Category Archives: American History

Book Review: I Am Rosa Parks

I Am Rosa Parks, by Brad Beltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos Like many people of my generation, I first learned about Rosa Parks thanks to the rap group Outkast.  And while some people were offended by the reference made in … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Martin Luther King Jr.

I Am Martin Luther King Jr., by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos In many ways, this was perhaps the most inevitable selection to be made among the list of heroes that I have read so far.  My own feelings … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Helen Keller

I Am Helen Keller, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos Helen Keller is a fascinating test case when it comes to heroism.  Her relationship with her devoted teacher Anne Sullivan and her resourcefulness in overcoming the problems that resulted … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Neil Armstrong

I Am Neil Armstrong, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos Whether or not Neil Armstrong can qualify as heroic for being an astronaut, it is at least clear that he made one small step for a man but one … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am George Washington

I Am George Washington, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos This is a book that simultaneously comments on Parson Weems and even seems to channel it for itself.  Parson Weems, of course, is the writer who was famous for … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Abraham Lincoln

I Am Abraham Lincoln, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos It is perhaps unfair to judge a book clearly aimed at children by the standards of someone who has read dozens of books about Abraham Lincoln [1].  Yet we … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Counting Crows

I grew up listening to this band’s music all of the time on the radio, and a fair amount of the band’s music is a part of my own personal music collection, and so I worry that my fondness for … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Hall Of Fame: Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan, despite the menacing name, is an easy artist to appreciate.  I grew up listening to a lot of adult contemporary on the radio, at least until my teenage years, when I discovered the joys of post-grunge adult alternative, … Continue reading

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Waiting For It

Today, while I was reading a book, I was struck by something that I had never seen as a problem or difficulty.  Many people are aware of a standard of behavior known as the waiter rule, which lets people know … Continue reading

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Book Review: American Judaism

American Judaism:  A History, by Jonathan D. Sarna As someone who has read the author’s work before [1], I had a good idea of what to expect from the work and I was not either particularly surprised nor disappointed with … Continue reading

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