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Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick is available for free, read aloud by actors, writers, and more, including Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry, Neil Tennant, Fiona Shaw, Will Self, Benedict Cumberbatch, China Miéville, Tony Kushner, John Waters, Simon Callow, Sir David Attenborough, […]

Critic and film historian Phil Hall has written a fascinating book, In Search of Lost Films with details about the thousands of movies made from the earliest days of the silent era through the 1940’s that have disappeared through damage or […]

On July 12, 2016 Audible Studios will release a new audiobook version of Anna Karenina, beautifully performed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, whose elegant diction perfectly matches this tragic story. Whether you are a long-time fan or new to the story, you […]

In honor of Father’s Day, my eBook, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers is FREE through Father’s Day, June 19, 2016. What do “Wall Street” and the “Star Wars” saga and, seemingly, about half the movies ever made have in common? They are […]

It was a very great pleasure to talk to A. Scott Berg, whose college paper about editor Maxwell Perkins became the first of his many distinguished biographies of 20th century Americans. Berg was the first to read the just-donated collection […]

A new Harry Potter story is coming! But unless you can get tickets to see it on stage in London next month, you won’t find out what happens in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Or, you can buy a […]

While looking for books to read to her eldest daughter (when she was 2), Ylleya Fields was struck by the limited number of titles featuring African American characters. And so she created one: Princess Cupcake Jones was created, with Princess […]

Are you an Angry Birds fan?  Or a nature lover?  Either way, you’ll love this great and gorgeously illustrated book about the Angry Birds and the real-life birds and environments that inspired them.  I have two to give away! Send […]

For more than a century James M. Barrie’s story of the boy who would not grow up has been enchanting families as a play, several theatrical musicals, and in many different television and movie versions. Now the Peter Pan novel […]

In honor of Mother’s Day, my ebook 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers will be free on Amazon through Monday, May 6-9, 2016. No relationship is more primal, more fraught, more influential, more worried over, more nourishing when good and more devastating […]

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