My hometown of Windber, Pennsylvania has a public library the likes of which most towns of similarly modest size could only envy. It’s a first-rate institution, located in what Windberites of a certain age will remember as East End Elementary School (which I attended eons ago). Very well-equipped (especially for a smalltown operation), it provides an […]Read more "Windber Library Needs Help!"
The Macedonian by Nicholas Guild (Historical Novel, December 2017). Whether dealing with historical fiction or straight historical fact, Alexander the Great is definitely the most prominent name that comes up regarding Macedonia. But Nicholas Guild, who has written a number of best-selling novels set in ancient times, tells a fictionalized version of Alexander’s father, the embattled […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Macedonian"
Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (Biography, October 2017). One of the most accomplished and successful of biographers, Walter Issacson shows a particular interest in the lives of world-changing innovators. His mammoth account of the life, works and times of the man who produced art the likes of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, not to mention his […]Read more "REVIEWED: Leonardo Da Vinci"
To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear (Histotical Mystery Novel, 2018). There seems an almost endless number of crime-solving novel series. This, I’m informed, is the 14th book about psychologist/investigator Maisie Dobbs—yet it’s also my first exposure to her, the people around her and the various cases she takes on. Some basics: The series is set […]Read more "REVIEWED: To Die But Once"
Searching for the Amazons by John Man (History versus Myth, February 2018). Historian John Man specializes in topics related to Asia. In addition to being thorough and doing excellemt research, he is also a skilled writer, making the past come alive. For instance, last year’s excellent biography of Saladin, which I reviewed in an earlier blog […]Read more "REVIEWED: Searching for the Amazons"