Book Review: Dark Money by Jane Mayer

The books is written in a simple, unemotional narrative which leads the reader to scratch their heads in amusement, or tear their hair out in anger.

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Book Spotlight: Hands Up by Stephen Clark

Officer Ryan Quinn, a rookie raised in a family of cops, is on the fast track to detective until he shoots an unarmed black male. Now, with his career, reputation and freedom on the line, he embarks on a quest for redemption that forces him to confront his fears and biases and choose between conscience […]

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Book Review: The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

This novel is the full package though, it is compelling, articulate and the struggle of Milo to balance his difficult, secretive, work with the important part of his life, his family, really comes across.

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Fun Facts Friday: Alain Locke

Born as Alain Leroy Locke in Philadelphia, PA, he was the only child and a decedent of prominent families of free blacks

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Guest Post: The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi

Amita Trasi has a two-voice tale, moving from the past to the present and vice versa is dense, emotional, and resonates in you, even when the book has long been read. Modern India, the history of female lawlessness, childish betrayal and its atonement, there is a lot of everything.

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Book Review: Somewhere in the Mediterranean by Mark Tiro

Israel sometime during the 1990s, a beach is cleared for an army exercise, but one man accidentally stays there. The man witnesses a strange occurrence, a World War II refugee ship arrives.

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Fun Facts Friday: Robert Pirsig

Robert Pirsig (6 September, 1928) is mainly known for his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values in which he tells of his of motorcycle trip he and his young son Chris from Minneapolis to San Francisco. The book explores western culture and analyzes forms of philosophy. Books by Robert […]

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Book Review: The Cleaner by Mark Dawson

While predictable and somewhat fragmented, this has all the makings of a good series.

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Fun Facts Friday: Luigi Pirandello

Fun Facts Friday: Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello (28 June, 1867 – 10 December, 1936) was a Nobel  Prize winning novelist, poet, and writer from Italy. Image from: http://www.theatrehistory.com/italian/pirandello001.html Works by Luigi Pirandello* 1)      Mr. Pirandello was born on the island of Sicily to an upper-class family involved in the Sulfur industry. 2)      During high school, Mr. Pirandello’s favorite poets were Giosuè Carducci and Arturo Graf, both […]

Spotlight: Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla

Spotlight: Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla

“Genuinely moving… An entertaining YA romance with multilayered charaters -a winner.” -Kirkus Reviews About the book: In a faraway land, Bettina Diaz lives in a shining castle . . . Okay, so she lives on a sprawling ranch in California, but close enough. Nicknamed “the Beast” at school, Bett has an infamous temper. And a secret. […]

Book Review: The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

Book Review: The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

About: The Porpoise by Mark Haddon is a novel following three stories in different time periods, all with a common narrative.  Mr. Haddon is an award winning English novelist. 320 pages Publisher: Doubleday Language: English My rating for The Porpoise – 5 Buy The Porpoise from Amazon.com* More Books by Mark Haddon* Thoughts: According to the snippets I’ve read, […]

Guest Post: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Guest Post: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This idea was embodied in the creation of individual centers, where all women capable of having a child were forced to become a servant.

Graphic Novel Review: Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe) by Dan Watters

Graphic Novel Review: Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe) by Dan Watters

About: Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe) by Dan Watters (illustrated by Max Fiumara and Sebastian Fiumara )expands on the expensive universe created by Neil Gaiman.  The Sandman is a series of comic books following Dream (Morpheus, among other aliases), and is one of the few graphic novels to grace the New York […]

Fun Facts Friday: Jean-Paul Sartre

Fun Facts Friday: Jean-Paul Sartre

He was a practical joker during his time at Ecole Normale Supérieure, a school he was attending. Once he convinced the media that following his transatlantic flight, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh would stop at the school. Him and his classmates hired a lookalike, how walked in with the media behind him.

Book Review: The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer

Book Review: The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer

About: The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer is a fantasy novel following two brothers, born in the mid-1300s, who jump forward 99 years for every day that passes. Dr. Mortimer is an award winning historian and novelist.  400 pages Publisher: Pegasus Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1681776162 My rating for The Outcasts of Time – 4 Buy The Outcasts […]

Book Review: Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Book Review: Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

When most of us hear the name Leonardo da Vinci, we think of his paintings the Mona Lisa or the Last Supper. Others might think of The Vitruvian Man or his designs of early tanks and helicopter. Just like any other human beings, Leonardo da Vinci is more than a painter, engineer or weapon smith, and in this biography Walter Isaacson tries to figure out this complex genius.

Book Review: One Giant Leap by Charles Fishman

Book Review: One Giant Leap by Charles Fishman

About: One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman tells the story of the Americans who fought tooth and nail to accomplish the task of sending me to the moon, and bringing them safely back to Earth. 480 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Language: English ISBN-10: 1501106295 My rating […]

Fun Facts Friday: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Fun Facts Friday: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe (14 June, 1811 – 1 July, 1896) is an American author, known mostly for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin but she was an avid writer all of her life. Picture from Nation’s history is embedded in portrait of a famous writer – boston.com Books by Harriet Beecher Stowe* 1 ) Uncle Tom’s […]

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