DREAMING IN CODE: ADA BYRON LOVELACE, COMPUTER PIONEER, by Emily Arnold McCully, Candlewick Press

This illuminating biography reveals how the daughter of Lord Byron, Britain's most infamous Romantic poet, became the world's first computer programmer. Even by 1800s standards, Ada Byron Lovelace had an unusual upbringing. Her strict mother worked hard at cultivating her own role as the long-suffering ex-wife of bad-boy poet Lord Byron while raising Ada in … Continue reading DREAMING IN CODE: ADA BYRON LOVELACE, COMPUTER PIONEER, by Emily Arnold McCully, Candlewick Press

HOLLYWOOD EVE: EVE BABITZ AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF L.A., by Lili Anolik, Katherine Monaghan, Simon & Schuster

Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world—a movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory. Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of LA. The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess … Continue reading HOLLYWOOD EVE: EVE BABITZ AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF L.A., by Lili Anolik, Katherine Monaghan, Simon & Schuster

AND I’D DO IT AGAIN: THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF AN EDWARDIAN HEIRESS, by Aimee Crocker, Forward by Helen Lederer, Head of Zeus

Aimée Crocker was an heiress to gold and railroad fortunes and a daughter of Judge Edwin B. Crocker (1818-1875), legal counsel for the Central Pacific Railroad, Justice of the California Supreme Court in 1865 and founder of the Crocker Art Museum. Her father was a brother of Charles Crocker, one of the "big four" California … Continue reading AND I’D DO IT AGAIN: THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF AN EDWARDIAN HEIRESS, by Aimee Crocker, Forward by Helen Lederer, Head of Zeus

FROM HOLMES TO SHERLOCK, by Mattias Bostrom, Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic/Publishers Group West

Everyone knows Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a unique literary character who has remained popular for over a century and is appreciated more than ever today. But what made this fictional character, dreamed up by a small-town English doctor in the 1880s, into such a lasting success, despite the author’s own attempt to … Continue reading FROM HOLMES TO SHERLOCK, by Mattias Bostrom, Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic/Publishers Group West

GOODREADS “CHOICE AWARDS 2018” AND MY THOUGHTS – PART ONE

Here are the latest and greatest voted for by Goodreads' readers.  I've added a bit of information for those who are not familiar with these books and want to know more.  My suggestion for all is to read them and judge for yourself if you agree with the Goodreads' outcome.  I did have a few … Continue reading GOODREADS “CHOICE AWARDS 2018” AND MY THOUGHTS – PART ONE

THE STRANGE TRUE TALE OF FRANKENSTEIN’S CREATOR, MARY SHELLEY, by Catherine Reef, Clarion Books

  On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, comes a riveting biography of its author, Mary Shelley, whose life reads like a dark gothic novel, filled with scandal, death, drama, and one of the strangest love stories in literary history. The story of Frankenstein’s creator is a strange, romantic, and tragic one, as … Continue reading THE STRANGE TRUE TALE OF FRANKENSTEIN’S CREATOR, MARY SHELLEY, by Catherine Reef, Clarion Books