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How to Live on Mars: A Trusty Guidebook to Surviving and Thriving on the Red Planet (2008) - Robert Zubrin  (Grade:B+)
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1936) - Stephen Vincent Benet  (Grade:A)
Winnetou (1893) - Karl May  (Grade:B+)

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

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Rex Stout (1896-1975) was born in Noblesville, IN on December 1, 1896 Read Orrin's review of Fer-de-Lance: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (1934)(Grade: A)

Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910) was born in Florida, MO on November 30, 1835. Read Orrin's review of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) (Grade: A-)

Jacques Barzun (1907-) was born on November 30, 1907. Read Orrin's review of The Culture We Deserve (1989)(Grade : A)

Michael Beschloss (1955-) was born in Chicago, IL on November 30, 1955. Read Orrin's review of Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair (1986)(Grade: A)

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was born in Belfast, Ireland on November 29, 1898. Read Orrin's review of The Screwtape Letters (1943) (Grade: A+)

Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time (1962) and Two-Part Invention : The Story of a Marriage (1988), was born November 29, 1918 in New York, N.Y.

William Blake, born in London (1757)

James Agee (1909-55) was born in Knoxville, TN on November 27, 1909. Read Orrin's review of A Death in the Family (1957)(Grade: C)

Bruce Lee (Lee Yuen Kam)(1940-73) was born in San Francisco, CA on November 27, 1940. Brothers Judd recommends the excellent biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

Gerald Seymour (1941-) was born on November 25, 1941. Read Orrin's review ofArchangel (1982) (Grade: A+)

Harry Stein (1948-) was born in New York, NY on November 25, 1948. Read Orrin's reviews of How I Accidentally Joined the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (and Found Inner Peace) (2000)(Grade: A-) and Hoopla (1983)(Grade: B+)

Carlo Collodi (1826-90) was born in Florence, Italy on November 24, 1826. Read Orrin's review of Pinocchio (1940)

William F. Buckley (1925-) was born in New York, NY on November 24, 1925. Read Orrin's review of The Unmaking of a Mayor (1966)(Grade: A+)

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester, ENG on November 24, 1849. Read Orrin's review of her classic, The Secret Garden (1911)

Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was born in Hillsborough (now Hillsboro), NH on November 23, 1804. Despite being a favorite son, even Granite Staters acknowledge that he was one of our worst presidents.

George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans](1819-1880) was born in Warwickshire, ENG on November 22, 1819. Read Orrin's review of Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1861) (Grade: A)

Coleman Hawkins (1904-69) was born in St. Joseph, MO on November 21, 1904. Glenn Dryfoos (Brothers Judd's Jazz Expert) writes : Coleman Hawkins was the first, and perhaps greatest, tenor saxophonist. World famous by the early 30's, his 1939 recording of "Body and Soul" is universally considered to be one of the finest examples of musical improvisation ever recorded. Check out this recording on the Victor Jazz label.

On November 21, 1620, the Pilgrims aboard Mayflower landed at modern day Provincetown. The ship carried 102 passengers and had been at sea for 65 days. During their passage they crafted one of the seminal political documents in human history, The Mayflower Compact.

Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) (1694-1778) was born in Paris, FR on November 21, 1694. Brothers Judd recommends his great philosophical satire Candide (1759).

James A. Garfield (1831-81) was born in Orange, OH on November 19, 1831.

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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