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Cleo’s Out – Stephen’s In

I A Briefer History of Time by Stephen W. Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow via Goodreads | Rebecca Budd’s bookshelf: all (showing 0-0 of 0) (sorted by: review) Rebecca Budd has 0 books on her all shelf. Cleopatra is in transit, so I turned to Stephen Hawking for solace.   I was pleased to see that my friend Leonard Mlodinow came along for the ride.   I first met Leonard Mlodinow when I read: The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives. It was a page turner.   A Briefer History of Time begins with… Read more Cleo’s Out – Stephen’s In

Hitchens to The Kings Speech screenwriter: You’re a dupe for the royal family. – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine

The battle of words continues.  In my January 29, 2011 post, Christopher announced that The King’s Speech was a “good movie” but “very bad history.”    Not surprising, Christopher received a rebuttal which he eagerly embraced with his latest volley. Hitchens to The Kings Speech screenwriter: Youre a dupe for the royal family. – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine. In other quarters, the battle is  deeply personal.  Sometimes words do not come easily. “Once in a while a movie comes around that really speaks to you. For Joe Moglia,… Read more Hitchens to The Kings Speech screenwriter: You’re a dupe for the royal family. – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine

Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson

We finished Three Cups of Tea and our unanimous choice for our next read was to continue with Dr. Greg. Stones Into School is the story of another school and another promise!  This book is written in first person, which gives a different perspective. Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson (Goodreads Author) From the author of the #1 bestseller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian’s efforts to promote peace through education via Goodreads | Stones… Read more Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson

Cleopatra: A Life

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

Different Men – Kindred Spirits: Christopher and Dr. Greg

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

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

Catching Life By the Throat: Poems from Eight Great Poets by Josephine Hart

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