Author Q and A with Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / May 7, 2011

Eliz­a­beth Kerri Mahon did what many bloggers dream but not dare – she turned her blog into a book. Not only that, I really liked her book “Scandalous Women” (book review) and Ms. Mahon was kind enough to answer a few questions about social media, her experience going from a blog to a book and her favorite scandalous women.

Fun Facts Friday: Scandalous Women
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 6, 2011

The book “Scandalous Women” (book review) by Eliz­a­beth Kerri Mahon (blog | Twit­ter) is filled with great stories and great trivia. Instead of doing my usual Fun Facts Friday I decided to do something a bit different. I will use random.org ten times and open up to that page in  “Scandalous Women”. Once there I will gleam a fun fact from that page. 1)      To celebrate her 50 years in show biz, 68 year old Josephine Baker did a retrospective revue at the Bobino in Paris (page 230). 2)      Amelia Earhart is considered to be the first modern American heroine (page 285). 3)      Lady Caroline Lamb wrote an anonymous fan letter to Lord Byron after reading an 1812 ARC of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. And you thought ARCs were a new thing (page 47). 4)      If Joan of Arc lived today she’d probably be diagnosed as a schizophrenic (page 21). 5)      Mata Hari means “the eye of the day” in Malay (page 112). 6)      Boudica, a queen of the Iceni tribe (today considered part of England), seized London from the conquering Roman Empire and burned it the town the ground (page 11). 7)      Mary Wollstonecraft who caused many scandals arguing for…

Author Q and A with Daphne Kalotay
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / May 4, 2011

Daphne Kalotay (website | Facebook |Reading Group Guide ) wrote her first book “Russian Winter” (book review) to great acclaim. I was very impressed with the research that went into the  book. I also found the book complex, not in a bad way of course and had some questions about and Ms. Kalotay was kind enough to answer a few questions I’ve had for her. The paperback edition includes discussion questions, a Q&A, a personal essay and recommended reading; Ms. Kalotay website has a dedicated For Book Groups page with tools for discussion and more. Q. “Russian Winter” deals with ballet and poetry. Do you think the two are connected? A. Definitely. Ballet is poetry without words. Poetry is physical and choreographed, a creation of sound and movement, creating its own visual patterns—on a page instead of a stage. And just as there are story ballets and abstract ballets, there are narrative poems and abstract poems. Just as there are love poems, celebratory poems, elegies, you’ll of course find ballets expressing all of these things. Formal poetry (sonnets, haiku, etc.) has its own accepted structure, just as traditional ballets follow general rules. Whatever the outward form, both dance and poetry…

Book Review: Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion. The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Russian Winter” to be given out– enter at the end of the post. For more giveaways, please check out the Facebook Book Giveaway Group My rating for Russian Winter: 4 About: “Russian Winter” by Daphne Kalotay(website | Facebook |Reading Group Guide )is a fictional book which follows the complex life of a Russian prima ballerina who defected to the US.  The paperback edition includes discussion questions, a Q&A, a personal essay and recommended reading; Ms. Kalotay website has a dedicated For Book Groups page with tools for discussion and more. 496 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial ISBN: 0061962172 Buy & Save on“Russian Winter” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “Russian Winter” by Daphne Kalotay is a complex book that’s difficult to describe.   This is one of those books that you really need to pay attention while reading, reading it quickly will take away from the enjoyment. There are many details about the book which are fascinating, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Bolshoi tryouts, dancing, the life of a ballerina and life in…

Book Review: The Steel Wave-A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

The topic for this book is the events leading up and after D-Day (January through September 1944) seeing through the eyes of the aggressor (Eisenhower), the defender (Rommel), the generals (Bradley, Patton, von Rundstedt) and best of all, the ordinary soldiers (Sergeant Jesse Adams, a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne and Jack Logan, a tank gunner with the First Armored Division).

Book Review: The Perfect Nazi by Martin Davidson
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / April 27, 2011

Growing up in Scotland, Martin Davidson knew his grandfather is a man who likes to tell jokes and stories. After his grandfather died Mr. Davidson discovered that his grandfather had many skeletons in his closet, not the least are a membership in the Nazi party (one of the first to join) and wore with pride his SS uniform.

Book Review: The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

The day to day lives of the fighting men in the unforgiving Libyan dessert were tough. Not only fighting heat and exhaustion, but the British Army Dessert Rats, the Australians and New Zealanders were battling the Dessert Fox (Rommel). Rommel used what he knew about other generals to his advantage and the results were German victories.

The story moves on to 1943 where the Allies believe that Italy will be a piece of cake and they could move on the Germany. Italy did surrender but the Nazis kept on fighting. The book ends after the battles in Naples and Salerno where the Allies paid a high price for the victory and the beginning of the plan to attack the French coast.

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