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Book Review: Console Wars by Blake J. Harris

Book Review: Console Wars by Blake J. Harris

Title: Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation Author: Blake J. Harris Publisher: It Books Hardcover: 576 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from the Book Depository! Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. In 1990, Nintendo had a…

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Book Review: My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson

Book Review: My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson

Title: My Bridges of Hope Author: Livia Bitton-Jackson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Paperback: 378 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In 1945, after surviving a harrowing year in Auschwitz, fourteen-year-old Elli returns, along with her mother and brother, to the family home, now part of Slovakia, where they try to find a way to rebuild their shattered lives. Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 I went into this book not really knowing what to expect — I’m not sure how it ended…

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Book Review: A Spy Called James by Anne F. Rockwell

Book Review: A Spy Called James by Anne F. Rockwell

Title: A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent Author: Anne F. Rockwell Illustrator: Floyd Cooper Publisher: Carolrhoda Books Hardcover: 32 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Told for the first time in picture book form is the true story of James Armistead Lafayette, a slave who spied for George Washington’s army during the American Revolution, and whose personal fight for freedom began with America’s liberation. * I received a free copy of…

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Book Review: The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee

Book Review: The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee

Title: The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art Author: Sebastian Smee Publisher: Random House Hardcover: 416 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, and Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights. Rivalry is at the heart of some of the most famous and fruitful relationships in…

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Book Review: My Father and Atticus Finch by Joseph Madison Beck

Book Review: My Father and Atticus Finch by Joseph Madison Beck

Title: My Father and Atticus Finch Author: Joseph Madison Beck Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company Hardcover: 240 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) As a child, Joseph Beck heard the stories—when other lawyers came up with excuses, his father courageously defended a black man charged with raping a white woman. Now a lawyer himself, Beck reconstructs his father’s role in State of Alabama vs. Charles White, Alias, a trial that was much publicized when Harper Lee was twelve years old. On the day…

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Book Review: The Erotic Poems by Ovid, tranlsated by Peter Green

Book Review: The Erotic Poems by Ovid, tranlsated by Peter Green

Title: The Erotic Poems Author: Ovid Translator: Peter Green Publisher: Penguin Classics Paperback: 464 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) This collection of Ovid’s poems deals with the whole spectrum of sexual desire, ranging from deeply emotional declarations of eternal devotion to flippant arguments for promiscuity. In the “Amores”, Ovid addresses himself in a series of elegies to Corinna, his beautiful, elusive mistress. The intimate and vulnerable nature of the poet revealed in these early poems vanishes in the…

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Audiobook Review: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial by Peter Goodchild

Audiobook Review: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial by Peter Goodchild

Title: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial Author: Peter Goodchild Publisher: LA Theatre Works Running Time: 1 h 55 min Source: Audiobook Sync Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The Scopes Trial, over the right to teach evolution in public schools, reaffirmed the importance of intellectual freedom as codified in the Bill of Rights. The trial, in a small-town Tennessee courtroom in 1925, set the stage for ongoing debates over the separation of Church and State in a democratic society – debates that…

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