Fun Facts Friday: Booker T. Washington
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 5, 2013

Booker T. Washington (15 April, 1856 – 14 November, 1915) was a prominent author, educator, politician and orator in America during his lifetime. The last to represent African-American leaders born in slavery, he was a dominant figure in the African-American life from 1890 till his death.

Awaiting For: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Latest Posts / April 4, 2013

A wonderful surprise was waiting for me at home a few days ago, a tightly wrapped package with an ARC of Khaled Hosseini’s (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) new book And the Mountains Echoed. As it  happened I just finished reading a book that day and immediately picked this one up (to my beloved wife’s dismay). I’m about 200 pages into it and so far, so good. The novel is made up of interlinked stories which span generations about one Afghan family and those who touched their lives, while not as emotionally draining as The Kite Runner (but really, what is?) the book certainly grabbed my attention and I’m enjoying it very much. You can follow Mr. Hosseini on Facebook Pre-order to book on Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | iBookStore | Kobo | Penguine Zohar – Man of la Book

Book Review: The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
2 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / April 3, 2013

An organization called SOB from a fictional part of Portugal called Barba is trying to gain independence and stop the Muslim immigration by terrorizing parts of the world. However, the attacks seemed to stop and journalists assigned to Barba have nothing to do beside discussing a fellow journalist named Barrington Saddler.

Book Review: Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden

About: Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden is a historical fiction story following the young man who will eventually become Genghis Kahn. This is the first book of a series which at the time of the writing of this post numbers five novels known collectively is the Conqueror series. 416 pages Publisher: Bantam (July 13, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 038534421X My rat­ing for Genghis — 4 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format* More Books by Conn Iggulden Thoughts: I had waited a long time to read Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden (website | Facebook), I bought it for my nook while it was on sale one day and it simply resided there until I had a chance to read it (there are many other books suffering the same fate). Once I got started though, the book was difficult to put down. Mr. Iggulden weaves a good story with fascinating historical detail while keeping up the drama in the story. As brutal as life was in the plains of Mongolia, Genghis manages to mix brilliance with violence, respect with strength and understands the necessities of survival in a community. Unlike other Mongol leaders, Genghis Kahn understood the importance of the tribes uniting, both for security…

Fifty Shades of Grey novel nominated to the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Latest Posts / April 1, 2013

It was announced today that the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by British author E. L. James will be nominated to the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The board said that Fifty Shades is a “vastly realized, novel as high spirited as it is intelligent . . . Like the masks of Greek drama, Fifty Shades of Grey is equal parts comedy and tragedy, but its real triumph is its emotional abundance, delivered with consummate authority and grace.” Even though some critics were not as enthusiastic about the novel, the committee chose to nominate Fifty Shades of Grey despite them. The committee said that the devised asymmetry is a genius of literary writing, the emotional toll was exasperating and that the “fascinated readers never felt short-changed by the author who took them further and further into the emotional abyss”. Further justification came on a sidebar with several of the committee member who said, off the record, that the novel also made their wives “really, really horny”. Happy April Fools 🙂 Zohar – Man of la Book

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