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Hurricane Season: A Coach, His Team, and Their Triumph in the Time of Katrina (2007) - Neal Thompson  (Grade:A)
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Compass marker 01/25/15:


Robert Burns (1759-1796) was born in Alloway, Scotland on January 25, 1759.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was born on January 25, 1874. Read Orrin's reviews of Of Human Bondage (1915) (Grade: F)(#66 on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century) and The Moon and Sixpence (1919) (Grade: C+)


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was born in London, ENG on January 25, 1882. Read Orrin's review of To the Lighthouse (1927)(Grade: F) and A Room of One's Own (1929)(Grade: C+)


Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born in New York, NY on January 24, 1862. See Orrin's reviews of The House of Mirth (1905)(Grade: B+), Ethan Frome (1911) (Grade: A) and The Age of Innocence (1920)(Grade: A)


Hadrian (76-) was born in Seville, Spain on January 24, 76.


Derek Walcott (1930-), 1992 Nobel Prize Laureate, was born in Castries, Saint Lucia on January 23, 1930.


Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (1910-53) was born in Liberchies, Belgium on January 23, 1910. In 1934 he formed the famous quintet the Hot Club of France with violinist Stephane Grappelli. Dryfoos recommends: Django with his American Friends, especially the 4 cuts he made with Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins in the mid-30's. Carter provided the arrangements and some nice work on alto and trumpet; Hawkins has a great solo in each of the tunes. Although Django doesn't solo much on these tracks, his distinctive sound and sense of swing absolutely propel the session.


Edouard Manet (1832-) was born in Paris, FR on January 23, 1832.


Happy Birthday to Mark McCormick (January 22)


Lord George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824) was born In London, ENG on January 22, 1788. Brothers Judd recommends Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812)


Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1885-1949) was born in Mooringsport, LA on January 21, 1885.


David Lynch (1946) was born in Missoula, MT on January 20, 1946. Read Orrin's review of The Straight Story (1999)


Johannes Jensen (1873-1950), the 1944 Nobel Laureate, was born in Farso, DEN on January 20, 1873.


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




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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