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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (1985) - Cormac McCarthy  (Grade:B)
Baseball (Poem) (1978) - Gail Mazur  (Grade:A+)
Moonshine: : A Life in Pursuit of White Liquor () - Alec Wilkinson  (Grade:A-)
A Bush League Hero (story) (1911 (?)) - Edna Ferber  (Grade:A+)
The Order of the Day (2017) - Eric Vuillard  (Grade:B)
Cathedral (1981) - Raymond Carver  (Grade:A)
The Swimmer (1964) - John Cheever  (Grade:B-)
Train (2012) - Alice Munro  (Grade:A)
The Monkey's Paw (1902) - W. W. Jacobs  (Grade:B+)
Black Betty (1994) - Walter Mosley  (Grade:A-)
Call for the Dead (1961) - John Le Carré  (Grade:B+)
The Footbridge (2021) - Daniel Rattelle  (Grade:A+)
Indemnity Only (1982) - Sara Paretsky  (Grade:B-)
America’s Philosopher: John Locke in American Intellectual Life (2022) - Claire Rydell Arcenas  (Grade:A)

The Man Who Would Be King (1975) - John Huston  (Grade:A)
Metropolitian (1990) - Whit Stillman  (Grade:A+)

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Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) was born in Concord, MA on July 12, 1817. One of the leaders of the American Transcendentalists movement, his two greatest works are Waldenand Civil Disobedience. He once actually said: Simplify, simplify.

R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was born in Milton, MA on July 12, 1895. His most memorable creation was the geodesic dome "a system of interlocking triangles that enclosed the maximum volume of space with the minimum of materials."

Marcel Proust (1871-1922) was born in Auteuil, FR on July 10, 1871.

John Calvin (1509-64) was born in Noyon, France, on July 10, 1509. His religious views are presented in The Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536)

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was born in Lowell, MA on July 10, 1834. There's a nce selection of his work online at Art Masterpieces

Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. (1943-93) was born in Richmond, VA on July 10, 1943. Read Orrin's reviews of Days of Grace: A Memoir (1993)(Arthur Ashe 1943-1993 and Arnold Rampersad) (Grade: B) and Levels of the Game (1969)(John McPhee 1931-) (Grade: A)

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) was born in Chicago, IL on July 10, 1867. Read our review of Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War (1898).

Alec Waugh (1898-1981) was born in Hampstead, ENG on July 8, 1898.

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (1906?-1982) was theoretically born in Mobile, AL on July 7, 1906. A Negro League legend, he pitched effectively in the Major Leagues in his late 40's & even in his 50's.

John Paul Jones (1747-92) was born in Arbigland, Kirkbean, Kirkcudbright, Scotland on July 6, 1747. He is best remembered for the immortal line: I have not yet begun to fight!

Nancy Davis Reagan (1923-) was born in New York, NY on July 6, 1923. Our prayers are with her as she nurses the great man down the home stretch.

David Farragut (1801-70) was born near Knoxville, TN on July 5, 1801. He is best remembered for the cry: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902) was born on July 5, 1853. Not everyone gets a country named after them.

Phineas T. Barnum (1810-91), the world's greatest showman, was born in Bethel, CT on July 5, 1810.

In a divine irony, both John Adams (1735-1826) and Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826. Read Orrin's reviews of American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (1997)(Pauline Maier) (Grade: B-) and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (1996)(Joseph J. Ellis) (Grade: A-)

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought over several days, including July 4th, 1863. Read Orrin's review ofThe Killer Angels (1974)(Michael Shaara 1929-1988) (Grade: A+)

Lionel Trilling (1905-75) was born in New York, NY on July 4, 1905.

Independence Day

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), was born in Salem, MA on July 4, 1804. His Scarlet Letter (1848) is one of the first American classics.

Stephen Foster (1826-1864) was born in Lawrenceville, PA on July 4, 1826.

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), the 30th President of the United States (1923-1929), was born in Plymouth, VT on July 4, 1872. He understood, perhaps better than any other President of this century, that the best thing the government can do is stay out of the way of the citizenry.

John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) the great American portrait painter, was born in Boston, MA on July 3, 1738

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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