Book Reviews

The first collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories published in 1850 included most of Poe’s notable literary pieces. The first complete collection of his works however, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, was published in 1902.  I am lucky enough to have a rare 1935 edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination, which is illustrated with 8 color plates.

The Vietnam War currently airing on PBS caused me to go back and re-read a favorite memoir In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War by Tobias Wolff. Considered by many to be second only to Tim O’Brian’s celebrated Vietnam memoir “The Things they carried.

Wolff's semi auto biographical personal account of the war is more than a worthy and intriguing second banana. Published in 1994 the book chronicles Wolff's experiences as a U.S. Army first lieutenant and special forces member assigned as an advisor to a south Vietnamese unit. 

Where does one go to learn life lessons? Where else but The Twilight Zone, says Mark Dawidziak in his immensely entertaining book “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life”.

Book Review: The Soul of Wilson Pickett

Sep 4, 2017

Observing Wilson Pickett pinch a mini-skirted stranger leaning across a desk, a woman in the room uttered “you’re so wicked”; “the Wicked” Pickett would become a long-standing name as well as album title. No doubt the rhyming label aided longevity; learn of this and other useful trivia regarding the great soulful screamer in the newly released biography, In the Midnight Hour: The Life and Soul of Wilson Picket, written by Tony Fletcher.

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