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The Volga Rises in Europe (1951) - Curzio Malaparte  (Grade:C+)
The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds (2006) - Gavin Pretor-Pinney  (Grade:A+)
Death in Pont-Aven : A Case for Commissaire Dupin (2012) - Jean-Luc Bannalec  (Grade:A)
Last Seen Wearing (1952) - Hillary Baldwin Waugh  (Grade:A+)
The Godfather (1969) - Mario Gianluigi Puzo  (Grade:B+)
Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture (2009) - Malcolm Millais  (Grade:A+)
Fields of Force: Fischer and Spassky at Reykjavik (1974) - George Steiner  (Grade:B)
True Grit (1968) - Charles Portis  (Grade:A+)

The Apostle (1997) - Robert Duvall  (Grade:A)

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Compass marker 02/24/20:

Wilhelm Karl Grimm (1786-) was born in Hanau, Germany on February 24, 1786.

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was born in Boston, MA on February 24, 1836.

John Peter "Honus" Wagner (1874-1955) was born in Mansfield (Carnegie), PA on February 24, 1874.

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was born in Halle, Germany on February 23, 1685.

W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963) was born in Barrington, MA on February 23, 1868. Brothers Judd recommends The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was born in in Chicago, IL on February 23, 1875. Read Orrin's review of Tarzan of the Apes (1912)(Grade: A+)

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), famed Diarist, was born in London, ENG on February 23, 1633.

George Washington (1732-99) was born in Bridge's Creek, Westmoreland County, VA on February 22, 1732. Read Orrin's review of Rules of Civility: The 110 Precepts That Guided Our First President in War and Peace (1997)(George Washington 1732-1799)(edited and with notes by Richard Brookhiser) (Grade: A)

W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-73) was born in Yorkshire, ENG on February 21, 1907.

Richard Matheson (1926-) was born in Allendale, NJ on February 20, 1926. Read Orrin's review of I Am Legend (1954) (Richard Matheson 1926-).

Pierre Boulle (1912-1994) was born in Avignon, France on February 20, 1912. Read Orrin's review of The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952)(Grade: A+) and Planet of the Apes (1963)(Pierre Boulle 1912-1994)(translated by Xan Fielding)(Grade: A)

Ansel Adams (1902-84) was born in San Francisco, CA on February 20, 1902.

Anais Nin (1903-77) was born in Neuilly, France on February 20, 1903.

Carson McCullers (1917-67) was born in Columbus, GA on February 19, 1917. Read Orrin's review of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)(Grade: D)(#17 on the Modern Library List of the Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century)

Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) was born in Torun, Poland on February 19, 1473

Wallace Stegner (1909-93) was born on February 18, 1909. Read Orrin's review of Angle of Repose (1971)(Grade: C)

Toni Morrison [Chloe Anthony Woodford] (1931-) was born in Lorain, OH on February 18, 1931. Read Orrin's review of Beloved (1987)(Grade: F)

Chaim Potok (1929-) was born in New York, NY on February 17, 1929. Read Orrin's review of The Chosen (1967)

Henry Brook Adams (1838-1919) was born in Boston, MA on February 16, 1838. Read Orrin's review of Democracy: An American Novel (1880)

Richard Ford (1944-) was born in Jackson, MS on February 16, 1944. Read Orrin's review of The Sportswriter (1986)(Grade: C)

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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