Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018)   Nothing can replicate the screen presence of Burt Reynolds, but there are some excellent books available about the acting giant. But Enough About Me  by Burt Reynolds and Jon Winokur This memoir, published in 2015, is described as “scandalous, sentimental, no-holds-barred, New York Times bestselling memoir from one of Hollywood’s most enduring and resilient stars.”         Burt Reynolds: My Life Published in 1994 by Hyperion, Reynolds admits that he censored … Continued


Collecting Popular Authors of the 2000s

Continuing where we left off with Collecting Popular Authors of the 1990s, here are some mega-bestsellers from the 2000s and their most collectable works: John Sandford Born, John Roswell Camp, John Sandford (2/23/1944) starting writing for newspapers, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for a series in 1985 titled “Life on the Land: an American farm family.” He then turned his attention to fiction, and began writing his most popular works, the Prey Series, starting with Rules of Prey … Continued


Collecting Popular Authors of the 1990s

Collecting Popular Authors of the 1990s Collecting popular fiction from best-selling authors may seem like heresy for some – there is nothing rare about most of these commercially printed books, and some book scholars may snub their noses at the literary value. But collecting doesn’t have to be high-brow or based purely on monetary value, it can just be fun. If you have a passion for a popular author there is no reason to not dub yourself a bibliophile and … Continued


The Enduring Relevance of Dr. Seuss’s Political Cartoons and Illustrations

“And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones…But those were Foreign Children and it really didn’t matter” An early Dr. Seuss cartoon has gone viral for the second time in recent years. First used as a condemnation against international inaction regarding the crimes against humanity in Syria in 2015, the cartoon has more recently been used to oppose the detention camps on the US-Mexico border, where children are being separated from parents seeking asylum in the … Continued


A Complete List of Anthony Bourdain’s Books

A Career In Writing Anthony Bourdain may be best known as the television persona traveling the world and eating exotic cuisines in his hit shows on the Food Network A Cook’s Tour, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and The Layover, along with CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, but he is also the author of multiple best-selling books. Most of his books, both fiction and non-fiction, center around cooking and food, including his first breakout best-seller Kitchen Confidential, published in 2001. The … Continued


The Last Slave Ship: The Story behind Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon

A Daring Bet, and the Consequences that Fell in the Wrong Place In the late 1850s tensions were rising between the North and the South in the United States, and the South’s desire to hold on to slavery was a key issue in those tensions. Many laws had been made toward the abolition of slavery, including a bill passed in March 2, 1807, that made it illegal to import slaves into the United States after January 1, 1808, or to … Continued


You Can’t Read in Prison

Censorship in Prisons Recently, there has been news coverage of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander being banned in New Jersey Prisons. The book, which argues that the US criminal justice system today functions as a form of racial control similar to the Jim Crow laws of the pre-Civil Rights era, was taken off of the banned list in New Jersey shortly after the story broke. The book was also banned in … Continued


16 Must-Have Poetry Books for Your Collection

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman First published in 1855 Leaves of Grass was a small book consisting of twelve poems. Whitman revised and republished it throughout his life, resulting in vastly different editions, the last including more than 400 poems. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson Although Dickinson wrote over 1800 poems during her lifetime, less than a dozen were published before her death in 1886 at the age of 55. Her younger sister, Lavinia, who lived at … Continued


The Biographies of Billy Graham

Evangelist Billy Graham speaking at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida

 

Although Billy Graham wrote many autobiographies including the 1997 Best-seller Just As I Am, Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well (2011), and Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond (2015), many others took an opportunity to examine the popular evangelist’s life as well. With Graham’s recent passing near the approach of his 100th birthday, there should no doubt be multiple re-releases of Graham’s titles as well as many new retrospective biographies on his life and legacy. (more…)

Amy C. Manikowski is a writer, bookseller, trail-diverger, history buff, and pitbull lover. She graduated from Chatham University with an MFA a while ago, and after wandering aimlessly settled in Asheville NC.


Ten Romance Novels to get you through Valentine’s Day

Cheesy, but beloved by many.

Valentine’s Day is a happy occasion for some and less so for others – if you aren’t seeing enough roses, chocolates, and unbearably fancy dinners headed your way today, here’s a few romantic reads to delve into.

1. Dear John, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook: take your pick of Nicholas Sparks’ books. Eleven of his nineteen best-selling novels have been turned into films, so although they may be easy to criticize, something about them makes them undeniably popular.

2. Doctor Zhivago: Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for Literature following the publication of this book in 1957 after the manuscript was smuggled from the USSR to Italy. The love story between Yuri and Lara during the Russian Revolution was further immortalized in film in 1965.

3. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë), Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë): Yep, I just lumped all of those together, just like I did with everything Nicholas Sparks. These titles make up a niche of undeniably popular romantic literature! (more…)

Amy C. Manikowski is a writer, bookseller, trail-diverger, history buff, and pitbull lover. She graduated from Chatham University with an MFA a while ago, and after wandering aimlessly settled in Asheville NC.