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Book Report - The Help

Book Report - The Help
I just finished this best selling novel by Kathryn Stockett, which is a good thing, because the movie version comes out on August 12th. This fictionalized account of the relationships between several rich, proper, lily-white ladies and their “hired” help in Jackson, Mississippi that takes place in the early 1960′s.¬† That setting pits the height... Read more »

Movie Review - Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Movie Review - Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The other big battle scene going on in England besides the Open Golf is the good versus evil battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. It’s been ten years, eight movies, three big stars, and one very rich and talented author. David Yates, the British¬† director who has helmed the last four films in the... Read more »

My 11 Favorite Living "Summer Reading, Page Turner" Suspense Novelists (with a little help from a friend)

Dorsey supposedly traipses similiar turf as Hiassen, but even more wildly. His "Atomic Lobster" will be one I get to soon.
There are few things I enjoy more than getting caught up in a captivating mystery/suspense novel. In fact, I’m hoping to write this pretty quickly so I can get back to Mean Town Blues by Sam Reaves. While I value the great insight I get from some of the topical non-fiction books I read–Matt Taibbi’s... Read more »
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Book Report - "One for the Ages"

Sports historians may talk about the 1986 Masters for decades to come the, but there is no doubt that twenty-five years after Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear “came out of hibernation” in the words of then rookie announcer Jim Nantz, to win his sixth green jacket, that it remains one of the most dramatic and... Read more »

Book Report - Keith Emerson's "Pictures Of An Exhibitionsist"

Book Report - Keith Emerson's "Pictures Of An Exhibitionsist"
Keith Emerson in his ELP days by Tim Sanford, guest contributor This just goes to show you can’t believe the reader reviews on Amazon.com, they all dissed this book, I found it highly enjoyable. Certainly not great literature; your English teacher would give it a “C” at best, but very insightful and funny! Keith is... Read more »

Book Report - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Book Report - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
by Steven Leventhal At long last I finally got my hands on a copy of Hornet’s Nest.  That is the final installment of the Dragon Tattoo series.  There will probably be no more books starring our heroine Lisbeth Salander.  Author Stieg Larsson died of a heart attack, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for the first... Read more »
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Book Report - "House of Suns" by Alistair Reynolds

Book Report - "House of Suns" by Alistair Reynolds
Star Trek – The Original Series traveled at warp speeds in all improbability. I just finished a fairly new sci-fi book.  When I think back to the older science fiction I read by some of the greatest names in the genre, it’s amazing to think about how the written perception of the future has evolved... Read more »

Review - The Girl who Played with Fire

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander by Steven LeventhalLast night I got to finally see part two of the “Dragon Tattoo” series of movies based on the very popular books of the same name by Stieg Larsson, although they are collectively called the “Millennium” series. Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyquist reprise their roles as Lisbeth Salander... Read more »

Tuesday Afternoon Special

Tuesday Afternoon Special
This past weekend has been a veritable buffet of entertainment – a smorgasbord of movies, television, music, books, and even a trip to the theater for yours truly. Jim Ortlieb (L) of the Chicago cast of “Billy Elliot” chats with Steve Leventhal (R) after a performance of the hit musical. We’ll start with late last... Read more »
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Book Review - Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court

By Steven Leventhal “Hard Work” the new autobiography by North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams is no misnomer. As he mentions often in his book, “I always want people to know that nobody’s going to outwork me. I may screw it up. I may make a bad substitution. I may call a bad play. But... Read more »
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