Monthly Archives: September 2015


Manga is a style of artwork that originated in Japan that is very popular with young people. All sorts of works have become manga books – even the works of Shakespeare. Before you write off the manga Shakespeare series as … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

The following quotes come from A Passion for Books: A Book Lover’s Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Lore, and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books edited by Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan with a forward … Continue reading

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The New Joys of Yiddish

Yiddish is alive and well in – of all places – Texas according to a recent CBS Sunday Morning feature. And it’s being taught to a cross-section of people according to the segment. You may not be interested in taking … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Elena Ferrante is a very popular and very elusive writer. I’m assuming that Ferrante actually exists as I write this. Many think that she is simply the pseudonym of another writer. She (or he, as the case might be) has … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

The 1935 classic movie David Copperfield had a stellar cast of actors that included Basil Rathbone (who would become perhaps the most popular actor to portray Sherlock Holmes), Freddie Bartholomew (one of the most popular child actors in history), Lionel … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – September 2015

I often include classic literature in my quizzes, but this quiz is about recent fiction and nonfiction. Have you been keeping up? Take this quiz to find out.  As always, you will find the answers to the quiz on my … Continue reading

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This and That from Here and There

Just for the fun of it, I’ve chosen some items from the internet that you might enjoy. None of them are about books, and none of them are too heavy. I hope you’ll take time to explore them. 18 Maps … Continue reading

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Words at Play

“The Internet encourages people to think of baby names like user names. Once a name is taken, they think, ‘That’s it—I have to find a new one.’” Finding a unique name for your baby can be challenging – and very … Continue reading

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