Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) - Robert Louis Stevenson (Grade:A)
Hillbilly Elegy (2016) - J. D. Vance (Grade:B)
The Gods Will Have Blood [Les dieux ont soif] (1912) - Anatole France (Grade:C+)
Journey into Fear (1940) - Eric Ambler (Grade:B+)
The Chinaman (1939) - Friedrich Glauser (Grade:B+)
Nietzsche: Life as Literature (1985) - Alexander Nehamas (Grade:A-)
The Circle (2013) - Dave Eggers (Grade:C)
Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide (2016) - Charles Foster (Grade:B+)
Game 6 (2005) - Michael Hoffman (Grade:B-)
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Rembrandt Harmensz (or Harmenszoon) van Rijn (1606-1669) was born in Leiden, The Netherlands on July 15, 1606.
The Virginian : A Horseman Of The Plains (1902)(Owen Wister 1860-1938) Owen Wister (1860-1938) was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 14, 1860
July 14 is Bastille Day, comemorating the 1789 storming of the hated French prison wherein seven feeble maniacs were set free. Read Orrin's review of The Old Regime and the French Revolution (1856)(Alexis De Tocqueville 1805-59)(Grade: B+)
The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness (1999)(Wole Soyinka 1934-) Mr. Soyinka, who was born on July 13, 1934, at Abeokuta near Ibadan in the British colony of Nigeria.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) was born in Concord, MA on July 12, 1817. One of the leaders of the American Transcendentalists movement, his two greatest works are Waldenand Civil Disobedience. He once actually said: Simplify, simplify.
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was born in Milton, MA on July 12, 1895. His most memorable creation was the geodesic dome "a system of interlocking triangles that enclosed the maximum volume of space with the minimum of materials."
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) was born in Auteuil, FR on July 10, 1871.
Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. (1943-93) was born in Richmond, VA on July 10, 1943. Read Orrin's reviews of Days of Grace: A Memoir (1993)(Arthur Ashe 1943-1993 and Arnold Rampersad) (Grade: B) and Levels of the Game (1969)(John McPhee 1931-) (Grade: A)
Alec Waugh (1898-1981) was born in Hampstead, ENG on July 8, 1898.
John Paul Jones (1747-92) was born in Arbigland, Kirkbean, Kirkcudbright, Scotland on July 6, 1747. He is best remembered for the immortal line: I have not yet begun to fight!
Nancy Davis Reagan (1923-) was born in New York, NY on July 6, 1923. Our prayers are with her as she nurses the great man down the home stretch.
David Farragut (1801-70) was born near Knoxville, TN on July 5, 1801. He is best remembered for the cry: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902) was born on July 5, 1853. Not everyone gets a country named after them.
Phineas T. Barnum (1810-91), the world's greatest showman, was born in Bethel, CT on July 5, 1810.
In a divine irony, both John Adams (1735-1826) and Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826. Read Orrin's reviews of American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (1997)(Pauline Maier) (Grade: B-) and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (1996)(Joseph J. Ellis) (Grade: A-)
If two New Hampshire men aren't a match for the Devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians.
-Stephen Vincent Benet (1898-1943), The Devil and Daniel Webster
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