Bloggers and publishers Online Conference
Uncategorized / March 31, 2011

  Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference: Post About the BBP and Enter to WIN!!!: Help us out and be entered to win a big stack of books!!! Make a post about the BBP on your blog and be entered to get a prize whether you are attending or not. Sounds like a nice event for those who cannot make it to the Book Expo America in the Javitz Center (New York City). One forum I think they should have is how to advertise your blog outside of cyberspace.

Book Review: Pox – An American History by Michael Willrich
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / March 31, 2011

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion. My rating for Pox: An American History – 4 About: “Pox: An American History” by Michael Willrich is a non-fiction book which traces how the smallpox vaccine was distributed during major outbreaks. Some of the vaccines were forced onto people which caused an outrage and the question made it all the way to the Supreme Court. 400 pages Publisher: Penguin Press HC ISBN: 1594202869 Pur­chase “Pox: An American History” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: To my great surprise, “Pox: An American History” by Michael Willrich is an extremely readable and fast paced book.  What I mean by “readable” is that the book does not simply recite facts, figures, laws, high level agenda etc. Yes, it does that as well but by telling stories of individuals on both sides of the debate, such as C.P. Wertenbaker, a federal surgeon who worked tirelessly to combat the deadly and preventable disease. On the other side there is Swedish Lutheran minister Henning Jacobson who took his battle to the Supreme Court battling against vaccination. Those stories, big and small, in context…

Book Review: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / March 30, 2011

I bought this book. My rating for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – 4 About: “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford (Website | Twitter) is a fictional book set during a volatile time in American history. Jamie Ford has created intriguing characters telling an extraordinary story. 301 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books ISBN: 0345505344 Pur­chase “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford is a very good book, easy to read, written in cinematic detail and vividness. The characters of Henry and Keiko are memorable and very likable. The book touches on a part of American history which is rarely talked about, the internment camps built for Japanese Americans (not Italians or Germans mind you) during World War II. Those who were put in the camps lost all their possessions, wealth, businesses, social standing etc. The story is multi-dimensional, and explores the relationship between a first and second generation Chinese Americans (Henry and his father), second and third generations (Henry and his son) and of course the love…

Book Review: Peace in the Making edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad
4 Stars , Non-Fiction / March 26, 2011

I got this book for free. My rating for Peace in the Making – 4 About: “Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin Anwar Sadat Personal Correspondence” edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad is the complete correspondence between the Israeli prime minister and the Egyptian president during the historic peace making efforts. The book covers the correspondence between June 1977 and October 1981. 384 pages Publisher: Gefen Publishing House ISBN: 965229456X Purchase “Peace in the Making” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: On this day, March 26, 1979 the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt was signed. “Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin Anwar Sadat Personal Correspondence” edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad is a collection of speeches, press conferences, interviews, official correspondence, personal correspondence and letters. This is an amazing compilation which gives us insight into the mind of two ambitious men who are striving towards a goal no-one thought possible. The editors have included a short introduction before each section, which puts the correspondence within a certain context. This is important; for me it made all the difference and the book worthwhile and much more understandable….

Author Q and A with Ellen Horan
Author Q&A / March 25, 2011

Ellen Horan wrote “31 Bond Street” (review & giveaway) and she was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. I was very interested in the amazing research she did for the book. As it turned out she wrote an essay about it (link in her answer).   Q. It seems you did a lot of research about 1850s NYC, anything specific you can share about how you went about it? A. There is an essay called “The Story Behind the Book” that can be found in the PS Section at the back of the paperback and on my website, www.31BondStreet.com. I won’t repeat that all here, but in it I talk about how I discovered a newspaper print and followed up at the New York Public Library, reading all the newspapers on microfilm. Besides researching for facts about the strange murder case, I used the newspapers as a source for the rich vocabulary about contemporary life in 1857. I would keep a document file on different topics, on food, clothing, ships, court terms, and household items. I also read the trial transcripts. The District Attorney actually said: “can it be possible that one of the fair sex, upon…

Book Review: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan
4 Stars , Fiction / March 24, 2011

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has made available one (1) copy of “31 Bond Street” to be given out- enter at the end of the post My rating for 31 Bond Street – 4 About: “31 Bond Street” by Ellen Horan (website | Facebook)  is a historical fiction novel taking place in 1857 New York City. The book follows the notorious trial of Emma Cunningham for the murder of her landlord Dr. Harvey Burdell, a famous dentist. 352 pages Publisher: Harper ISBN: 9780061773969 Purchase “31 Bond Street” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK The townhouse at 31 Bond Street Thoughts: “31 Bond Street” by Ellen Horan is an enjoyable book which, for me, was hard to categorize. It is a bit historical fiction, a bit a mystery and a bit court room drama – I guess a legal mystery might fit the bill. The story is actually based on an actual murder case from 1857 and several of the characters are people who actually lived and were involved. Yet several others are not – Ms. Horan makes it clear who’s who…

Giveaway – The Trinity Six
Uncategorized / March 22, 2011

“The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College students who were spies for Russia – Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, John Cairncross, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby) had a sixth member. As always, what gets the politicians is usually never the act, but the cover up.   I got the “OK” from the publisher to giveaway one (1) copy to three (3) lucky winners. Read the rest of my thoughts on “The Trinity Six and then enter the giveaway. Rules: Contest is for one (1) new copy of “The Trinity Six”. There will be THREE (3) WINNERS Must be a US / Canada mailing Address Ends Tuesday March 29, 2011 Winners will be chosen using Random.org Winners will have 24 hours after my initial contact to write back their mailing address, otherwise alternate winners will be picked Congratulations: enamoredsoul@ lisasworldofbooks@ abi1126@ kimbers10@

Book Review: The Stairway to Heaven by Therese Zrihen-Dvir
2 Stars , Fiction / March 21, 2011

I got this book for free. Attention Book Bloggers: After this review was published I got several nasty and personally insulting emails & comments on LibraryThing (as well as the comments below).  I do not want to engage in this type of mud slugging hence I will not publish the emails; However, just be aware of this if you decide to read any books by this author. My rating for Stairway to Heaven – 2 About: “The Stairway to Heaven” by Therese Zrihen-Dvir (website) is a short fictional story which takes place in Israel. The book is told from the view point of two women after they had witnessed a horrific act of terror. 160 pages Publisher: Gefen Publishing House ISBN: 9652294748 Purchase “The Stairway to Heaven” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: I was excited to receive “The Stairway to Heaven” by Therese Zrihen-Dvir as I have been in the Beit Lid bus station more times than I could count and the double suicide bombing really hit home with me. The story revolves around the Beit Lid massacre which happened on Sunday January 22, 1995. Sunday morning is when many…

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