Fun Facts Friday: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / October 31, 2014

At first Frankenstein was published anonymously (1818) to scathing reviews (“a tissue of horrible and disgusting absurdity”). A play in 1823 made the story popular and the book appeared in print again (1831), but with significant changes including crediting Mary Shelley with the authorship.

Book Review: The Talmud: A Biography by Harry Freedman
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / October 30, 2014

t’s amazing to read about the history of the Talmud paralleled that of the Jewish people. During the pogroms and ages which anti-Semitism was a societal and politically accepted, those who seek to destroy the Jews tried also to destroy the Talmud, mainly because they didn’t understand what it was about (ridiculously bringing about the blood-libel scenarios over and over).

Book Review: Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / October 28, 2014

About: Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke is a non-fiction book which details the biggest escape from a Nazi concentration camp in Poland during World War II.  The book was first published in 1982 and won acclaim world wide. 416 pages Publisher: University of Illinois Press Language: English ISBN-10: 0252064798   My rat­ing for Escape from Sobibor — 5 Buy this book from in paper or elec­tronic format* More Rec­om­mended World War II books on Man of la BookStore Thoughts: Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke is an exciting history book, told as a novel. The book is divided into three sections which introduce the people, tell about the escape from a top secret Nazi death camp, and the after war years. Mr. Rashke knows that the strength of any book, non-fiction or otherwise, is the personal stories which make up the big picture, and does a great job introducing us to them. The people which the author chose to focus on were non-military Jews and a Russian officer, some were pulled out of the lines for the gas chambers due to special skills and some just by pure luck. The author engages the reader from the start with personal pre-war stories. This is not…

Fun Facts Friday: Moss Hart
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / October 24, 2014

Moss Hart (24 October, 1904 – 20 December, 1961) was an American theater directory, playwright and TV personality. Moss Hart was born in New York City to Jewish Immigrants. The Moss family lived in The Bronx. Hart was attached to his Aunt Kate who piqued his interest in theater. Hart got his directorial start in amateur theaters and summer resorts. Once in a Lifetime, a comedy about the arrival of sound in Hollywood, was Hart’s first Broadway hit. Hart’s play, You Can’t Take It With You, won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Hart was the host of an early television game show, Answer Yes or No, in 1950 Characters in Hart’s play, The Man Who Came To Dinner, are based on Alexander Woollcott (critic and friend), Noël Coward, Harpo Marx and Gertrude Lawrence. Hart won the Tony for Best Director in 1956 for My Fair Lady. Hart was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of 1947’s Gentleman’s Agreement, 1952’s Hans Christian Andersen, and 1954’s A Star Is Born. Moss Hart was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1972, 11 years after his death. Zohar – Man of la Book Moss Hart was inducted into the…

Bookish Halloween Decorations
Latest Posts / October 23, 2014

I love bookish decorations, but who doesn’t. Last weekend we went to a local farm for apple picking and Halloween festivities when I encountered in their “hall of overpriced stuff” these beautiful decorations. These books are, of course, just props but the do make a nice statement and give the house a more sophisticated look, in  a ghoulish sort of way. Disclaimer: I buy Halloween decorations on or around November 1, when I can get 50%-90% off.

Kiva Repayment Update
Latest Posts / October 21, 2014

We’ve received a total of $7.33 in repayments on October 17, 2014! Click here to donate yourself That’s great, glad to see our money is making such a difference around the world. One more payback and we’d be able to re-loan the balanance to another deserving person.  We still have almost $80 in outstanding loans, which are getting repaid back a little a time.

Book Review: Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / October 20, 2014

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead tells the story of the small village and its surrounding area which were responsible for saving thousands of people during World War II who were on the Gestapo’s wanted list. The villagers saved many Jews but also resisters, freemasons, communists, and downed Allied airmen.

The Bookish House of Belle
Guest Posts / October 16, 2014

We went to an attraction called Enchanted Tales with Belle, which takes place in Belle’s house. The house is full of books, of course, and I took some pictures of the wonderful décor.

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