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The Martian (2011) - Andy Weir  (Grade:A)
Shop Class as Soulcraft : An Inquiry into the Value of Work (2009) - Matthew B. Crawford  (Grade:A)
Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I (2014) - Charles Spencer  (Grade:A+)
The Tehran Conviction (2010) - Tom Gabbay  (Grade:B+)
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Milton Friedman (1912-) was born in New York, NY on July 31, 1912. Author of such pivotal free market texts as A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960 with Anna J. Schwartz (1963), Capitalism and Freedom (1964) and Free to Choose (1981) , he won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1976.


Emily Bronte (1818-48) was born in Yorkshire, ENG on July 30, 1818.


Archer Mayor (1950-), author of the Vermont based Joe Gunther mystery series, was born in Mount Kisco, NY on July 30, 1950.


Edwin O'Connor (1918-68) was born in Providence, RI on July 29, 1918.  Read Orrin's review of  The Last Hurrah (1956)   (Grade: A+)


Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) was born in Indianapolis, IN on July 29, 1869.  Read Orrin's review of  The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) (Grade: A)


Chester Himes (1909-84), creator of Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, was born in Jefferson City, MO on July 29, 1909. Read Orrin's review of The Crazy Kill (1959) (Grade: B)


Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-59) was born in Paris, FR on July 29, 1805. Read Orrin's review of The Old Regime and the French Revolution (1856)(Grade: B+)


Kenneth Fearing (1902-61) was born in Oak Park, IL on July 28, 1902.  Read Orrin's review of  The Big Clock (1946)  (Grade: A)


Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902), was born outside of London, ENG on July 28, 1866


Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-88) was born in Essex, ENG on July 28, 1844.


Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) was born in Geneva, Switzerland on June 28, 1712. Read our comments on The Social Contract.

Joseph Mitchell  (1908-96) was born in Iona, NC on July 27, 1908.  He worked at The New Yorker for thirty years, despite having writers block for most of his later life.  Read Orrin's review of  Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories (1992) (Grade: A+)


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)  was born in Surrey, England on July 26, 1894.   Read Orrin's review of  Brave New World  (1932)(Grade: A)


Stanley Kubrick  (1928-1999) was born in the Bronx, NY on July 26, 1928.  Brothers Judd  recommends checking out his earlier movies The Killing (1956), Paths of Glory (1957) and Spartacus (1960)


Jean Shepherd (1929-99)  was born in Hammond, IN on July 26, 1929.   Read Orrin's review of  In God We Trust : All Others Pay Cash  (1966) (Grade: A)


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dubline, IRE on July 26, 1856.  Read Orrin's review of  Pygmalion (1912)


Eric Hoffer (1902-83) was born in New York, NY on July 25, 1902. Read Orrin's review of The True Believer : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (1951)


Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) was born on July 25, 1844. One of America's greatest artists, he is famous for his paintings of atheletes.


The Three Musketeers (1844) (Alexandre Dumas 1802-1870) Alexandre Dumas (pere) (1802-1870) was born in Villers-Cotterêts,Aisne, France on July 24, 1802.


Lynda Carter (1951-) was born in Phoenix, AZ on July 24, 1951. Boys our age experienced many a restless evening thanks to her star-spangled bustier and golden lasso on Wonder Woman.




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