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Out of the Park Baseball 17 (2017) - Out of the Park Baseball 17  (Grade:A+)
The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State (2015) - William McCants  (Grade:A)
The Curve (2016) - Cameron Stracher  (Grade:A+)
Graveyard Clay: Cré na Cille (1949) - Máirtín Ó Cadhain  (Grade:B+)
The Curve (2016) - Jeremy Blachman  (Grade:A+)
The House of Daniel: A novel of miracles, magic, and minor league ball (2016) - Harry Turtledove  (Grade:A-)
The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1785) - George Cruikshank  (Grade:B+)
The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain (2016) - Dario Fernandez-Morera  (Grade:A)
The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1785) - Rudolph Erich Raspe  (Grade:B+)
How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower (2009) - Adrian Goldsworthy  (Grade:A)
A Voyage Around My Room (1795) - Xavier de Maistre  (Grade:B+)
Out Stealing Horses (2003) - Per Petterson  (Grade:A+)
Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex (2015) - Michael Hitzlik  (Grade:A)
How the West Won : The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity (2014) - Rodney Stark  (Grade:A+)
The Tatra Eagle (2012) - J. Victor Tomaszek  (Grade:A)
Rock Crystal (1845) - Adalbert Stifter  (Grade:A+)
Cato: A Tragedy (1713) - Joseph Addison  (Grade:A+)
Canaan (1996) - Geoffrey Hill  (Grade:A-)
The Spirit of St. Louis (1953) - Charles A. Lindbergh  (Grade:A+)

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Stanley Kubrick  (Grade:A-)

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Compass marker 10/28/16:

Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) was born on in London, England on October 28, 1903. Read Orrin's reviews of A Handful of Dust (1934)(Grade: B) Scoop (1937)(Grade: B+), Brideshead Revisited (1945)(Grade: C) and The Loved One (1948) (Grade: A)

Dylan Thomas (1914-53) was born in Swansea, Wales on October 27, 1914. He is best remembered for his poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and A Child's Christmas in Wales (1955) (Grade: A)

Sylvia Plath (1932-63) was born in Boston, MA on October 27, 1932. Brothers Judd recommends her book The Bell Jar (1963), bad reviews for which were supposedly the proximate cause of her decision to kill herself.

Francis Fukuyama (1952-) was born in Chicago, IL on October 27, 1952. Read Orrin's review ofThe End of History and the Last Man (1992) (Grade: A+)

Pat Conroy, born in Atlanta on October 26, 1945

Beryl Markham (1902-1986) was born in Melton Mowbray, England on October 26, 1902. Read Orrin's review of her extraordinary memoirWest With the Night (1941) (Grade: A+)

Anne Tyler (1941-) was born in Minneapolis on October 25, 1941. Read Orrin's review of Breathing Lessons (1988)(Grade: C)

Al Jolson (Asa Yoelson)(1888-1950) was born in Russia on October 23, 1888. Brothers Judd recommends the movie The Jolson Story (1946) and the album On Broadway

Doris Lessing (1919-) was born in Iran on October 22, 1919. Read Orrin's review of The Golden Notebook (1962)(Grade: F).

Benjamin Netanyahu (1949 - ). Born in Tel Aviv on October 21, 1949. Read Orrin's review of Fighting Terrorism : How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorists.

Ursula K. LeGuin (1929-) was born in Berkeley, CA on October 21, 1929. Read Orrin's review of The Lathe of Heaven (1971)(Grade: A)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was born in Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire, England on October 21, 1722. Check out an online version of his Lyrical Ballads (1798)

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917-93) was born in Cheraw, S.C. on October 21, 1917. Glenn Dryfoos recommends Sonny Side Up (great bop, featuring the 2 tenor titans, Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt); Things to Come (showing off Dizzy's great Big Band); Jazz at Massey Hall (with Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Charles Mingus and Bud Powell...the greatest collection of bebop talent ever on one stage)

Robert Pinsky (1940-) was born in Long Branch, NJ on October 20, 1940. As Poet Laureate, he has worked on the Favorite Poem Project, visit the site and add yours. Read Orrin's review of his translation ofThe Inferno (1314)(translation 1994)(Dante Alighieri 1265-1321) (translated by Robert Pinsky 1940-) (Grade: A+)

Daniel Nathan (1905-?) was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 20, 1905. Together with his cousin, Manford Lepofsky, he wrote the Ellery Queen mystery series. Read Orrin's review of There Was an Old Woman (1943)(Grade: B)

David John Moore Cornwell Born in Poole, Dorset, October 19, 1931. Read Orrin's review of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1963)(John LeCarré [David Cornwell] 1931-)

Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was born in Flushing, NY on October 19, 1895. Read Orrin's review of The City in History (1961)(#76 on the Modern Library Top 100 Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century)

H.L. Davis, born in Yoncalla, Oregon, October 18, 1896. Davis worked as a cowboy, typesetter, and surveyor before his poems started getting published. H.L. Mencken was one of his early fans and encouraged him to try his hand at fiction. Davis went to Mexico in the early '30s and wrote his novel Honey in the Horn there, which won the 1936 Pulitzer Prize.

Wynton Marsalis (1961-) was born in New Orleans, LA on October 18, 1961.

Nathanael West (1902-40) was born in New York, NY on October 17, 1902. Read Orrin's reviews of The Day of the Locust (1939)(Grade: C-)(#73 on the Modern Library Top 100) & Miss Lonelyhearts (1933)(Grade: B)

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