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Hurricane Season: A Coach, His Team, and Their Triumph in the Time of Katrina (2007) - Neal Thompson  (Grade:A)
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Compass marker 01/29/15:


Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was born January 29, 1737.


Romain Rolland (1866-1945) was born in Nievre, on January 29, 1866.


Edward Abbey (1927-1989) was born in Home, PA on January 29, 1927. Read Orrin's review of The Brave Cowboy: an Old Tale in a New Time (1956)(Grade: B+)


Anton Chekov (1860-1904) was born in Taganrog, Crimea, Russia on January 29, 1860. Brothers Judd recommends He and She and Other Stories 1880-82 : The Complete Short Stories of Anton Chekhov (Vol 1) (Anton Chekhov 1860-1904) (translated by Peter Sekirin)


William McKinley (1843-1901) was born in Niles, OH on January 29, 1843.


Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle) (1873-1954) was born in Saint-Saveur-en Puisaye, Burgundy, France on January 28, 1873.


Donna (Donnabelle Mullenger) Reed (1921-86) was born in Denison, IA on January 27, 1921.


Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)(1832-1898), our Grandfather's favorite author, was born in Daresbury, ENG on January 27, 1832. Many of his works are available online, but every library should have his Collected Works.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) was born in Salzburg, Austria on January 27, 1756


Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) was born in Little Rock, AR on January 26, 1880. Brothers Judd recommends William Manchester's bio American Caesar


Paul Newman (1925-) was born in Shaker Heights, OH on January 26, 1925. Brothers Judd particularly recommends: Harper (1966), Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Sting (1973), and The Verdict (1982)


Robert Burns (1759-1796) was born in Alloway, Scotland on January 25, 1759.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was born on January 25, 1874. Read Orrin's reviews of Of Human Bondage (1915) (Grade: F)(#66 on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century) and The Moon and Sixpence (1919) (Grade: C+)


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was born in London, ENG on January 25, 1882. Read Orrin's review of To the Lighthouse (1927)(Grade: F) and A Room of One's Own (1929)(Grade: C+)


Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born in New York, NY on January 24, 1862. See Orrin's reviews of The House of Mirth (1905)(Grade: B+), Ethan Frome (1911) (Grade: A) and The Age of Innocence (1920)(Grade: A)


Hadrian (76-) was born in Seville, Spain on January 24, 76.


Derek Walcott (1930-), 1992 Nobel Prize Laureate, was born in Castries, Saint Lucia on January 23, 1930.


Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (1910-53) was born in Liberchies, Belgium on January 23, 1910. In 1934 he formed the famous quintet the Hot Club of France with violinist Stephane Grappelli. Dryfoos recommends: Django with his American Friends, especially the 4 cuts he made with Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins in the mid-30's. Carter provided the arrangements and some nice work on alto and trumpet; Hawkins has a great solo in each of the tunes. Although Django doesn't solo much on these tracks, his distinctive sound and sense of swing absolutely propel the session.


Edouard Manet (1832-) was born in Paris, FR on January 23, 1832.


Happy Birthday to Mark McCormick (January 22)




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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