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Star Wars Encyclopedia
Stephen J. Sansweet
America's Library: The Story of the Library of Congress, 1800-2000
James Conaway, Edmund Morris
Anything Goes!: What I've Learned from Pundits, Politicians, and Presidents
Larry King, Pat Piper
The Greatest Circus Stories Ever Told: Amazing Stories of Life Under the Big Top
Stephen Vincent Brennan
Carny Folk: The World's Weirdest Sideshow Acts
Francine Hornberger
A Concise History of Germany
Mary Fulbrook
Complete Idiot's Guide to Nazi Germany
Robert Smith Thompson
Best Little Stories from the White House
C. Brian Kelly
Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor
Curtis Roosevelt
Don't Touch That Dial
J. Fred MacDonald
Alice in Tumblr-land - Tim Manley

First let me state something important: this is not meant for kids.


This is an interesting idea with very nice illustrations, but it wasn’t very well executed with the slideshow format and having a random order to the stories. Some stories had a good theme but overall it was mixed bag.


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The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew

The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew - Cracked.com If you are a fan of Cracked, then you know what you are going to get, an informative, funny, and somewhat profane discourse of the reality behind many misconceptions involving the human body, history, and various other subjects. I just love that is styled like an old-school encyclopedia, it just lends the right touch to a great reference book.

Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History

Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History - Glen Berger I would like to start this review pointing out that while there were several injuries, no one died on stage. Berger paints a very vivid portrait of a somewhat troubled play, filled talented and sometimes frantic people. The cast and crew deserve great praise for trudging on to create a spectacular play. This is a good read for theater goers, fans of Spider-man, or anyone who enjoys a good workplace story. Free review copy.

What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art

What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art - Will Gompertz Some of you might notice my avatar; it stems from the Human condition, and defines the struggle….okay it is really just me playing around in MS Paint and has no deep meaning. But as Gompertz shows that is how art evolves, from the artists that defy the establishment and later become the establishment. This provides a great overlook amongst the various eras of art, (although one subtitled Mind Games could be applied to more groups.) Since art is a visual medium, I would have liked to see more pictures of the pieces that he talked about. Free review copy.

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof - Alisa Solomon This is a very expansive book that covers a lot of ground, and all of the aspects receive equal treatment. It starts out covering the life of the author Sholem-Aleichem, a pen name that translates in modern terms as “How do you do” (as a little joke, “What is your name? How do you do. Fine, but what is your name.) First showing how he brought his life experiences into the Tevye stories and then moving on to his other writings and plays. It then moves away from Sholem-Aleichem and more into the careers of the stagers of the Broadway play and the reactions of both the Jewish and theater communities. All in all this book provides an intriguing look into one of the world’s greatest plays and is a must read for regular theater goers.

Running with the Enemy

Running with the Enemy - Lloyd Lofthouse This is a LT Member Giveaway review. This is a real pulse pounding adventure that is not for the faint of heart. You have a heroic soldier and crazed villains and a satisfying ending. I always like when the easy way is not taken, it leads to a much better read for the hero to overcome his problems with forceful determination. A must read for those that like military adventure.

Jim Henson: The Biography

Jim Henson: The Biography - Brian Jay Jones Backstage at the Muppet Theater, Fozzie is reading a book. “Hey Kermit, can you come here for a second?” “Sure. Hey you’ve got the new Jim Henson biography, how is it.” Oh it’s great, but it says there are pictures, but it’s all blank.” “Well this is what an advance uncorrected proof, they put the pictures in the finished book.” “Oh.” Hey guys, I’m a big fan, but I’m the one who is supposed to review this book. ”Of course. Come on Fozzie lets let Exapno get on with the review.” “Alright. Exapno, that’s an unusual name.” “I think it’s Russian.” Fozzie is right though, this is a wonderful book with insights from everybody that knew him and Jim’s private journal. He was a remarkable man who could charm anybody from kids to adults to animals. Animal, Animal, Animal! Animal! Sit. Sit Stay. Stay Good boy. Just like Jim the book proceeds through his life calmly and directly, although it does skim over a few things, like the Great Muppet Caperbut it does give you a lovely overview into his thought process and creative mind. Even if you aren’t much of a Muppet fan you will enjoy yourself. But for those of us that are die-hard fans, you will learn and love. ”Bravo, stupendous, author.” “Statler, you really liked that review.” “No the review for Gone With the Wind” This is a Muppet Newsflash: This review is from a free review copy.

Defiance of Eagles

Defiance of Eagles - William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone It’s been many ‘a year since I have read one of William Johnstone’s books and I had forgotten how good they are. This story has all sorts of good characters from strong family, to a crazed villain, to a resident of a house of ill-fame that probably would not have been talked about in westerns of the past. This is a very good read and will leave you wanting more. Free review copy.

Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel

Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child I really like when Lee breaks up the usual situations of Reacher wandering into a backwoods town and finds himself in trouble. By having him get dragged into something bigger makes for a great pulse pounding thriller, and we get a look at military style Reacher. Free review copy.

The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History

The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History - Robert W. Cohen This is pretty straightforward, the 50 greatest Yankees listed in order of greatness. I liked the fact that the author didn’t go for the new is better philosophy and that there were lesser-known, but still qualified players featured. Each player has a summary of his time with the Yankees and his best season and most memorable moments. This is a good pick-up even if you are not a die-hard Yankee fan, (Go Rays!)

Malavita: A Novel

Malavita: A Novel - Tonino Benacquista Okay bear with me for a minute because this gets a little complicated. Malavita was originally released in English as Badfellas, (a homage to the main characters love of the movie Goodfellas,) and is now being re-released under its original French name due to a movie version coming out, which is called The Family. The author is Italian-French, and has a British translator which leads to a novel about Americans from New Jersey that doesn’t feel like an accurate portrayal. It feels more like a thoughtful look at a family long away from home with some small stereotypes thrown in. This is pleasant read but is not a typical gangster story. Free review copy.

Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con

Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con - Guy Lawson It seems it is easy to con a con man. For the first part of the book, Octopus shows the reader a fairly normal portrait of a young man who gradually works his way to the top of a trading company. But the action really heats up during the second part. The first part is fairly straightforward show Israel going from legitimate trades to covering his losses with Ponzi-style schemes. The second part comes off like the TV show Leverage, in which you see the con and then are shown how it all takes place. In order to cover his losses, Israel believes an ever increasing series of cons which could not have been more obvious if the villain had been twirling a handlebar mustache and had a maniacal laugh. The best part is reading about all of the scams from a secret government trading program, to a secret stash of U.S. bonds and gold, to the Kennedy assassination. This acts like a thriller with an incredulously true story.

Actor. Writer. Whatever.

Actor. Writer. Whatever.: (Essays on My Rise to the Top of the Bottom of the Entertainment Industry) - Mellini Kantayya This is an interesting and honest tale of what it is like to be an actor and writer in New York. She tells about the good along the bad and sometimes the ugly. It’s a good read for anybody who wants to be in show business and know the realities behind it. Free review copy.

American Cars, 1973-1980: Every Model, Year by Year

American Cars, 1973-1980: Every Model, Year by Year - J. Kelly Flory Jr. When I first requested this book, I anticipated a coffee table book with pictures of all the cars and a few tidbits of each car. What I received was a massive book that contains all the details, from all the paint coats to every option on every car made by the Big 3 automakers and AMC from 1973 to 1980. This is a definite must have for any automotive enthusiast who is drawn to the details.

Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race

Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race - 'Dick Morris',  'Eileen McGann' An interesting look, from the past, at what a future election could be like. The writers take a firm view that both Senator Clinton and Secretary Rice were the forerunners for the 2008 Presidential elections, although Sec. Rice had not hinted that she would run. While Morris was a political advisor for President Clinton, I think it is fair to say that he doesn’t like Hillary, and with that and the fact that they discount every other candidate, President Obama just receives a brief mention, downgrades an otherwise good political preview.

The King's Jar: A Dani O'Rourke Mystery

The King's Jar: A Dani O Rourke Mystery - Susan C. Shea This is a very nice journey into the world of museums and their privileged patrons. I liked the pacing and the way the mystery was laid out with the clues spread out throughout the book. It’s not a slam bang action mystery which allows the reader to have a nice journey.