A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age
(2017) - Jimmy Soni (Grade:A)
The Duke's Children
(1879) - Anthony Trollope (Grade:B+)
The Golden Warrior: the Story of Harold and William
(1949) - Hope Muntz (Grade:A+)
The Handmaid's Tale
(1986) - Margaret Atwood (Grade:C+)
Brothers Judd Daily
Brothers Judd QuasiDaily Bookmarks:
William Faulkner (1897-1962) was born in Albany, MS on September 25, 1897. Read Orrin's review of Light in August (1932) (Grade: B-)
Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) was born in Chicago, IL on September 25, 1930. Read Orrin's review ofThe Giving Tree (1964) & Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974)(Shel Silverstein 1930-1999)(Grades: A+ & A-)
John Marshall (1755-1835) was born in Fauquier County, VA on September 24, 1755.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was born in St. Paul, MN on September 24, 1896. Read Orrin's review of The Great Gatsby (1925)(Grade: B)
William H McGuffey (1800-1873) was born on September 23, 1800. His McGuffey Readers taught generations of Americans.
John Coltrane (1926-1967) was born in Hamlet, NC on September 23, 1926. Dryfoos and Geller both recommend Giant Steps (1960).
Bruce Springsteen was born in Asbury Park, NJ on September 23, 1949. Born in the U.S.A. was Ronald Reagan's reelection campaign theme song in 1984.
Stephen King was born in Portland, ME on September 21, 1947. Read Orrin's reviews of The Cycle of the Werewolf (1983)(Ill. by Bernie Wrightson)(Grade: C), Pet Sematary (1983)(Grade: C+), The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)
(Grade: B), and The Green Mile (1997)(Grade: A-)
Herbert George (H. G.) Wells (1866-1946) was born in Kent, GB on September 21, 866. Read Orrin's review of The Invisible Man (1897) (Grade: A)
Charles Williams (1886-1945) was born on September 20, 1886. Read Orrin's review of Descent into Hell (1937)
William Golding (1911-1993) was born near Newquay, Cornwall on September 19, 1911. Read Orrin's review of Lord of the
Flies (1954) (Grade: C)
Samuel Johnson (1709-84) was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire on September 18, 1709. Brothers Judd recommends his Dictionary of the English Language (1755) and Boswell's Life of Johnson.
Robert B. Parker (1932-) was born in Springfield, MA on September 17, 1932. Read Orrin's review of A Savage Place (1981)(Grade: A)
Ken Kesey (1935-) was born in La Junta, CO on September 17, 1935. Brothers Judd recommends his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962).
The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, was one of the bloodiest days in American history, with 23,000 casualties. Brothers Judd recommends William Safire's excellent Civil War novel, Freedom.
Hank Williams (1923-53) was born in Georgiana, AL on September 16, 1923. Brothers Judd recommends the biography Your Cheatin' Heart : A Biography of Hank Williams (Chet Flippo) and the album, Forty Greatest Hits of Hank Williams.
John Gay (1685-1732) was born on September 16, 1685. Read Orrin's review of The Beggar's Opera (1728)(Grade: A)
Francis Parkman (1823-1893) America's greatest Historian, was born on September 16, 1823. Read Orrin's review of The Oregon Trail (1847) (Grade: A+)
William Howard Taft (1857-1930), 27th President of the United States, was born in Cincinnati, OH on September 15, 1857.
Bernard MacLaverty (1942-) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 14, 1942. Brothers Judd recommends his novel Cal (1983) which was adapted into a very good movie version (1984) starring Helen Mirren.
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The Brothers Judd - The Adventure of Great Literature
If two New Hampshire men aren't a match for the Devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians. -Stephen Vincent Benet
(1898-1943), The Devil and Daniel Webster