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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Big Brother is Reading
In his younger days, my brother was not much of a reader. He did what he had to do to get through school and his outside literary activities consisted of reading Mad Magazine and Boys Life, both of which he shared with me (as well as his cast-off gym shirts and pungent sleeping bag when he went to serve in the U.S. Navy). Lately, however, he has become an aficionado of historical non-fiction, voraciously consuming New York Times best-seller titles including David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcom Glaswell.

While I am not a great fan of non-fiction, historical or otherwise, as much as he is, Tommy and I do chat during our periodic phone calls about his latest "good read". Last week, he emailed me the following concise review:

I just finished reading Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O`Reilly. I found the book to be informative and factual.

Much of the book depicts life in the white house during the Kennedy Presidency leading up to the assassination in Dallas Texas, including the unrest between Bobby Kennedy and LBJ, Jackie Kennedy's life with JFK in the White House, and, thereafter, the end of "Camelot". There are very descriptive accounts of the assassination which include much information that was not published in the media about Lee Harvey Oswald and his life with his Russian wife, Maria. This book reads like a novel, with both story and documentary features.

At the end of the book there is a section of references that was used to compile this book [written] without any personal input from O`Reilly or Martin Dugard, his collaborator.

I recommend that this history be presented in every history class throughout the USA.

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Tommy's comments are short and to the point and it is reviews like these that inspire me to read the book, even if it isn't an historical novel, but an eventful slice of history that should never be forgotten.

Thank you, big brother. We look forward to sharing with our followers more commentaries from you about your non-fiction ventures.


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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:

the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Forty-Thirty 
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast

Bethlehem

Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood

 

 

Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her fourth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
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