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Syllabus; Notes from an Accidental Professor.

by Lynda Barry. Drawn and Quarterly. 2014. 200 pp. illustrated. Read this book for the engrossing wild-ride – an illustration style – heavily/heavenly laden with cartoons, hand-written text, constantly varying page formatting and border designs,decoupage, watercolour sketches and exciting typographic ideas. it … Continue reading

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Show and Tell; how everybody can make extraordinary presentations.

by Dan Roam. Penguin/Portfolio. 2014. 260 pp. fully illustrated. A business-oriented book with practical ideas for development of stories and use of pictures and graphics to convey ideas to listeners.  The author differentiates 4 kinds of presentations, namely those designed to: … Continue reading

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Tenth of December. by George Saunders. Random House. 2013.

Wonderful short stories. The kind of book you pick up and read right through – I did. Strange mental musings of ‘Everyman’.  Depictions of our mysterious inner lives. People thrust into highly-charged, weird situations. Places where we stumble and run … Continue reading

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Grant and Sherman; the Friendship that Won the Civil War. Charles B Flood. Harper, 2006.

A highly readable and rich exposition of the development of Union strategy during the American Civil War and how Grant and Sherman rose from near-obscurity and failure to become the major military leaders of that conflict on the Union side. … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Autocrat; the Life of Edwin Stanton. William Marvel. The University of North Carolina Press 2015

I listened to this as a full text talking book on a free library service called “Hoopla” over 20+ hours in June and July.  ) This is a long and impressive biography of a strange and powerful 19c American public … Continue reading

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Story of my People

We come to share his deep concern about the future of his beautiful country and also feel a nobility and honour always present in her people. Continue reading

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Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything ?

How does celebrity culture mislead us and divert us from family and community . Continue reading

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Restarting-retiring

This post is to flag that I am getting back into blogging now that I am retired from full-time work in IT . Some likely coming ‘attractions’ Notes on the more interesting books I come across Images/comments on my Art work, … Continue reading

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Inside The Kingdom; My Life in Saudi Arabia.

 by Carmen bin Laden.   2005. Grand Central Publishing. A Swiss woman of Persian origin, Carmen was married well before 911 to one of the 29 brothers of the infamous UBL. The author tells of a promising marriage gone bad. … Continue reading

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An American Requiem; God, My Father, and the war that came between us. James Carroll. 1996. New York, Houghton-Mifflin.

Another family rent by war. The obedient hero-worshipping son ( the author of the book ) becomes a Catholic Paulist priest essentially to fulfill the wishes of his family while the Vietnam war presses more and more on his and … Continue reading

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