

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Fun Facts Friday: R.P. Blackmur

His literary reputation was not only based on criticism, but also on the poetry Mr. Blackmur wrote.

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Guest Post: Contests and Awards by Chris Harold Stevenson

How much does talent have to do with copping a win? Fortunately a great book will stand out whether it is picked by a panel of judges or a reader’s poll. It is subjective and a matter of personalized opinion. Yet the wheat will win over the chaff. Every time. 

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Book Review: The Blue Zones Kitchen by Dan Buettner

The photographs are gorgeous and the write ups are very interesting. It is important to note that the diet of Blue Zone residents is only part of the reason for thier longevity, climate, reasonable amount of exercise, family, work, and relationships all have a big say in getting to old age

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Book Review: The Fire and the Darkness by Sinclair McKay

The author does not shy away from the controversy surrounding the bombing. Was it necessary? Was it a war crime? A crime against humanity? How did the people who ordered the bombing as well as those executing the orders deal with the morality of it?

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Book Review: The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites

Book Review: The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites

Ms. Baites created an interesting narrative, combining it with informative information and fascinating characters

Fun Facts Friday: Shelby Foote

Fun Facts Friday: Shelby Foote

Shelby Foote (17 November, 1916 – 27 June, 2005) was an American historian and novelist known for his landmark work on the American Civil War. Books by Shelby Foote* ShelbyDade Foote was born in Greenville, MS, as the only child of a local businessman. Isaac Shelby, a leader in the American revolution and first and fifth governor […]

Book Review: The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Book Review: The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

A story of adventure and a fascinating tale brought to life by a talented writer.

Book Review: Bruce Lee Words of the Dragon: Interviews and Conversations 1958-1973 edited by John Little

Book Review: Bruce Lee Words of the Dragon: Interviews and Conversations 1958-1973 edited by John Little

The strength of this book, I felt, was in the interesting footnotes the editor provided at the end of each chapter

Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

This is a tense and ugly story, but it sucks you in.

Fun Facts Friday: John P. Marquand

Fun Facts Friday: John P. Marquand

John P. Marquand (10 November, 1893 – 15 July, 1960 was an American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner. He is known for his spy stories featuring Mr. Moto. Books by John P. Marquand* 1)      Mr. Marquand was born in Wilmington, DE but grew up in the Massachusetts. 2)      He was the great-nephew of Margaret Fuller, a writer from […]

Book Review: The Christian Fallacy: The Real Truth About Jesus and the Early History of Christianity by Paul McGrane

Book Review:  The Christian Fallacy: The Real Truth About Jesus and the Early History of Christianity by Paul McGrane

I really enjoyed that the author didn’t just look at historical contexts, but also at political and social contexts at the time the texts were written.

Graphic Novel Review: Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar

Graphic Novel Review: Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar

I have wanted to read Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar (illustrated by Steve McNiven) for a while now, since it tops almost every “top 10” list when it comes to graphic novels

Fun Facts Friday: Gustaf Tenggren

Fun Facts Friday: Gustaf Tenggren

Gustaf Tenggren (3 November, 1896 – 9 April, 1970) was an illustrator born in Sweden, but lived most of his life in the United States. 1) Born in Sweden, Mr. Tenggren got a painting scholarship to the art school in Gothenburg. 2) He was a successful illustrator specializing in Swedish folklore and fairy tales. 3) […]

Book Review: Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

Book Review: Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

I did, however, enjoy the structure of the story, much like the old German fairytales many of us grew on.

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