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Red Mosquito
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History
"Your birthday is April 15th, that's the day the Titanic sank," my mother told me.  I don't know how old I was at the time, but there's a chance it was the day I was born.  I'm not kidding. My parents loved history - they met working for a newspaper and lat...

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Hope
I skipped the second debate.  Instead I changed the channel to TCM to watch Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman .  And maybe that makes me a coward, but the negativity and hate and lack of respect in this election process has made part of my brain shut down.  So...

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Families
Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable - say that out loud and I dare you not to smile.  On the cover, a photo of two cute boys who look so much alike they must be brothers.  One has his arm draped over his brother's shoulder and the younger boy is wearing (duh) ...

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So You Want to Read About Eugenics?
Sometimes it would be easier if we only read fiction.  Happy fiction, books that take us to a place where we don't have to think.  We can fly, be kings or princesses, fall in love overnight. Fluff.  Lots and lots of fluff. Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, Amer...

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When a Book Moves You
Moves you isn't exactly right.  When a book blows your mind.  Blows your head off.  Makes you cry, makes you want to start reading it again from the beginning.  When you want to buy copies for your friends and say, "Read this, read this right now, what are ...

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Reading a (Mostly) Good Book About a Bad (But Talented) Person
Frank Sinatra wasn't Joseph Stalin bad.  But he was a jerk.  An awful guy.  Insanely arrogant, he treated women horribly - actually he treated everybody pretty badly.  He was a bully, he slept with possibly thousands of women - he married Mia Farrow when he...

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A Dot Ham
In 2004 I bought Alexander Hamilton , the biography by Ron Chernow.  It's a massive book, with 700-plus pages of text and I couldn't wait to read it.  Except - boy, it looked... massive.  So it sat on the shelf.  And sat.  How interesting could the book be?...

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Christmas Gift Ideas... and Endings
I have always been a fan of Robert Harris.   Fatherland (what if Hitler had won the war) is a novel I go back to and read again and again.   Hitler Diaries is also terrific - a nonfiction look at the famous Hitler Diaries - that turned out not to be written...

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So You Don't Want to Sleep Tonight?
While reading Ted Koppel's new non-fiction book, Lights Out , he mentions a novel I'd never heard about, One Second After , by Willam R. Forstchen.  Ted Koppel's book is scary - what would happen to the U.S. in the case of a cyberattack that knocks out our ...

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Another Difficult Book
I don't know what made me order KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann.  Probably a good review and my love of history and interest in World War II.  In high school I remember trying to read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich ...
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