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Compulsion (1956) - Meyer Levin  (Grade:B-)
The Middle Kingdom Ride (2013) - Ryan Pyle  (Grade:B)
Wilt : Larger than Life (2004) - Robert Cherry  (Grade:B+)
In the Night of Time (2009) - Antonio Munoz Molina  (Grade:C)
My Struggle: Book 2 A Man in Love (2010) - Karl Ove Knausgaard  (Grade:A+)
The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac (2015) - Sharma Shields  (Grade:B)
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Frederick Exley (1929-92) was born on March 28, 1929. Brothers Judd recommends A Fan's Notes (1968)


Nelson Algren (1909-81) was born in Detroit, MI on March 28, 1909. Read Orrin's review of The Man with the Golden Arm (1949) (Grade: C)


Russell Banks (1940-) was born in Newton, MA on March 27, 1940. Read Orrin's review of Affliction (1989) (Grade: B-)


Bob Woodward (1943-) was born in Geneva, IL on March 26, 1943. Read Orrin's reviews of The Agenda : Inside the Clinton White House (1994) (Grade: B) and Maestro: Greenspan's Fed and the American Boom (2000) (Grade: B)


John Kennedy Toole (1937-1969) commited suicide on March 26, 1969. Read Orrin's review of A Confederacy of Dunces (1980)(Grade: B-)


Robert Frost (1874-1963) was born on March 26, 1874.


A.E. Housman (1859-1936) was born in Worcestershire, England on March 26, 1859. Read Orrin's review of A Shropshire Lad (1896)(Grade: B)


Aretha Franklin (1942-) was born in Memphis, TN on March 25, 1942.


Flannery O'Connor (1925-68) was born in Savannah, GA on March 25, 1925. Read Orrin's reviews of Wise Blood (1952)(Grade: A+) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960) (Grade: B-)


William Morris (1834-96) was born in Walthamstow, ENG on March 24, 1834. Read Orrin's review of The Wood Beyond the World (1895) (Grade: B+)


Akira Kurosawa (1910-99) was born in Tokyo on March 23, 1910. Among his achievements are The Seven Samurai (1954), Ran (1985), Rashomon (1951) and The Hidden Fortress (1958)(basis for Star Wars).


On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry (1736-1799) gave his most famous speech: "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.".


Louis [Dearborn LaMoore] L'Amour (1908-88) was born in Jamestown, ND on March 22, 1908


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was born in Eisenach, GER on March 21, 1685. Brothers Judd recommends virtually everything he ever wrote, but particularly the Brandenburg Concertos.

Ovid (43-17 BC) was born at Sulmo, Italy on March 20, 43 BC. Brothers Judd recommends his Metamorphoses.


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was born in Skien, Norway on March 20, 1828. Read Orrin's review of Peer Gynt (1867)(Henrik Ibsen 1828-1906)(Grade: C+)


Fred Rogers (1928-) was was born in Latrobe, PA on March 20, 1928. He, of course, created Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.


Lois Lowry (1937-) was born in Honolulu, HI on March 20, 1937. Read Orrin's review of The Giver (1993) (Lois Lowry 1937-)


Ornette Coleman (1930) was born in Fort Worth, TX on March 19, 1930. The great music writer Robert Palmer profiled him in this piece Ornette Coleman and the Circle with a Hole in the Middle (Robert Palmer, December 1972, Atlantic Monthly).


Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) first Christian to sneak into Mecca & translator of the Arabian Nights, was born in Devonshire, England, on March 19, 1821. Read Orrin's review of To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971)(Philip Jose Farmer) (Grade: B+)




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