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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Book Review: Beaming Up and Getting Off by Walter Koenig

Book Review: Beaming Up and Getting Off  by Walter Koenig

The book is filled with wonderful, self-deprecating humor (as is expected from any person of Jewish origin), wit and charm.  The author writes about his errors in judgement, the regrets he has for the few times (that he wrote about) acting like a “star”, he writes about the business he loves with a wink, but sadness of someone who has been through the wringer.

Book Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Book Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Even though this book is short, the world building is fantastic. The vision of a future that is run by corporations, with little if any input from governments, is eerie and scary.

Fun Facts Friday: John Crowe Ransom

Fun Facts Friday: John Crowe Ransom

As a faculty member at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio he founded the Kenyon Review and was its editor until he retired.

Book Review: While the Music Played by Nathaniel Lande

Book Review: While the Music Played by Nathaniel Lande

The author follows several people throughout the book, some famous, some well-known, and others are just trudging day to day trying to survive.

Book Review: The Abandonment of the West by Michael Kimmage

Book Review: The Abandonment of the West by Michael Kimmage

The author goes through what this idea meant and how it shaped our nation, and others. He goes to write about what the abandonment of this idea cost the United States in terms of principals, good will, influence, blood, and treasure.

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Penn Warren

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren (24 April, 1905 – 15 September, 1989)) was an American novelist, critic, and poet laureate.

Guest Post: 5 Tips for Writing Best-Sellers

Guest Post: 5 Tips for Writing Best-Sellers

Writing a novel is certainly no mean feat – it takes a lot of time, effort, and a good deal of determination, too. Whether you are writing your first novel, your tenth, or just thinking about an idea you’ve had and whether to turn it into a book or not, you may be wondering what […]

Book Review: The Candy Bombers by Andrei Cherny 

Book Review: The Candy Bombers by Andrei Cherny 

About:               The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America’s Finest Hour by Andrei Cherny  is a non-fiction account of one of America’s greatest and successful humanitarian missions. Mr. Cherny is an author, lawyer, and businessman. 640 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult Language: English ISBN-10: 0399154965   My rat­ing for The Candy Bombers […]

Book Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Book Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

This book is very unique, I enjoyed the dark humor, even though it took the book a bit to get going the story flowed smoothly

Fun Facts Friday: Karen Blixen

Fun Facts Friday: Karen Blixen

Returning to Denmark, Mrs. Blixen pulsed Seven Gothic Tales in 1934. The book was written in English, under her nom-de-plume Isak Dinesen and was critically acclaimed.

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