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Four Tragedies and Octavia by Seneca
Four Tragedies and Octavia
by Seneca
read in April, 2014
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27. FOUR TRAGEDIES AND OCTAVIA. (c. 30A.D.) Seneca. ****.
These tragedies of Seneca (4B.C. – 65 A.D.) are like none others that have come down to us from the Roman theater. E. F. Watling, the translator and writer of the introduction, believes that th...more
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
read in April, 2014
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26. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. (1960). Harper Lee. ****1/2.
There is always a danger of coming to a lower appraisal of a once-loved book when you go to read it again. Fortunately, it didn’t happen here. If anything, partially remembering the story I first...more
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Bernard Malamud by Philip Davis
Bernard Malamud: A Writer's Life
by Philip Davis (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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BERNARD MALAMUD: A Writer’s Life. (2007). Philip Davis. *****.
This is an excellent analysis of Malamud, his life and his works. The author is obviously acquainted with Malamud down to the smallest detail. In this work, he not only provides insights i...more
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Eliot Ness by Douglas Perry
Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero
by Douglas Perry (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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ELIOT NESS: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero. (2014). Douglas Perry. ***.
Although well researched, the presentation was very dry. I had trouble sticking to the book – using any excuse I could find to put it down. All that said, this life of Ness...more
Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself by Robert Montgomery Bird
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Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself by Robert Montgomery Bird
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SHEPPARD LEE Written by Himself. (1836). Robert Montgomery Bird. ****.
I stumbled over this book at the library, not having heard of it previously. I learned that the author had trained as a doctor, but later turned to writing to make his living. This...more
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A Rush on the Ultimate by H.R.F. Keating
A Rush on the Ultimate
by H.R.F. Keating
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A RUSH ON THE ULTIMATE. (1982). H. R. F. Keating. **.
This was not among Keating’s best works. It was a stand-alone mystery crafted along the lines of an Agatha Christie or some other premier writer from the Golden Age. The story revolves around – of...more
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The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
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THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. (2013). Denise Kiernan. ****.
Using the technique of selecting a few representatives of the female workforce employed at the top-secret Oak Ridge facilities, the auth...more
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A Detective Under Fire by H.R.F. Keating
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A DETECTIVE UNDER FIRE. (2004). H. R. F. Keating. ***.
This crime novel features the “Hard Detective,” Harriet Martens. In this case, she is assigned to investigate alleged corruption within the Maximum Crime Unit of the London police. She quickly fin...more
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