Essay Review: “The Sanctuary of School” by Lynda Barry

This essay was published in “The Blair Reader,” third edition, edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell in 1999.  The purpose of this anthology was to improve critical reading skills for students.  As an older adult, I find I need the same thing, except I don’t do homework.  Instead, I write this blog. […]

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Movie Review: “War Dogs”

Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in this movie about two arms dealers working with U.S. government contracts.  As a small business, AEY Inc. makes a living off the smaller contracts of war items needed for Iraq and Afghanistan.  Their first contract is proves their ability to handle a contract and establishes their reputation.  Their […]

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Book Review: “Inside Man” by Jeff Abbott

Written by Jeff Abbott.  This book was published in 2014 and is another of his Sam Capra books.  If you like thriller novels, this book doesn’t disappoint. Sam Capra owns a number of bars around the world and works clandestinely for an organization called the Round Table.  A former CIA operative, he takes on missions […]

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Movie Review: “Ben Hur (2016)”

I saw “Ben-Hur” with Charlton Heston when I was a little girl, so unfortunately, I didn’t remember too much about it.  The chariot race stood out.  In the 2016 version, the chariot race is still there with and still exciting.  I enjoyed this remake even without Charlton Heston. The story documents the relationship of two […]

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Essay Review: “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self” by Alice Walker

This essay is taken from “The Blair Reader” published in 1999 and edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  The reader was designed to improve critical reading skills for students.  Although I consider myself a student, I no longer do homework. Alice Walker wrote this essay which documents several phrases of her life […]

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Book Review: “Circle of Lies” by Douglas Alan

Written by Douglas Alan, this book was published in 2010. John Delaney, an ex-cop from New York City, takes on the case of his life when he agrees to defend his best friend facing a charge of murder.  Ted Jordan claims his innocence but all of the facts are against him.  To his defense come […]

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Movie Review: “Florence Foster Jenkins”

This movie was based on a true story.  In 1944, Florence Foster Jenkins was a society maven in New York City.  She was rich and contributed generously to the arts community especially in music.  At one time in her life she performed on stage in a musical and had always had the dream of performing again.  […]

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Essay Review: “The Perfect Family” by Alice Hoffman

Written by Alice Hoffman, this essay appears in “The Blair Reader,” which was published in 1999 and edited by Laurie G. Kiszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  This anthology of essays was created to help students develop critical reading skills and has homework assignments.  I still need to work on my reading skills, but I don’t […]

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Book review: “Just Life” by Neil Abramson

This book was published in 2016.  If you’re a dog lover, you’ll love this book.  If you’re an animal lover, you’ll like this book.  If you are neither, you may not. Samantha Lewis is a veterinarian who runs a no-kill shelter in New York City.  She’s fallen on hard times and is behind on her bills and the […]

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Movie review: “Suicide Squad”

Will Smith stars as Deadeye, the most accurate shooter of all assassins.  He leads a group of misfits in a mission to provide protection against metabeings, like a rogue Superman.  One of them, the Enchantress, becomes the villain as she escapes and brings her brother to help her in her quest to take over the world.  […]

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