The Taking of Jemima Boone tells of how the kidnapping of Jemima Boone, daughter of Daniel Boone, by Native Americans, started a cycle of violence and revenge...

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Sidney Kingsley (22 October, 1906 – 20 March, 1995), born as Sidney Kingsley , was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, as well as an actor....

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Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen is a compilation of interviews and sidebars really lets the reader know Eddie Van Halen like never before....

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Like many other National Geographic books, this one is a gorgeous volume with fantastic photography, showcasing the author’s collection of amazing images....

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I enjoyed reading about Col Eileen M. Collins’ (RET - USAF) journey to become an astronaut. It took time, planning, patience, and resilience...

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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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Book Review: The Gates: A Novel by John Connolly
4 Stars , Fiction / August 4, 2010

I borrowed this book from the local library.     “The Gates” is a fictional story by Irish author John Connolly, which introduces us to Samuel Johnson and his beloved dachshund Boswell. Samuel is a strange boy who likes to confuse his teachers and dreams of getting his soon-to-be-divorced parents back together. In order to get a leg up on all the other kids during Halloween Samuel goes trick-o-treating two days bef...

Book Review: The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg
3 Stars , Fiction / July 29, 2010

I found the setting of a claustrophobic small fishing town of Fjällbacka to be the most intriguing character.  Läckberg does a masterful job capturing the feel of a small town with lots of bad history to bury, where every ripple causes a big effect in the lives of many people.  The seemingly idyllic town, where rich people flock to buy summer houses for peaceful, restful and pleasant vacations, holds many dark riddles which the town...

Book Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
3 Stars , Fiction / July 28, 2010

However, this is a fun book; the book can be ridiculous at times and riveting at others. The character of Salander, who was somewhat believable in the first novel is taken to extremes in this one, but is still great fun even though the "chance encounter" plot twist is a bit overplayed....

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, ...

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