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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (1998) - Bill Bryson  (Grade:B+)
One Summer: America, 1927 (2013) - Bill Bryson  (Grade:A)
I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa (2004) - Charles Brandt  (Grade:C+)
Embers [A gyertyák csonkig égnek--The Candles Burn Down to Stubs] (1942) - Sandor Marai  (Grade:A+)
Hombre (1961) - Elmore Leonard  (Grade:A+)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003) - J. K. Rowling  (Grade:A)
Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights (2017) - Steven Levingston  (Grade:B)
Never Let Me Go (2005) - Kazuo Ishiguro  (Grade:A)
Past Master (1968) - R. A. Lafferty  (Grade:B)
How to Live on Mars: A Trusty Guidebook to Surviving and Thriving on the Red Planet (2008) - Robert Zubrin  (Grade:B+)
Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir (1997) - Doris Kearns Goodwin  (Grade:B+)
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The Apostle (1997) - Robert Duvall  (Grade:A)

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Compass marker 03/05/21:


In addition to being the Birthday of the Father of the Brothers Judd, March 5th is also the anniversary of the Boston Massacre in 1770. Crispus Attucks, one of the victims, became one of America's first Black heroes.


Henry II (1133-), first Plantagenet king of England, was born in France on March 5, 1133. His wife was Eleanor of Aquitaine. Brothers Judd recommends the terrific film, The Lion in Winter.


Howard Pyle (1853-) was born in Wilmington, DE on March 5, 1853.


Frank Norris (1870-) was born in Chicago, IL on March 5, 1870.


Johann Wyss was born March 4, 1782. Read Orrin's review of Swiss Family Robinson


Alan Sillitoe (1928-) was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire on March 4, 1928. Read Orrin's review of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1959) (Grade: C)


Tom Wolfe (1931-) was born in Richmond, VA on March 2, 1931. Read Orrin's reviews of The Painted Word (1975) & From Bauhaus to Our House (1981)(Grade: A+), The Right Stuff (1979)(Grade: A+), Ambush at Fort Bragg (1997)


Tom Wolfe (1931-) was born in Richmond, VA on March 2, 1931. Read Orrin's reviews of The Painted Word (1975) & From Bauhaus to Our House (1981)(Grade: A+), The Right Stuff (1979)(Grade: A+), Ambush at Fort Bragg (1997) (Grade: A), A Man In Full (1998)(Grade: A-)


John Irving (1942-) was born in Exeter, NH on March 2, 1942. Read Orrin's review of A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) (Grade: C)


Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) (1904-91) was born in Springfield, MA on March 2, 1904. Read Orrin's review of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957) (Grade: A-)


Kurt Weill (1900-50) was born in Dessau, GER on March 2, 1900. His best known work "The Threepenny Opera" (1928) was based on John Gay's The Beggars Opera (read Orrin's review). And, of course, Bobby Darin's hit "Mack the Knife" was based on one of the songs from Threepenny.


Jim Crace (1946-) was born in Hertfordshire, England on March 1, 1946. Read Orrin's review of Quarantine (1997).


William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was born in Martins Ferry, OH on March 1, 1837. Read Orrin's review of The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) (Grade: B+)


Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914-94) was born in Oklahoma City, OK on March 1, 1914. Read Orrin's review of Invisible Man (1952)(Grade: C)(#19 on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century)


Frederic Chopin (1810-49) was born in Zelazowa Wola, Poland on March 1, 1810.


Michel de Montaigne (1533-92), famous for his essays, was born at Château de Montaigne, near Bordeaux, France on February 28, 1533.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was born in Portland, ME on February 27, 1807.


John Steinbeck (1902-68), 1962 Nobel Laureate, was born in Salinas, CA on February 27, 1902. Read Orrin's reviews of Of Mice and Men (1937)(Grade: A+), The Grapes of Wrath (1939)(Grade: A-)(#10 on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century) and The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)(Grade: B)


James Thomas Farrell (1904-79) was born in Chicago, IL on February 27, 1912. Read Orrin's review of Studs Lonigan (1932-35) (Grade: D) (#29 on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century)


Lawrence Durrell (1912-90) was born in Jullundur, India on February 27, 1912. Read Orrin's review of The Alexandria Quartet (1957-60) (Grade: F)(#70 on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century)




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