Virgil was a Roman poet from the Augustan period. He is known for his wide influence on western literature works such as Dante’s Divine Comedy....

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The “starving artist” stereotype has been around for years. Unfortunately, it continues to stick for plenty of good reasons. ...

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A descendant of Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson has been drive away from her neighborhood in Charlottesville, VA by a white militia...

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The book has no structure, just a bunch of essays about far off places, and interesting people. These essays could be read out of order, there is not timeline...

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Frank Herbert (8 October, 1920 – 11 February, 1986) was an American author known for his science-fiction masterpiece Dune, a Nebula and Hugo awards winner....

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De Smet, SD the town where the Ingalls were one of its first residents, many of the Little House books document the building of De Smet...

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This is not the standard book about Mt. Everest. The story starts when the English Empire was at its height, and ends before the famous 1953 summit expedition....

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In a futuristic society people are grown as nearly identical embryos & conditioned to remove strong desires. They take a drug called soma to keep them docile....

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Daniel J. Boorstin was a historian specializing in both American and world history. Mr. Boorstin was the twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress....

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When Eldon Quint is mistaken for his outlaw tween brother, his son gets killed in the crossfire. Eldon goes on a journey to bury his son, and avenge his death...

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Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World Edited by Samuel Shimon
Fiction / July 25, 2010

Beirut 39 edited by Samuel Shimon is a collection of stories and poems.  The collection is the product of a literary competition in the Arab world, young authors and poets, all under 40 years of age, competed in a contest sponsored by, among others, Banipal magazine in the Hay festival. The best 39 short stories, poems and novel parts were published. Buy Beirut 39 from Amazon.com*  The stories and poems touch on many varied subjects, ...

Book Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
4 Stars , Fiction / July 23, 2010

I liked Little Bee and the ending caught me a bit by surprise and I liked the distinct voices author Chris Cleave tries to use - it made the story more interesting and gave us a bit of background about Little Bee without having to resort to flashbacks....

Book Review: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland
4 Stars , Fiction / July 22, 2010

There is something about the Romanov’s which has always been lighting up people’s imaginations, whether it’s the rumors about their death (helped immensely by misinformation from the Russian government), or the enormous wealth symbolized by the fabulous Faberge eggs or the legends of the survival of Princess Anastasia. In “Eye of the Red Tsar”, a fictional tale with historical accuracy, author Sam Eastland introduced his audi...

Book Review: Infamous by Ace Atkins
4 Stars , Historical Fiction / July 20, 2010

The story is told through the eyes of an invisible observer, a fly on the wall. We, the readers, do not hear what any of the characters think but we observe them from a close distance.The storytelling is riveting and exciting; the characters are interesting, engaging and dimensional. I don’t know if Mr. Atkins meant to make George Kelly a likable figure, but to me he was the most likeable person in this unique cast of characters....

Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan
5 Stars , Fiction / July 16, 2010

Devils in Exile is a rough, fast, flashy, tough and smart action thriller.  There are twists I saw, but – best of all – the main twists I did not see.  Chuck Hogan stays away from the troubled hero clichés and the characters in this book are created very well....

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