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Bruno, Chief of Police: A Mystery of the French Countryside (2007) - Martin Walker  (Grade:A)
The Unseen [De Usynlige] (2013) - Roy Jacobsen  (Grade:A)
On the Abolition of All Political Parties (1943) - Simone Weil  (Grade:F)
The Informer (1925) - Liam O'Flaherty  (Grade:A)
After the Banquet [Utage no Ato] (1960) - Yukio Mishima  (Grade:B)
Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth (2007) - Norman F. Cantor  (Grade:B-)
'Salem's Lot (1975) - Stephen King  (Grade:C)
A Little Life (2015) - Hanya K Yanagihara   (Grade:C)
Amsterdam (1998) - Ian McEwan  (Grade:C)
The Trojan War : A New History (2006) - Barry Strauss  (Grade:A)
How Democracies Die (2018) - Steven Levitsky   (Grade:C)
We Cast a Shadow (2019) - Maurice Carlos Ruffin  (Grade:C+)
Red Pill (2020) - Hari Kunzru  (Grade:C)
The Children of Men (1992) - P.D. James  (Grade:A+)

M : A City Searches for a Murderer [Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder] (1931) - Fritz Lang   (Grade:A+)
Breaker Morant (1979) - Bruce Beresford  (Grade:A+)

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Compass marker 01/19/21:

Patricia Highsmith (1921-95) was born in Fort Worth, TX on January 19, 1921. We've reviewed several of her novels.

Paul Cezanne (1839-) was born in Aix-en-Provence, France on January 19, 1839

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) was born in Boston, MA on January 19, 1809. Read Orrin's review of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838)(Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849)(Grade: A-)

Robert E. Lee (1807-70) was born in Stratford, VA on January 19, 1807.

A.A. (Alan Alexander) Milne (1882-1956) was born in London, ENG on January 18, 1882. Read Orrin's review of The Red House Mystery (1922)(Grade: C+)

Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was born in Salisbury, NH on January 18, 1782.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was born in on January 17, 1706. He wrote one of the first great books by an American: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 17, 1771. Read Orrin's review of Wieland; or the Transformation: An American Tale (1798)(Grade: A)

William Kennedy (1928-) was born in Albany, NY on January 16, 1928. Read Orrin's review of Ironweed (1983).

Susan Sontag was born in New York, NY on January 16, 1933. Read Orrin's review of Where the Stress Falls (2001).

Gavin Bryars (1943-) was born in Goole, ENG on January 16, 1943. Read Orrin's review of Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1993) (Gavin Bryars 1943-)

Robert W. Service (1874-1958) was born in England on January 16, 1874.

Diane Fossey (1932-85) was born in Fairfax, CA on January 16, 1932. Brothers Judd recommends Woman in the Mists: The Story of Dian Fossey and the Mountain Gorillas of Africa (Farley Mowat)

Norman Podhoretz was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 16, 1930. Brothers Judd recommends My Love Affair With America: The Cautionary Tale of a Cheerful Conservative (2000) (Norman Podhoretz 1930-)

Marilyn Horne (1934-) was born in Bradford, PA on January 16, 1934

Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean (1911-74) was born in Lucas, AR on January 16, 1911.

Frank Conroy (1936-) was born in New York, NY on January 15, 1936.

Ernest J. Gaines (1933-) was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, LA on January 15, 1933. Read Orrin's review of A Lesson Before Dying (1993)(Grade: A)

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-68) was born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929. He was named one of the Brothers Judd 10 Greatest Cultural figures of the 20th Century. Read Orrin's review of Dreamer: A Novel (1998)(Charles R. Johnson 1948-) (Grade: C)

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere (1622-) was baptised on January 15, 1622.

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-Stephen Vincent Benet (1898-1943), The Devil and Daniel Webster