Guest Post: Where fiction and history overlap… by Douglas R. Skopp
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / January 18, 2012

I recently spoke with a woman who, just minutes before, finished reading Stieg Larssen’s The Lady with the Dragon Tattoo: “What a wonderful, gripping book,” she said. “Yes,” I said, “so I’ve heard.  I’ve not read it.” “Oh, but you must.  It’s wonderful.”  Her enthusiasm was all over her face. “Why is it so wonderful?” I asked. “It’s so real.  So gripping.” “Really.  I’ve just written a book based on my research,” I said, hoping to persuade her to read my novel, Shadows Walking.  “Everything in it either happened, or could have happened.  Some of the characters and the dialogue, of course, are fictional.  But the historical setting in which they make their choices and the consequences of those choices—I didn’t invent any of that.  It’s as ‘real’ as I could write it.” “What’s it about?” she asked. “Nazi Germany.  How a well-meaning, intelligent doctor decides to join the Nazi Party, then does what Nazi doctors did, and finally tries to understand why he made those awful choices.” “Oh, no.  I won’t read anything like that,” she said with a shudder. “Why not?” I could not resist asking. “Because it’s true.  It’s too real.  It really happened.” “But you just…

Thoughts on: Wine to Water by Doc Hendley

About: Wine to Water by Doc Hendley is a non-fiction memoir of the author starting the Wine to Water non-profit. The charity brings clean water to many parts of the world. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— enter at the end of the post. 288 pages Publisher: Avery ISBN: 1583334629 My rating for Wine to Water – 4 Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account Thoughts: Wine to Water by Doc Hendley, a CNN hero, is an inspiring book told in the prose of the liked and endearing author. While never owning a motorcycle I have hung out in one or two biker’s bars, met people much like Doc described in his book and always felt welcomed – even with the toughest crowd. The highlight of the book for me was Doc’s ingenuity getting water and equipment to remote places around the world. Surviving some dangerous, almost deadly events, losing friends and facing hurdles from bureaucrats, local and international will break most people – but Doc kept on. Witnessing government sponsored genocide would have most people running for the hills – but not Doc. The story was well paced, easy to read…

Introducing: The Man of la Book Loyalty Program
Latest Posts / January 15, 2012

Loyal readers are the backbone of this blog. I know it and humbly acknowledge that fact. As of today all the followers of Man of la Book can enter a the ManOfLaBook.com Rewards Program for fabolous prizes, fame and fortune. OK, just fabulous prizes. How to Enter Simply click on the the green button under the “Rewards Program” widget on the right hand side. Click to Enlarge  Earn Points Visiting – for your first visit to ManOfLaBook.com every day you will earn 100 points Liking content– for your first Like on ManOfLaBook.com every day you will earn 100 points Tweeting content – for your first Tweet on ManOfLaBook.com every day you will earn 100 points Google +1 – for your first Google +1 on ManOfLaBook.com every day you will earn 100 points Commenting – for your first comment of the day you will earn 100 points Fabulous Prizes $5 Amazon.com Gift Card – 8,500 points Zynga.com – 15,000 points Groupon – 20,000 points All of these have limit one  per users but prizes will change and I will add more customized prizes as the program matures. Please note As of now I am trying this program, if it doesn’t work out (I think it will) I’m going to do away…

Giveaway & Guest Post by author Jon Reisfeld: Three Days of Terror in November
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / January 14, 2012

Three Days of Terror in November How Kristallnacht Continues to Haunt, and Instruct, Us Today ===================================================== Mr. Reisfeld has kindly made available the following books for giveaway (enter at the end of the post): Two (2) Signed paperback copies of The Last Way Station Two (2) eBook copies of The Last Way Station One (1) eCopy of Jerusalem Imperilled by Harry Freedman ===================================================== As night fell over the Third Reich on Wednesday, November 9th, 1938, Nazis at all levels of government launched a vicious, organized, national pogrom against the Jews. The attacks, unprecedented in their scope, brutality and brazenness, lasted for three days, during which time squads of sledge-hammer-wielding ‘brown shirts’ took the lead, savaging, looting and, in some cases, leveling Jewish businesses, homes and houses of worship. By the time the rioting stopped, organized mobs had ransacked and destroyed 267 Jewish synagogues, setting most of them afire. They had wrecked and plundered an estimated 7,500 Jewish storefronts and shops, desecrated Jewish cemeteries, and vandalized and looted countless Jewish homes. Many Germans welcomed the violence. Eyewitnesses described mothers lifting their children up over bystanders’ heads so that they, too, could see the destruction of Jewish property, while their parents cheered on the…

Guest Review: Florence and Giles’ By John Harding
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / January 11, 2012

Turning  the Screw…. Florence & Giles is an intriguing Gothic tale, well thought-out and deftly plotted. It owes much of its inspiration to Henry James’s ‘The Turn of the Screw’ and is a tribute to that classic story of misguided and obsessive madness. Set in remote and crumbling New England mansion, twelve-year-old orphan Florence is neglected by her guardian uncle and banned from any formal education as her absent uncle has strong opinions on the dangers of a clever woman.  Ignored by the minimal staff of the house and left to her own devices, she finds the abandoned library, teaches herself to read and devours books in secret – she appears a resourceful and intelligent young heroine. Keeping her self-taught accomplishments a secret from all, she considers them her own personal triumph, seeing herself as literary and articulate against all the odds. She insists on narrating her own story in a language of her own invention. This contrived language is a little awkward to get used to. Her insistence on turning nouns and adjectives to verbs and verbs to nouns “no budgery was to be had. I was in a weepery of frustration” – can rather grate and irritate at first, but…

Thoughts on: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / January 8, 2012

Solomon Kugel moved is family to Stockton, New York, a town famous for nothing which is why Kugel likes it so much. Kugel hopes to begin again. However, Kugel gets something he didn’t bargain for, an elderly, foul mouthed Anne Frank living in his attic writing a sequel to her book and a lunatic burning down old farmhouses.

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