Stacy Schiff — Cleopatra: A Life The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. via Goodreads | Stacy Schiff’s videos. Chapters will be delivering my personal audio-book: Cleopatra – A Life. It should be in my hands by Wednesday. I first met Stacy Schiff when I read A Great Improvisation. France was the midwife at the birth of the U.S. thanks to the political savvy of Dr. Benjamin Franklin. I’m certain that, in Stacy Schiff’s hands,… Read more Cleopatra: A Life →
Reading produces extraordinary moments that trigger interesting ideas. I am reading Three Cups of Tea and Hitch22 at the same time. Last week, my reading brought me to a precise convergence: September 11, 2001. I read Dr. Greg’s and Christopher’s personal accounts of that historic day. On 9/11 both men were separated from their families: Dr Greg was in Pakistan, his family in Montana; Christopher was in California, his family in Washington, D.C. Uncertainty and fear touched their lives at the same time as it did for all of us.… Read more Different Men – Kindred Spirits: Christopher and Dr. Greg →
Goodreads | A Strange Eventful History by Michael Holroyd – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. I found a treasure again. A Strange Eventful History tells the story of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their remarkable families. It will be a long read and I’m not certain when I will finish. The problem with time is that there is never enough to go around. Here is the first lines of the first chapter: “On the night of 10 october 1868, after the curtain came down, a twenty-one-year-old actress left one of London’s theatres, stepped into… Read more Goodreads | A Strange Eventful History by Michael Holroyd – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists →
Goodreads | Catching Life By the Throat: Poems from Eight Great Poets by Josephine Hart – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. Christopher reminded me that poetry transcends generational and cultural differences by speaking to the human condition. Emotional insight, radical thoughts and shared joy or sorrow come from a few words that have been purposely brought together by a poet’s thoughts. Last week, I was at my favourite haunt – Indigos – checking out the $2.00 “last book” clearance shelves. There are treasures to be found! And I did find a jewel: Catching Life by The Throat! … Read more Catching Life By the Throat: Poems from Eight Great Poets by Josephine Hart →
On The Road Book Club has signed up for Goodreads, which was created in 2006 by Otis Chandler. It is a community of 4,300,000 and growing. Books still do rule!! Many people believe that books, like handwriting, will go the way of the dodo bird. Handwriting may be suffering the last pangs of existence, but books are more important than ever before, according to Goodreads website. "Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. We have more than 4,300,000 members who have added more than 120,000,000 books to… Read more Goodreads – Books Still Rule! (via Rebecca Budd) →
The King’s Speech: good movie, very bad history. – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine. The Book Club spent Christmas Day at the movies. We started out with True Grit:… Read more The King’s Speech: good movie, very bad history. – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine →
CNN Heroes 2010 – Top 10 CNN Hero: Anuradha Koirala – Special Reports from CNN.com.� “A great revolution in just one individual will help to change the destiny of all humankind.” Daisaku Ikeda, Japan. Humanity is given very little time to change destiny. The question is – do we have the courage to accept a transformation, even a revolution, in our lives?
“I’ve learned that terror doesn’t happen because some group of people somewhere like Pakistan or Afghanistan simply decide to hate us. It happens because children aren’t being offered a bright enough future that they have a reason to choose life over death.” — Greg Mortenson Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time via Goodreads | Greg Mortenson quotes. Don, Thomas and I are literally on the road when we read Three Cups of Tea. When we go back and forth, to and fro,… Read more On The Road with Three Cups of Tea →