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Out of the Park Baseball 17 (2017) - Out of the Park Baseball 17  (Grade:A+)
The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State (2015) - William McCants  (Grade:A)
The Curve (2016) - Cameron Stracher  (Grade:A+)
Graveyard Clay: Cré na Cille (1949) - Máirtín Ó Cadhain  (Grade:B+)
The Curve (2016) - Jeremy Blachman  (Grade:A+)
The House of Daniel: A novel of miracles, magic, and minor league ball (2016) - Harry Turtledove  (Grade:A-)
The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1785) - George Cruikshank  (Grade:B+)
The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain (2016) - Dario Fernandez-Morera  (Grade:A)
The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1785) - Rudolph Erich Raspe  (Grade:B+)
How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower (2009) - Adrian Goldsworthy  (Grade:A)
Out Stealing Horses (2003) - Per Petterson  (Grade:A+)
A Voyage Around My Room (1795) - Xavier de Maistre  (Grade:B+)
Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex (2015) - Michael Hitzlik  (Grade:A)
How the West Won : The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity (2014) - Rodney Stark  (Grade:A+)
The Tatra Eagle (2012) - J. Victor Tomaszek  (Grade:A)
Rock Crystal (1845) - Adalbert Stifter  (Grade:A+)
Cato: A Tragedy (1713) - Joseph Addison  (Grade:A+)
Canaan (1996) - Geoffrey Hill  (Grade:A-)
The Spirit of St. Louis (1953) - Charles A. Lindbergh  (Grade:A+)
MOVIE REVIEWS:


Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Stanley Kubrick  (Grade:A-)

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Compass marker 12/10/16:


Rumer Godden (1907-98) was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, ENG on December 10, 1907. Read Orrin's review of Black Narcissus (1939)(Grade: B)


Mary Norton (1903-93) was born in London, ENG on December 10, 1903. She wrote the great childrens book The Borrowers (1953)


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was born in Amherst, MA on December 10, 1830. Brothers Judd recommends The Collected Poems


Breaker Morant, also known as Harry Harbord Morant was born in Bridgwater, England on December 9, 1864. Read Orrin's review of Breaker Morant (1979) (directed by Bruce Beresford 1940-).


John Milton (1608-) was born in Cheapside, London on December 9, 1608. His masterpiece Paradise Lost (1667) was written after he went blind and took five years to complete.


Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908) was born near Eatonton, GA on December 9, 1848. He wrote the terrific series of Uncle Remus stories.


Dalton Trumbo (1905-76), an unrepentant Communist justifiably blacklisted as part of the Hollywood Ten, was born in Montrose, CO on December 9, 1905. Read Orrin's review of his National Book Award winning Johnny Got His Gun (1939)(Grade: F)


Richard Llewellyn (1906-1983) was born in Wales on December 8, 1906. Read Orrin's review of How Green Was My Valley (1939)(Grade: A+)


Mary Gordon (1949-) was born on Long Island, NY on December 8, 1949.


Elsie Crisler Segar (1894-?), the creator of "Popeye," was born in Chester, IL on December 8, 1894.


James Thurber (1894-1961) was born in Columbus, OH on December 8, 1894. Brothers Judd recommends the Library of America collection: James Thurber: Writings and Drawings and Thurber on Crime (James Thurber 1894-1961)(edited by Robert Lopresti) (Read Orrin's review.)


Ron Hansen was born December 8, 1947. He was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Read Orrin's review of Mariette in Ecstasy (1991) (Ron Hansen 1947-).


Hervey Allen (1889-1949), author of the epic historical novel Anthony Adverse (1933), was born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 8, 1889.


Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born near Winchester, VA on December 7, 1873. Read Orrin's review of Death Comes to the Archbishop (1927)(Grade: C)


Gunnar Myrdal (1898-1987) was born in Gustafs, Sweden on December 6, 1898.


Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) was born in New Brunswick, NJ on December 6, 1886. Best remembered for his poem Trees, it seems likely that he is the only poet memorialized by having a Turnpike Rest Area named in his honor.


Walt Disney (1901-66) was born in Chicago, IL on December 5, 1901. Griffin Judd particularly recommends Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).


Calvin Trillin (1935-) was born in Kansas City, MO on December 5, 1935. Brothers Judd recommends his very funny Tummy Trilogy.


Martin Van Buren (1782?1862) was born in Kinderhook, NY on December 5, 1782. He was the first non-Adams not to be reelected President.


George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) was born in New Rumley, OH on December 5, 1839. Read Orrin's review of The Fatal Environment : The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890 (1985)(Richard Slotkin) (Grade: B-)




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