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A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age (2017) - Jimmy Soni  (Grade:A)
The Duke's Children (1879) - Anthony Trollope  (Grade:B+)
The Golden Warrior: the Story of Harold and William (1949) - Hope Muntz  (Grade:A+)
The Handmaid's Tale (1986) - Margaret Atwood  (Grade:C+)
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Margaret Atwood (1939-) was born in Ottawa, Canada on November 18, 1939. Read Orrin's review of The Handmaid's Tale (1986)(Grade: C+)


W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) was born in London, ENG on November 18, 1836. Brothers Judd recommends the recent biopic Topsy Turvy (1999).


Jose Saramago, author of The Stone Raft (1986), was born November 16, 1922


Chinua Achebe (1930-) was born in Ogidi, Nigeria on November 16, 1930. Read Orrin's reviews of Things Fall Apart (1958) (Grade: A+) and No Longer at Ease (1960) (Grade: A)


William E. [Edmund] Barrett (1900-86) was born in New York, NY on November 16, 1900.Read Orrin's review of The Lillies of the Field (1962)


J. G. [James Graham] Ballard (1930-) was born in Shanghai, China on November 15, 1930. Read Orrin's review of Empire of the Sun (1984)


Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was born in Kirkwood, MO on November 15, 1887. In 1952 she won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for her Collected Poems. She was famously a big baseball fan and particularly loved Christy Mathewson.


Claude Monet (1840-1926) was born in Paris, FR on November 14, 1840.


P. J. O'Rourke (1947-) was born in Toledo, OH on November 14, 1947. Read Orrin's review of Parliament of Whores : A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government (1991) (Grade: A)


George V. Higgins (1939-99) was born in Brockton, MA on November 13, 1939. Read Orrin's review of The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1971)(Grade: A)


C. Vann Woodward (1908-) was born in Vanndale, AR on November 13, 1908. Read Orrin's review of The Strange Career of Jim Crow (1955)(Grade: B)(#70 on the Modern Library Top 100 Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century)


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 13, 1850. Read Orrin's review of Treasure Island (1881)


Tracy Kidder (1945-) was born in New York, NY on November 12, 1945. Read Orrin's review of House (1985) (Grade: B)


Roy Jenkins (1920-2003) was born in Abersychan, Wales on November 11, 1920. Read Orrin's review of Churchill: A Biography (2001)


Carlos Fuentes (1928-) was born in Mexico City, MX on November 11, 1928. Read Orrin's review of The Old Gringo (1985)(Grade: C+)


Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., (1922-) was born in Indianapolis, IN on November 11, 1922. Read Orrin's review of Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)(Grade: C)


Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was born on November 11, 1821. Read Orrin's review of Crime and Punishment (1866) (Grade: C)


Howard Fast (1914-) was born on November 11, 1914. Read Orrin's review of Spartacus (1951)


John Phillips Marquand (1893-1960) was born in Wilmington, DE on November 10, 1893. Read Orrin's review of his Pulitzer Prize winner The Late George Apley: a Novel in the Form of a Memoir (1937)(Grade: B)


Martin Luther, born in Eisleben [ICE-lay-ben], Saxony (1483). He was 33 when, "for the purpose of eliciting truth," he tacked his 95 thesesóor propositionsóonto the door of Wittenberg's castle church (October 31, 1517).




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