Book Reviews

  • Essays

“Here is New York” – E.B. White

  • Fiction

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

A Damsel in Distress – P.G. Wodehouse

Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne

Before the Fact – Francis Iles (aka Anthony Berkeley)

Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes

Emma – Jane Austen

Farewell, My Lovely – Raymond Chandler

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes – Anita Loos

Goodbye, Mr. Chips – James Hilton

Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens

Lost Horizon – James Hilton

Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Planet of the Apes – Pierre Boulle

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

Scaramouche – Rafael Sabatini

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

The Bride of Lammermoor – Sir Walter Scott

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir – R.A. Dick (Josephine Leslie)

The Iliad – Homer

The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Charles Dickens

The Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens

The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Way We Live Now – Anthony Trollope

The Wheel Spins (aka The Lady Vanishes) – Ethel Lina White

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

Villette – Charlotte Bronte

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

  • Movie and Book Comparisons

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Letter From an Unknown Woman – Stefan Zweig

The Big Sleep: Movie and Book

The House of the Seven Gables – Movie and Book

The Maltese Falcon (1929) – Dashiell Hammett, book review and comparison with the 1941 movie

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: James Thurber and Danny Kaye

Witness for the Prosecution: Movie, Play, Short Story

  • Non-Fiction

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the World’s and the Art of Fake News – A. Brad Schwartz

Edith Head’s Hollywood – Edith Head and Paddy Calistro

Five Came Back – Mark Harris

Hollywood Musicals: The 101 Greatest Song-and-Dance Movies of All Time – Ken Bloom

Hope: Entertainer of the Century – Richard Zoglin

I Could Have Sung All Night: My Story – Marni Nixon

James J. Corbett: A Biography of the Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Popular Theater Headliner – by Armond Fields

Life With Mother Superior – Jane Trahey

Mary Poppins, She Wrote – Valerie Lawson

The Making of My Fair Lady – Keith Garebian

When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II – Molly Guptill Manning

  • Plays

Major Barbara and Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw

  • Poetry

“In the Bleak Midwinter” – Christina Rossetti

  • Short Stories

“But Kisses Never Hurt Me” – Andrea Lundgren

Damon Runyon – His Broadway Stories: Guys and Dolls

Edgar Allan Poe’s C. August Dupin

The Thirteen Clocks – James Thurber


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