The First Conspiracy

The First Conspiracy is a fascinating story that reads like a modern-day thriller instead of an 18th century historical text. The bizarre-but-true plot takes place in 1776, during the first months of the Revolutionary War. Don’t go snoozing yet. This is not a stuffy history lesson about cobblestone streets and powdered wigs before the era…

Good Stories by the Right Type… Writer

Tom Hanks wrote a book. Yeah… that Tom Hanks. You know, the Academy Award-winner who is the closest to taking on that “everyman” actor mantle since the departure of Jimmy Stewart? And his book, Uncommon Type, is really quite fun. Uncommon Type is a collection of 17 short stories. Like any anthology, the stories presented…

Beholden American Dreamers

Behold The Dreamers is an entertaining read, easy and fast-paced, light on plot. After all, this is a story that has been told many times before. The catch with Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, however, is the contemporary setting of the story –  America’s financial crisis of 2008/2009 . In doing so, the author brilliantly dramatizes an…

5 A.M.

I harshly and suddenly awoke from a dream at 5 AM by a thunderclap signaling the oncoming apocalypse. This wasn’t simply God bowling his strikes, rather the Almighty had decided to demolish the entire bowling alley complete with pins, balls, and those vending machines with their unwinnable trinkets that truly have no place in Paradise, …

An Irish Story… In America

Breaking away from his bold set in Ireland stories, Jim Sheridan tells an Irish tale, a personal tale at that, set, you guessed it, in America. In doing so, especially by placing the story in New York, makes this movie inherently American. In fact, In America offers up a huge slice of Americana both thematically and…