New Bookstore Coming Soon to Queens, NY

Bookstores aren’t easy to find anymore, especially if you aren’t in the Downtown area of a city. If you live in the Kew Gardens section of Queens, pretty soon you’ll have a chance to shop in a storefront bookstore near your home: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170516/kew-gardens/kew-gardens-bookstore-the-queens-bookshop-81-63-lefferts-blvd?utm_source=New+York+City&utm_campaign=7c8fac6c53-Mailchimp-NYC&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4f5d8e7caa-7c8fac6c53-132382133 Continue reading New Bookstore Coming Soon to Queens, NY

Read Them Before They’re Banned

Fewer than two weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency have shaken up everyone who has good judgment and a basic sense of decency. True, that isn’t everyone.  David Duke is thrilled, but a lot of us aren’t. Many of us have found an outlet, though.  We can register protests, either in person or through some other means. Book lovers have an immediate reaction.  We look for any fiction or nonfiction relevant to the Fascist crap we see coming from the White House. Some recommended titles are The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray … Continue reading Read Them Before They’re Banned

Philip Roth’s Perspective on Trump

If you don’t have a copy of the January 30, 2017 issue of The New Yorker, please click the link at the end of this post.  Judith Thurman’s article about Philip Roth is available online with no pay wall. Be grateful that some people in this country still read books.  Our To Be Read List has expanded steadily since the election of Donald Trump, and even if we’ve already read those books they’re worth looking at again. Personally, I haven’t yet gotten around to reading The Plot Against America by Mr. Roth, or The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville.  Unless our … Continue reading Philip Roth’s Perspective on Trump

Trump Revealed (Book Review)

Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money and Power By Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher Simon and Schuster, Copyright 2016 $28.00 Hardcover 347 Pages (plus notes and photgraphs) ISBN:  978-1-5011-5577-2 If you read just one biography of Donald Trump, I recommend this one. Trump Revealed is the result of only three months of actual manuscript writing, but the research material goes back years and relies on stable sources which are documented in the back of the book. I sense the authors didn’t set out to write a hatchet job.  They wrote about a person who is self-defeating but usually … Continue reading Trump Revealed (Book Review)