Guest Post by Bruce Sallan – “Men Are Parents, Too aka Why I Wrote My Book”
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / June 14, 2011

When I tell people that I write a parenting column and host a radio show about parenting, relationships, and other “emotional” reactions, I often get a surprised reaction as if men shouldn’t or can’t address these issues.  How ironic in our so-called progressive and PC times.  The reality is actually that things are far from equal between men and women.  In so many ways, women have more advantages today since they are finally allowed to choose work and/or being a mom.  Sadly, dads are still disparaged in real life if they choose not to work or to be a SAHD (Stay-At-Home-Dad). I learned this the hard way: by living and experiencing it.  As with so many of life’s experiences, it wasn’t the way I’d planned it.  I love the saying, “You make plans and God laughs” as that, describes very well, the last ten years of my life. The second chapter of my life began, in a nutshell and without all the gory and self-pitying sounding details, when my marriage ended about eight years ago and my wife, the mother of my two boys, left.  I mean, “Left.”  She saw the boys briefly the first year of our separation but…

Book Review: The Profession by Steven Pressfield
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 13, 2011

The year is 2032 and Gilbert “Gent” Gentilhomme, a professional solider, commander and mercenary, is being sent around the world fighting for corporations. Gent’s wife, a hard nosed reporter, allows him to see some of the big picture, but his trust and loyalty to his commending general is unwavering.

Soon Gent realizes that fighting without a flag has its drawbacks as the oil producing regions enforce their dominance.

Cover Gallery: 1984
Cover Gallery , Latest Posts / June 11, 2011

While doing my research for yesterday’s post, Friday Fun Facts: 1984, I discovered some wonderful covers that have been done for the book over the years.  Here are some, hope you enjoy them – let me know which one is your favorite. Picture from http://nmitsoftwareengineering.blogspot.com Image from http://www.ymag.it Penguin Books has commissioned Shepard Fairey of Obey to create two new book covers for two George Orwell classics: Animal Farm and 1984. Picture from http://www.creativereview.co.uk Zohar – Man of la book Related articles Shepard Fairey Movie Poster of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at) Awesome Poster Art for THEY LIVE – By ‘Obey’ Artist Shepard Fairey (geektyrant.com) First look at Shepard Fairey’s Mondo They Live Poster! [Video] (io9.com) Cool Stuff: Shepard Fairey’s ‘They Live’ Mondo Poster (slashfilm.com)

Fun Facts Friday: 1984
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 10, 2011

This week George Orwell’s classic “1984” has been published all the way back in 1949. The dystopian novel with its all-seeing leader “Big Brother” because a symbol worldwide for intrusive and oppressive government bureaucracy. The story is about Winston Smith and his attempt to rebel against the totalitarian state in which he lives.

Book Review: The Ranger by Ace Atkins
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 8, 2011

About: “The Ranger” by Ace Atkins (website | Facebook) is a fictional book following a hometown hero fight for right. This is the first in a new series. 352 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult ISBN-10: 0399157484 My rat­ing for The Ranger Dead — 4 Buy & Save on “The Ranger” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: I have read several books by Ace Atkins and was very excited when I heard that Atkins is coming up with a new book. Even though all the ones I read tread the waters of historical fiction and “The Ranger” is a fictional book . Mr. Atkins’ writing style, southern locals and overall feel of his books are what kept me coming back. The story revolves around Army Ranger Quinn Colson, a tough veteran who comes back home and lays down the law on the bad guys. I know what you’re thinking: “I’ve seen this before” – and you’re right, the story isn’t very original but the setting, writing and cast of characters make this book a work of art. The story takes place in northern Mississippi, somewhere around Memphis in the fictional Tibbehah County. The cast…

Author Q&A with Joseph Braude
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / June 7, 2011

Joseph Braude (web­site | Twit­ter | Face­book) has a new book called“The Hon­ored Dead: A Story of Friend­ship, Mur­der, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World” (book review). It is a smart, nonfiction book written in lyri­cal prose and engag­ing story. Mr. Braude was kind enough to answer a few questions about “The Honored Dead”, publicity and Middle East culture. Q. How did you come up with the idea for this book? A. It started in my head, evolved in my gut, and finally came full circle. I embedded with the Casablanca police for a street-level view of the tension between an Arab security service and the society it controls (or tries to). You can see the tension I mean on TV every night, with cops and demonstrators clashing in nearly every Arab capital. But I stumbled on one particular homicide that I couldn’t stop thinking about: there were Muslims and Jews involved, rich people and poor people, and a murder victim who was an enigma to everyone who knew him. The victim’s best friend couldn’t sleep until he learned the secret behind the crime, and his suffering moved me. So I became as much a private investigator…

Book Review Blog Carnival

The Picket Line reviews Among the Dead Cities by A.C. Grayling “Grayling meticulously describes how the policy of destroying cities developed and what goals it was meant to serve” Man of la Book reviews Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose “a fas­ci­nat­ing book about the Euro­pean the­ater in World War II, as told by the men on the front lines” Life As I Know It pontificates about re-reading The Dark Tower series by Stephen King “Because each book was better than the last” Man of la Book reviews A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva “The plot is full of twists and turns, a won­der­ful cast of char­ac­ters ” Wifely Steps reviews The Dolce Vita Diaries by Cathy Rogers, Jason Gibb “I think we’ve all had that desire to just jump out of our day jobs and pursue a passion, an interest, a wish we know would just make our lives more exciting and meaningful if it came into fruition.” Addicted to Media reviews The Dragon Book, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois “This is a magical collection of stories and one that I am glad to have on my bookshelf.” Frontier Psychiatrist reviews Eaarth; Making A Life on a…

Fun Facts Friday: Gone with the Wind
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 3, 2011

This week marked the 75th anniversary of Margret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”. Here are some fun facts about the novel. First edition cover Picture from bookpoi.com 1) Even though Margaret Mitchell is considered one of the most successful novelists of the 20th Century, she only published one book. 2) Because of Mitchell’s social connections the book was widely discussed in Atlanta before publication. 3) During one draft of the book, the heroine is called Pansy O’Hara. 4) Harold Latham of the Macmillan Company wanted to publish the novel based on a part of the book Mitchell allowed him to read. 5) By the time “Gone with the Wind” was actually published, it was the most talked about book in America. 6) The novel, released in July 1936, has sold one million copies by December of that year. 7) As of this blog post, “Gone with the Wind” has sold more than 30 million copies. 8 ) The rights for the movie were sold to David O. Selznick for $50,000 a month after publication. 9) Any references to the Klu Klux clan were taken out of the movie. 10) The last line of the book is “My dear, I don’t…

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