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suellen-ocean's picture
May.15.2013
There are many who reminisce fondly of the days of plantations. Today, the large plantation homes are tourist destinations. The skill that went into building them fascinates all who visit. Unfortunately, most of these grand homes were built by slaves during the 1700s and 1800s. Antebellum means "...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
May.08.2013
          Delphine was shocked when she first visited Palestine.  She discovered a massive wall slicing brutally through towns and farms, keeping people from work, schools, hospitals, and sometimes their families.  She found a land in which...
monty-heying's picture
Apr.04.2013
A charismatic teenage sociopath, Jack Merridew, gains leadership over a group of marooned boys from elite British prep schools by murder and exploiting fear. Many of the worst atrocities of mankind have been the consequence of a wealthy ruling elite seeking ever more power, or resisting them, as in...
bob-mustin's picture
Feb.15.2013
American Lion - Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham Jackson was never a favorite of mine, but there are things in this Pulitzer Prize-winning book of Jon Meacham’s that has me a bit more respectful of his presidency. Yes, he did break treaties and banish the Creek, Chickasaw, and...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.27.2013
  image via betterworldbooks.com Thomas Jefferson - The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham A friend of mine, who at the time was deputy commissioner of a state agency in Georgia, had a very large portrait of Jefferson hanging on the wall outside his office. Each occasion I had to visit his office...
robert-earle's picture
Jan.26.2013
Sherburne--Stories by R.T. Smith   I'm scheduled to moderate a panel on short stories in March that will include discussion of Sherburne by R.T. Smith, so despite the fact that I've read this book, I'm going to reserve direct comment  and share some more general thoughts about writing...
steven-belanger's picture
Jan.12.2013
    Photo: William Seward, from his own Wikipedia page   After watching Spielberg's Lincoln, I bought the book much of the movie is based on, Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Because I'm nerdy like that.  On page 85 is a true account of William Seward's defense...
steven-belanger's picture
Jan.04.2013
Photo: Movie poster from its Wikipedia page   Any Tarantino flick is worth seeing, and this one is no exception.  Though worth seeing, however, I can't say it was on par with his latest and greatest.  In fact, this one was the biggest disappointment for me since Jackie Brown....
luke-james's picture
Dec.16.2012
I heard tell the five elements of a synopsis are:  a (1) hero who finds himself stuck in a (2)  situation from which he wants to free himself by achieving a (3)  goal.  However, there is a (4) villain who wants to stop him from this, and if he's successful, will cause the hero...