Book Review: Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service by Gordon Corera
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / October 31, 2018

About: Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Store of World War II Resistance in Europe by Gordon Corera is a non-fiction account of the British “Pigeon Warfare” effort. Mr. Corera is a journalist and writer, he specializes on security issues for the BBC. 352 pages Publisher: William Morrow Language: English ISBN-10: 9780062667076 My rating for Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service – 5 Buy Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service from Amazon.com* More Books by Gordon Corera* Thoughts: I always thought the use of pigeons is a creative one, but really have no special interest in it because, well… it’s pigeons.  Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Store of World War II Resistance in Europe by Gordon Corera, however, is a well written book which brings to life this small part of the war. On the face of it, using pigeons to fly messages from German held territories to England sounds ridiculous. How could such an operation be successful with so many variables which cannot be accounted for? The author answers this question, and many more, in the book. The pigeon business, as it turned out, was popular at the time (racing, etc.)…

Fun Facts Friday: Charles Sprague the “Banker Poet of Boston”
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / October 26, 2018

Charles Sprague (26 October, 1791 – 22 January, 1875) was an American poet often known as the “Banker Poet of Boston”. Sprague’s father, Samuel Sprague, was a veteran of the American Revolutionary War and a participant in the Boston Tea Party. Sprague’s schooling ended at the age of 13. He was then apprenticed to a merchant where he gained practical knowledge of business. The poet won the best prologue prize at the 1811 opening of the Park Theater in New York City. That same year, Mr. Sprague’s poems were published in the Centennial, Boston Gazette, and The Evening Gazette. In 1814 Mr. Sprague married Elizabeth Rand. The couple had four kids, of which two made it to adulthood. He wrote many of his poems for public events. When the Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Boston, Mr. Sprague’s inscription were written on an arch that hung of the streets of the city. Harvard College gave the poet an honorary degree of Master of Arts. Charles James Sprague, the poet’s son, because the curator of botany at the Boston Society of Natural History. Two of the poet’s grandsons become renowned artists, Charles Sprague Pearce and W.H.S. Pearce. Zohar – Man of la…

Fun Facts Friday: Fannie Hurst
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / October 19, 2018

Fannie Hurst (19 October, 1885 – 23 February, 1968) was a novelist and short-story writer from Ohio. Books by Fannie Hurst* Hurst was born in Hamilton, OH, but grew up in St. Louis, MS. Her father owned a shoe factory. In 1909 Ms. Hurst wrote both the book and the lyrics for the comic opera The Official Chaperon during her last term in Washington University. Her marriage to Jacques Danielson was strange for the time (1920s), and even today. The couple lived their own separate lives, and even maintained separate residences. After Mr. Danielson passed away in 1952, Ms. Hurst wrote him a weekly letter for the next 16 years. During the 1920s Ms. Hurst was one of the highest paid American writers. Besides 19 novels, Mrs. Hurst also published more than 300 short stories, four plays (which were produced on Broadway), an autobiography and a memoir. Popular after World War I, Ms. Hurst supported many social causes included African American equality, New Deal programs, and feminism. Hurst was a friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and visited the White House often. Some of the public posts Ms. Hurst held were chair of the National Housing Commission (1936-37), and a delegated to…

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, Vol. 2: Wonderland by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV
3 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / October 15, 2018

About: Batwoman, Vol. 2: Wonderland by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV (illustrated by Steve Epting and Ben Oliver) finds the heroine battling the Many Arms of Death. This issue, part of DC Comics’ Rebirth, collects issues #7 – 11. My rat­ing for Batwoman, Vol. 2: Wonderland  — 3 Buy Batwoman, Vol. 2: Wonderland  from Amazon.com* More Books by Marguerite Bennett More Books by JamesTynion IV Thoughts: Batwoman certainly is the new breakout character in the Rebirth DC universe. I really enjoyed the previous graphic novels I read and Batwoman, Vol. 2: Wonderland by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV (illustrated by Steve Epting and Ben Oliver) was a solid edition. I like the new Arkham Asylum game style Scarecrow, but he still not a worthy villain – the writers solved that issue by making him a tool for the Many Arms of Death. There is very little character development to any of the characters in the book, very little interaction between Kate and her father (a major plot point in the series), which I thought was fascinating and could have really anchored the narrative. The art is great and matches the messy psyche of the story-line. This is one of…

Fun Facts Friday: Ann Petry
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / October 12, 2018

Ann Petry (12 October, 1908 – 28 April, 1997) was an American novelist, author of children’s books and short stories. Books by Ann Petry* The author was born as Ann Lane in Old Saybrook, CT. At the time she was one of 15 African Americans in the town. The author’s father was a pharmacist, her mother a shop owner. Anna Louise James, the first African American pharmacist in Connecticut was her aunt. She was also a pharmacist by profession, even though she wanted to be a writer since high school. After marrying George D. Petry in 1938, the author moved to New York City working as a journalist. The couple had one daughter, Liz. The Street (1946) was the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies. The Street also won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship award. Petry was also an actress with the American Negro Theater. Along with her writing career, Mrs. Petry was also a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Miami University and Suffolk University. She was also a Visiting Professor of English at the University of Hawaii. Petry passed away at Old Saybrook, she was 88 years old. Books by…

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