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Cujo (1981) - Stephen King  (Grade:C-)
Washington Square (1880) - Henry James  (Grade:C-)
A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album (2002) - Ashley Kahn  (Grade:B+)
Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross (2000) - Richard John Neuhaus  (Grade:A+)
O Holy Cow! : The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto (1993) - Phil Rizzuto  (Grade:A)
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The Passion () - Mel Gibson  (Grade:B)

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Arlington National Cemetery opened on May 13, 1864, on land previously owned by Robert E. Lee. Stephen spent many days with The Old Guard honoring and burying America's fallen soldiers. Read Gardens of Stone by Nicholas Proffitt, or see the movie (if you listen carefully you can hear Stephen singing cadence during the Vietnam war scene montage.)


Farley Mowatt (1921-), author of the nature classic Never Cry Wolf, was born in Belleville, ONT on May 12, 1921. Here's an interesting article from Salon about his alleged embellishments of his tales.


Edward Lear , illustrator and author of nonsense verse, was born in Halloway, England on May 12, 1812.


Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (1925-) was born in St. Louis, MO on May 12, 1925. Three time MVP, he hit 358 homeruns and appeared in 14 World Series. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.


Camilo Jose Cela (1916-) was born in Spain on May 11, 1916. Read Orrin's review of The Family of Pacual Duarte (1942)(Grade: A-)


Richard McKenna (1913-64) was born in Mountain Home, ID on May 9, 1913. Read Orrin's review of The Sand Pebbles (1962)


Richard Adams was born in Newbury, GB on May 9, 1920. His excellent fantasy Watership Down (1972) made Joe Doggett's Suggested Summer Reading List for Students.


James M Barry (1860-1937), author of the children's classic Peter Pan: the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, was born in Angus, Scotland on May 9, 1860.


Abolitionist John Brown was born in Torrington, CT on May 9, 1800. In October 1859 he led an abortive revolt to free the slaves, taking over the arsenal at Harper's Ferry, VA. Robert E. Lee was sent out to subdue him and Brown was subsequently tried and, after a passionate final speech, was hanged.


Happy Birthday to Jenna Walter (May 8)


Romain Gary (1914-80) was born in Vilnius, Lithuania on May 8, 1914. Read Orrin's review of The Roots of Heaven (1956) (Grade: A+)


Harry S Truman (1884-1972), our most overrated president, was born in Lamar, MO on May 8, 1884. Read Orrin's review of Truman (1992)(David McCullough 1933-) (Grade: B)


Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992) was born in Vienna, Austria on May 8, 1899. Read Orrin's review of The Road to Serfdom (1944)(Grade: A+)


It's the anniversary of V-E DAY, May 8, 1945, "Victory in Europe."


Thomas Pynchon (1937-) was born in Glen Cove, Long Island on May 8, 1937.


Both Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) and Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) were born on May 7. Brahms in Hamburg, Germany in 1833. Tchaikovsky in Votkinsk, Russia in 1840.


Orson Welles was born in Kenosha, WI on May 6, 1915. He was just 26 when his masterpiece Citizen Kane (1941) was released. It is widely acknowledged to be the greatest movie ever made.


Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916) was born on May 5, 1846. Read Orrin's review of Quo Vadis? (1896)(Henryk Sienkiewicz 1846-1916)(translated by W. S. Kuniczak)(Grade: A+)


Graham Swift (1949-) was born in London, ENG on May 4, 1949. Brothers Judd recommends his terrific novel Waterland


David Gutterson (1956-) was born in Seattle, WA on May 4, 1956. Read Orrin's review of Snow Falling on Cedars (1994) (Grade: C-)




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