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Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football's Greatest Quarterback
The Debate is Over: Tom Brady is the Greatest Quarterback in NFL History Sean Glennon has written a well-organized, cogent argument why Tom Brady is the best quarterback in NFL History.  He does …
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel
   I approach Sherlock Holmes pastiches with a great deal of trepidation.  Being a lover of the original cannon, I have read too many lousy mimics.  In fact, I had quit reading them …
Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from
Ice-T, born Tracy Marrow in northern New Jersey, has certainly lead an unconventional life. From the telling his parents were emotionally detached and they both died at a young age, then he was shipped …
I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind
Michael Oher has had so many other people tell his story that he must have felt he finally had to tell his own story in his own words.      Michael Oher may be the most well known …
Breaker Boys: The NFL's Greatest Team and the
   If you love good writing, football history and the meaning of football to society, look no further than this account of the 1925 Pottsville Maroons.  This is sports history and sports …
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Quick Tips
posted a Quick Tip about The Scarlet Letter (Readable Classics). April 12, 2011
The Scarlet Letter (Readable Classics)
Nathaniel Hawthorne's gripping tale of the dangers of rigidity and authoritarianism set in the Puritanical beginnings of America.
posted a Quick Tip about The Red Badge of Courage. April 12, 2011
The Red Badge of Courage
This is truly a seminal novel of the Civil War that explores what it means to be a coward or a hero. It brings to light the horror of war.
posted a Quick Tip about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. April 12, 2011
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
One of Mark Twain's greatest books and an extremely enjoyable read. It is a very humorous and great adventure story.
posted a Quick Tip about To Kill a Mockingbird (book). April 12, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
While a bit on the plodding side, an important and inspiring read about one man's fight against racism.
posted a Quick Tip about The Great Gatsby. April 12, 2011
The Great Gatsby
I know this book gets quite a bit of praise but for me the novel just does not hold up to the test of time.  In some ways it reads like a modern love triangle or a look into the dysfunctional lives …
posted a Quick Tip about Truman. April 12, 2011
This is one of the most outstanding and readabel biography's of an American President I have ever read.  While it is a very long book, once started you won't be able to put it down.
posted a Quick Tip about Revolution in the Arab World: Tunisia.... April 08, 2011
Revolution in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, And
I found this to be a pretty decent work but the problem is I had already read most of the analysis in the news or even seen it on more in-depth TV news segments and the key points seemed to get a little …
posted a Quick Tip about Hyperion. April 04, 2011
   I am one of the few people who don't see to love the Hyperion series.  This first in the series is pretty solid but overall I find the entire series disjointed and uneven.
posted a Quick Tip about Assam Tea. August 23, 2010
Assam tea
You cannot get better tea in the world than from the state of Assam.
posted a Quick Tip about A Shortcut in Time by Charles Dickinson. July 18, 2010
A Shortcut in Time by Charles Dickinson
Time travel is always a fun subject for a novel and this short romp is quite entertaining. It all starts when a rather ordinary man finds he's moved back in time 15 minutes. From there, the plot thickens …
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September 07, 2010
your dog is getting bigger...nice profile pic!
September 07, 2010
Thanks, yes she is 25 pounds now! She should not get any bigger, if I can keep my wife from over feeding her.
August 20, 2010
Congrats on the new moderator position, Doug! :)
August 21, 2010
Thanks, hopefully I can make myself useful :)
August 21, 2010
Oh yeah, I'm sure you will be able to! There's always tons of work that need to be done in the communities. You'll find a niche and do really well. :)
July 19, 2010
Hey Doug! I hope you are trying to earn that Sparks badge with your Nicholas Sparks reviews. Since you've read quite a few of his books, you'll be able to earn it in no time! Good luck and keep me informed when you get it!
July 20, 2010
i don't think I'll get it because I just posted quick tips instead of reviews.
July 20, 2010
Aw, well, if you ever feel compelled to write longer reviews you'll get it. I had read one of your longer Sparks reviews that I thought was well-written, so I assumed you were writing QTs and longer reviews at the same time, lol. I know I'm not going that badge anytime soon. I've only read one of his books (which I didn't write a review for back in the day). Now, I'm reading "Dear John." I'll probably write a review for that at least.
July 21, 2010
I will be interested to see reviews on that -- will let me know if I want to read it. I have TWO of his books on my TBR pile and haven't got around to them yet.
July 21, 2010
I'll shoot you a comment when I finish "Dear John," if you like, that way you can come over and read the review I write. It might be a while, though. With my cold, I haven't felt like doing too much. What are the two books in your TBR pile? If you write longer reviews on those, you'll be that much closer to the Sparks badge!
April 15, 2010
Thanks so much for joining the Cafe Libri Lunch Community. Hopefully, you will be inspired to write reviews or quick tips. Otherwise, feel free to sit back, relax, and enjoy others' reviews. Don't feel shy about rating or commenting on them either. The writers really appreciate the feedback! Let me know if you have any questions! 
March 15, 2010
Thanks for joining the 'HYPE' community, Doug!
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