Last week I wrote about yet another book about Lawrence of Arabia.
Just about the time you think you’ll scream if you’re confronted with another monumental biography, another epic movie, an enigmatic play about T.E. Lawrence along comes journalist Scott Anderson with a monumental tome, titled “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of The Modern Middle East” (Doubleday, $28.95). Whew!
Robert Ripley, whose “Believe it or Not Feature” appears in comic strips across the nation, has been dead for 65 years, believe it or not.
Back in the 1920s and 1930s, when most black women worked as domestics, scrub ladies, washerwomen, one young black woman born in 1895 in Washington, D.C. would spend her life on the world political and cultural stage.
Summer is upon us. Here’s a pile of books, some light-hearted, some very serious for readers to while away rainy days up north.
I’m a big cemetery guy. Whenever my wife and I travel to Europe we look in a cemeteries, like Pere La Chaise in Paris, where we spent hours trying to find Edith Piaf’s grave or when we went to the incredibly moving cemetery at Ste-Maire Eglise where the D-Day troops are buried.
I’m way behind in my coverage of the Scandinavian thriller surge in world publishing, not having even read a Stieg Larsson thriller, so I’ll try to make it up by reviewing a finely wrought thriller by first-time Swedish author Alexander Soderberg.
Wisconsin poet Thomas R. Smith writes that Kristin Laurel’s new book of poetry will “burn itself on your memory.”