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Best in Fall History 2013: #5 One Summer:  America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Best in Fall History 2013: #5 One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

If there’s anything you can say about Bill Bryson’s work, you practically guarantee that it will be compulsively readable. All Bryson’s best works delve strongly into history, and his newest work, One Summer: America, 1927 looks to continue the trend. A lot was happening in late 1920s America. By picking this particular stretch of American […]

2013 Best in Fall History: #6 Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

2013 Best in Fall History: #6 Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

Fall is a favorite season for many reasons: the football, beautiful scenery as the leaves change, and of course high profile book releases just in time for Christmas shopping. Fall 2013 is shaping up to be a good one for history lovers. We’ve picked our 2013 Best in Fall History beginning last week with #7 […]

2013 Best in Fall History: #7 Lincoln in the World by Kevin Peraino

2013 Best in Fall History: #7 Lincoln in the World by Kevin Peraino

It has seemingly reached a point that Abraham Lincoln should be deified like some Roman Emperor of old. It is rare to find a book that has much to say negative about the 16th president, and most books that are highly negative of Lincoln prove to be either poor scholarly efforts or to have some […]

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #2 Ben Coes

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #2 Ben Coes

Gone are the days of the traditional espionage spy thrillers made famous by John Le Carre or even the sleek charms of Ian Fleming’s {James Bond. Today’s spy novels are action packed thrillers full of highly skilled anti-terrorist operatives such as Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp or Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan/John Clark. Tragically the literary world […]

September 22, 2013 Book of the Week: The Quest by Nelson DeMille

September 22, 2013 Book of the Week: The Quest by Nelson DeMille

Everyone else has a book club so why shouldn’t Code 451. Beginning this morning we will have a Code 451 Book of the Week Club featuring our favorite recently released books. It may come from any genre in a given week. Kicking things off with our first ever Code 451 Book of the Week is: […]

Top Fall Biographies of 2013: The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Top Fall Biographies of 2013: The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Top honors for biography in the fall of 2013 goes to one of our most distinguished biographers, Doris Kearns Goodwin and her new book, The Bully Pulpit. Goodwin’s writing style is often an enigma for me. Her method is different from either of the two top presidential biographers of the last half century – Robert […]

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: #2 Johnny Cash: The Life

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: #2 Johnny Cash: The Life

Johnny Cash recorded songs by the truck load for decades until his death in 2003, and since has become a regular cottage industry for publishers and had his life portrayed in the blockbuster Walk the Line. This fall, marking the 10th anniversary of Cash’s passing, another slew of commemorative editions will appear such as the […]

Best Movies Made from Books: #10 Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

Best Movies Made from Books: #10 Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

As a child I purposely read books for which I had seen movies because it helped me visualize what I was reading. Now as an avid reader I find myself constantly saying “the book is much better.” Anyone who reads frequently has said this and will continue to say so when your favorite books are made into […]

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: #4 Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: #4 Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno

Fall 2013 has emerged as being quite rich in biographies, we’ve collected our top 6 picks, so far we’ve named: #6 Wilson #5 Jim Henson: The Biography #4 Salinger by David Shields Every year a deceased author goes under the biographer’s spotlight. In 2011 it was Charles Dickens, and for 2013 it appears to be […]

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: Jim Henson: The Biography

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: Jim Henson: The Biography

2013 is shaping up to be a tremendous year for readers with long awaited novels Inferno from Dan Brown as well as And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. For those of you who prefer non-fiction, we began looking at Fall 2013 Biographies recently beginning with our #6 Pick, Wilson by A. Scott Berg. We […]