Category Archives: Books

Frank Sinatra and From Here to Eternity

In the novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Johnny Fontane, a popular singer, has fallen on hard times.  He feels that the only way to revive his faltering career is to get a certain part in a war movie that’s … Continue reading

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Words at Play

The coronavirus tragedy has brought into common usage many words that many have only occasionally heard in the past.  Your familiarity with some of these words will, without a doubt, depend on your age.  Let’s look at some of those … Continue reading

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Things to Do If You’re Stuck at Home

Many people are stuck at home during this pandemic.  It may be a new and unsettling situation since we all live at a frenzied pace most of the time.  So what can you do for yourself, and what can you … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Mo Rocca is a correspondent on the popular CBS program, Sunday Morning. He is also the author of Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving and of the popular podcast of the same name.  Somehow he has managed to put a unique … Continue reading

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“It Was a Dark and Stormy Night”

“Old man Buckman had been murdering and dismembering teenagers in our town for years, and getting away with it, and it’s important to emphasize this right up front, because young readers like you have painfully short attention spans, and unless … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Margaret Atwood has just released a sequel to her popular 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.  Her new book, The Testaments, takes place 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale ends. CBS news correspondent Martha Teichner recently interviewed Atwood about both books … Continue reading

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Desert Island Reads

You’re visiting this website because you love books, and you’re probably hoping to come across some interesting books to add to your “to read” list (as if it isn’t long enough already).  But consider the many books you’ve already read … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

Richard Feynman was a brilliant theoretical physicist, bongo player, and safecracker.  He was also an excellent writer – especially about his personal life.  I recommend his books “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character and The Pleasure … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

National Review magazine has a series of podcasts called The Great Books which is hosted by John J. Miller who is a professor at Hillsdale College in Michigan.  In each of the half-hour podcasts Miller interviews someone who is an … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“He was always so plausible.  Many People have believed that his version of events was the true one, give or take a few murders, a few beautiful seductresses, a few one-eyed monsters.  Even I believed him, from time to time.  … Continue reading

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