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Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed (2014) - Jason L. Riley  (Grade:B-)
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The Sorrow of War (1991) - Bao Ninh  (Grade:C)
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Hank Williams (1923-53) was born in Georgiana, AL on September 16, 1923. Brothers Judd recommends the biography Your Cheatin' Heart : A Biography of Hank Williams (Chet Flippo) and the album, Forty Greatest Hits of Hank Williams.


John Gay (1685-1732) was born on September 16, 1685. Read Orrin's review of The Beggar's Opera (1728)(Grade: A)


Francis Parkman (1823-1893) America's greatest Historian, was born on September 16, 1823. Read Orrin's review of The Oregon Trail (1847) (Grade: A+)


William Howard Taft (1857-1930), 27th President of the United States, was born in Cincinnati, OH on September 15, 1857.


Bernard MacLaverty (1942-) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 14, 1942. Brothers Judd recommends his novel Cal (1983) which was adapted into a very good movie version (1984) starring Helen Mirren.


General John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (1860-1948) was born in Linn County, MN on September 13, 1860.


Bill Monroe (1911-96) was born in Rosine, KY on September 13, 1911. He created the music genre that is named for his band The Blue Grass Boys. Brothers Judd recommends The Music Of Bill Monroe 1936-1994


Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) was born in Camden, OH on September 13, 1876. Read Orrin's review of Winesburg, Ohio (1919)(Grade: C-)


Roald Dahl (1916-90) was born in Llandaff, Wales on September 13, 1916. He is best known for his children's books; read Orrin's review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)(Grade: A)


Claudette Colbert (1903-1996) was born in Paris, FR on September 13, 1903. Brothers Judd recommends her appearance Frank Capra's classic It Happened One Night (1934).


David Herbert "DH" Lawrence (1885-1930) was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, ENG on September 11, 1885. He did as much damage to Anglo-American Literature as anyone this side of Joyce, Freud and Darwin. Read Orrin's review of Sons and Lovers (1913)(Grade: D).


O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910) was born in Greensboro, NC on September 11, 1862. Read Orrin's review of The Gift of the Magi (Grade: A+)


Stephen Jay Gould was born in New York, NY on September 10, 1941. Read Orrin's review of The Mismeasure of Man (1981)


James Hilton (1900-1954) was born in Lancashire, ENG on September 9, 1900. Read Orrin's review of Good-Bye, Mr. Chips (1934)(Grade: A+) and Lost Horizon (1933)(Grade: A)


Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born in Tula Province, Russia on September 9, 1828. Read his Confession online.


William Bligh (1754-1817) was born on September 9, 1754. See Orrin's review of Mr. Bligh's Bad Language: Passion, Power, and Theatre on the Bounty (1992)(Greg Dening) (Grade: A-)


Otis Redding (1941-67) was born in Dawson, GA on September 9, 1941. Brothers Judd recommends Dreams To Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology


The great adventurer and travel writer, Richard Halliburton (1900-39), was born in Memphis, TN on January 9, 1900. We particularly recommend his book, The Glorious Adventure (1927), in which he recreated the travels of Ulysses. I read it twenty years ago and still recall how exciting it was when he swam the Hellespont.

Ann Beattie (1947-) was born in Washington, D.C., on September 8, 1947. Read Orrin's review of Love Always (1985)(Grade: A)


Sid Caesar (1922-) was born in Yonkers, NY on September 8, 1922. Brothers Judd recommends his fine autobiography, Where Have I Been?




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