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What Hollywood’s Missing: Top 3 Books that Should Be Movies

What Hollywood’s Missing: Top 3 Books that Should Be Movies

It seems like nine out of ten movie ideas today come from novels first. Lets face it, it’s good business. The novel sales are boosted when the film comes out, and there’s a built in audience for the movie. But with all the world of fiction at their feet, Hollywood is missing a lot of good possibilities. I’m recommending that instead of adapting the latest Nicholas Sparks book, Hollywood chooses one of these hidden gems:

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange

We all knew it would happen someday. Pride and Prejudice sequels have been popular for years, and the current fascination with vampires have finally merged into one. Amanda Grange, known for other Jane Austen related books such as Mr. Darcy’s Diary and Captain Wentworth’s Diary, works over what we know about Darcy.

The reason that Mr. Darcy is so stand-offish and prideful is that he is hiding a secret, and has been for centuries (yes, Grange does explain Wickam’s “growing up” with Darcy). The book is pretty outlandish, but in the pure fun and escapist way that makes it great beach reading. With her success at already playing Elizabeth Bennet once, I say that Kiera Knightly should continue the trend.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

One of my favorite books as a young girl, True Confessions is the tale of a privileged young girl crossing the Atlantic in the 1800s. During the crossing, the sailors mutiny against the cruel Captain. Charlotte is unwillingly drawn into the conflict and is eventually charged with the murder of the captain. Charlotte must grow up quickly, stand up for herself and embrace a life more than her boarding schools have prepared her for.

With the fairly recent success of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies and the push to have stronger roles for young women, now is the perfect time to make this into a film! It’s got adventure, heart, and a message that isn’t used as a club for the viewer. I think Emma Watson has the right balance of beauty, brains, and acting skill to bring this role to life.

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

This is without a doubt one of the strangest books I’ve ever read. It’s wrapped up in three distinct story lines that play off of each other. The main protagonist finds a manuscript of a thesis about a documentary that doesn’t exist. As he becomes obsessed about the manuscript he slowly starts to loose his mind. ONe of the most unique parts of the book is that as Johnny Truant’s mind becomes unhinged, the writing style and even the typescript of the book reflects it (look here for a good example of the crazy typeset and a more in depth review of the book).

While I think it would be incomprehensible to try and film the entire novel, the fictional documentary, The Navidson Report, would make a fascinating movie. It is the story of a family that realized their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Their lives change drastically when one day they wake up with a new door in the living room. What follows is an intense trek through the hidden depths of the house.

In my mind, Viggo Mortensen is perfect for the role of Will Navidson, the owner of the house in question. He’s a brave, sometimes foolhardy man who is so obsessed about the strange happenings in his house that he puts himself, and his family at risk. Mortensen has the emotional depth and the physical stamina to play such a challenging role.

While these gems have not yet been adapted, give it a few years. We’ll see what Hollywood can do.…

Review of Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology

Review of Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology

As a whole, Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology was truly a joy to read! Full of grit, grime and unexpected heroes, it kept me turning the pages. With the price set at $0.99 it is a STEAL. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for some new paranormal authors or wanting some inside information from the stories you already love…this is one you must pick up!

Marion, Missing by Rachel Caine

I was surprised by the setting. It is not very often we take a step back in time to when segregation was law . The surprise ended up being a pleasant one with even more surprises. Not a traditional ghost story, but one that left me with a sense of content. I loved the sense of good vs true evil and man, was her bad guy nasty! It was brutal, sweet and unexpected! I liked it!!

4.5/5
Femme Fatale by Cynthia Eden

A vampire love story with much to offer, Femme Fatale was a fun read. I was quickly swept up with the characters and was surprised with the amount of backstory we learned about Mick and Savannah in such a short time. Fast paced and full of action, I truly enjoyed this story!

4/5
Dance with the Devil by Megan Hart

Hmmm. I honestly liked the concept of this story, but didn’t care of the characters. And not just because Kathleen was a hard character to like. The inability of these characters to stand up to the Devil and to continue to do his bidding and self-destruct themselves in the process left me a tad uncomfortable.

3/5
The Consort by Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson writes characters that always seem to just “fit” with me. Always a little quirky and well defined, these are the types of characters that stay with you long after you flip the last page. The Consort was a great story and a deeper look in fae politics for those that follow her New Orleans Sentinels series. Well done and I want more!

4.5/5
Heart’s Blood by Jeffe Kennedy, a Twelve Kingdoms novella

I have read some previous books by Jeffe Kennedy and they have left me with the same kind of feeling as Heart’s Blood. A little bit confused and equally uncomfortable. Pieces of this tale had me cringing inside and it certainly contains some trigger areas. (rape / animal death) The author did sell me in the end. The ending was quite beautiful and did leave me with a good feeling.

3.5/5
The Djinn in the Mirror by Mina Khan, a Djinn World Novella

Khan created a wonderfully detailed and deep story in this short. A great story with wonderful characters. The Djinn in the Mirror held me captive and still left me wanting more. An interesting story about our individual strengths and how we choose what to do with them. Everyone has the potential to be a positive or negative force in their life. This story also had a great dark side to it with Edgar. Learning a bit of his backstory truly made you wish for his destruction!

4.5/5
As an overall rating for the Anthology I am rating it a solid 4/5 Bullets!

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Book Review ~ Alphas of Seduction

Book Review ~ Alphas of Seduction

Overall, I give this set 4 stars. Some stories were AWESOME, some were ok. It is a great anthology however, for a great cause and for that alone I would purchase

Thread Bare ~ Victoria Blue: My first thought when reading this story was meh not really feeling it. This story did not hold my attention at all. It did have a good start and I would have loved more.
Always and Forever ~ M. Clarke: Hmmm a female Alpha. Crystal must have Max and goes full force after him. Hooked from the beginning of this steamy story.
Little Tease ~ Avery Flynn: Short but oh so hot. Love the best friend’s little sis turn lover. So far, my favorite.
Lost Seduction~ Anissa Garcia: Holy hell hot. Woman expects escort but that is sooooo not what she gets. I think my kindle caught on fire.
Seducing Sophia ~ Jenna Jacob: Oh I love when a rocker falls and Burk fell HARD. A manwhore only because he is trying to get the one he really wants out of his system. Short, secy & very heated. I want MORE.
Just a Little Mischief ~ Isabella LaPearl: Yowzers! Tease! I want more! Short and hot as h***. Georgia is looking to loose her virginity and hot, mysterious Brian in a bar is the one to do it. One night of amazing sex, then she disappears. WHAT???? More… please give me more.
Picked Up ~ Mickey Miller: Short and ummmm sweet? NOT. Hot but with a twist that was kind of expected. One night stand… maybe?? Maybe not.
The Secret Note ~ Lauren Rowe: Ok, this is now my favorite. I loved Ben and his Aussie hotness. Shy and what? How is he still a virgin? Kayler, who is a wildfire decides to go after Ben. Fast forward 7 years and they pick up right where they left off, only now Ben is more experienced and is determined to have Kayler in his life forever.
Hard as Stone ~ K.M. Scott: An interesting short. I see this one developing into more. It was just to short and left me hanging. Playboy Ethan meets nice girl Summer, results in an explosion.
Red & White ~ Sierra Simone: Yowzers hot! MFF and oh what a very very naughty combo it ended up being.

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Awesome Books About Butterflies for Pre-Kindergarteners

Awesome Books About Butterflies for Pre-Kindergarteners

Need a butterfly book for your Pre-Kindergarten story time session? Well then, you may want to check out my list. It contains a brief summary of various tomes that are ideal for reinforcing lessons about butterflies. Here it is:

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

When I worked in a preschool setting, Eric Carle’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was a “must read” for several reasons. First, the kids adored it. Second, it explains the basics of a caterpillar’s life cycle in rudimentary terms. You may want to consider pairing it with Lois Ehlert’s book “Waiting for Wings.” It covers the same topic, only with the use of rhyme. Like Carle’s book, the illustrations are bold and well done too.

“Where the Butterflies Grow”

Joanne Ryder’s book “Where the Butterflies Grow” is another one to consider. Based on my experience, it is useful for expanding upon discussions about how butterflies are formed. I also love the book for its detailed illustrations and text. You could feasibly pair it with the “How a Butterfly Grows” wooden puzzle available for purchase through School Specialty Publishing or with life cycle handouts.

“A Butterfly is Patient”

If you want to teach your children about the world’s wide array of butterflies, Dianna Hutts Aston’s book “A Butterfly is Patient” is an excellent way to start. It also touches on issues of butterfly behavior such as how they use their wings. I appreciated the illustrations too. I like to utilize her book in conjunction with Brian Cassie’s “The Butterfly Alphabet Book.” It has a similar focus.

“How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects”

Although it is not totally butterfly focused, Ruth Hellers’ book “How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects” would make an excellent choice as well. What I liked about the book is that it talks about how butterflies and other creatures use camouflage to their advantage. Thus, it would pair well with a science related discussion or activity based on the same topic.

“Adios Oscar!: A Butterfly Fable”

If you want an adorable way to introduce the subject of butterfly migration, I’d recommend grabbing a copy of “Adios Oscar!: A Butterfly Fable.” Its storyline focuses on a soon-to-be butterfly and his plans to migrate to Mexico with his comrades. It would pair perfectly with several other books about the same topic. Some of my favorites are Monica Brown’s “Butterflies on Carmen Street” and Crystal Ball O’Connor’s “Jake and the Migration of the Monarch.”

“Caterpillar Dreams”

Last on my list is Jeanne Willis’ book “Caterpillar Dreams.” In my opinion, it is a great book to utilize when explaining the differences between butterflies and moths. You could also technically use it as a jumping off point for discussions about cultural diversity and individuality.

Source: Personal Experience

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Book Review ~ Reviving Olivia by Becca Jameson

Book Review ~ Reviving Olivia by Becca Jameson

HOLY S***! That sums this book up in two words. I just thought the other six in this series got their claw into me, nope. Reviving Olivia was like a drug. I had to finish, I could not put it down, I could not sleep until it was over. Everything comes together and I was speechless. Olivia is the key, the question is what does she unlock. She was a nurse who was frozen but wasn’t sick. Why? What does she have to do with everything? No spoilers I promise. Damon is responsible for keeping her safe. He was responsible for bringing everyone else back to life, but can he keep her alive. Almost from the time Olivia woke from her coma Damon was drawn to her. Next is Spencer, he is the hacker of the group and use to work for the enemy. Shy in a way, and he craves both Damon and Olivia. He is there because there are questions about Olivia’s past. Particularly who is she really. The heat between these three is off the charts! Is that because of adrenaline or is there something between them. The goal is to stay alive then maybe just maybe they can explore more.

This series is best read in order as each has info that leads into the next. If you want to start this series, Reviving Emily is the first and is currently free on Amazon.

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Book Review: “Cracks in the Pavement” by Elizabeth McDougall

Book Review: “Cracks in the Pavement” by Elizabeth McDougall

Historical novels often lend themselves to dreary descriptions of things from the past interrupted by brief character action; Elizabeth McDougall’s novel, The Cracks in the Pavement, is something else entirely. Although it encompasses a time period covering both World War II and the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya, this beautifully written novel is a study in characters so lifelike, readers will come to feel attached to the Kingston family of the novel as to their own friends, leaving the book wondering what happened to them.

Although the novel centers on Mardy, the headstrong youngest daughter of a colonial family as she grows up in pre-independence Kenya, each member of the Kingston family draws the reader in with his or her own story. Set amidst the turbulence of World War II, the family’s adventures cannot help but be affected by the political milieu in which they occur. And yet it is the family dramas that draw us into this fascinating novel. Never once are we conscious of the “historical importance” of the story; instead, it provides a backdrop for the family conflicts, settler crises, and way of life integral to the story. Where other novelists insert dogs and cats, McDougall instead has bush babies, lions, and dikdiks.

Mardy’s relationship with her mother forms a central theme of the novel. Like many young girls, not just those growing up in Kenya, she finds herself in constant conflict with Edwina, her mother. Edwina has her own demons to confront, and in the end, a dramatic turn of events will impact the lives of both mother and daughter. Along the way, we see Mardy as she grows up, from impertinent toddler peaking through the neighboring hedge to convent school (where the nuns have their own challenges with Mardy) on to life as a young woman falling in love. Every step in Mardy’s journey is an unfolding of her character and an expansion of family life for the reader.

This is not only a story of colonial settlers, however. McDougall gives full development to the Kikuyus with whom the family interacts. Nursemaid and companion Brigid is as vividly drawn as other Kingston family members. Indeed one of the author’s greatest writing gifts is the full development and personality given to even minor characters in her novel, whether they be schoolyard friends or gardeners. McDougall also handles with Mau Mau rebellion with a deft hand, helping readers understand how it arose and its impact on Kenyan society generally.

The Cracks in the Pavement is a wonderful book about family conflict and the enduring love that exists within a family. It is about weathering hard times together, and growing as individuals. It’s about mothers and daughters, personality clashes and longstanding friendship. In short, Elizabeth McDougall has crafted a wonderful story of a young girl growing up and into herself. That it all happens to be set in colonial Kenya is just icing on the cake. It’s easy to believe, with McDougall’s writing skills, that this story could have been set in any time period in any country and still be as beloved by readers. For readers of The Cracks in the Pavement, there’s nothing dreary in this historical novel’s setting. Instead, life seems to jump off every page.

The Cracks in the Pavement
Elizabeth McDougall

ISBN: 978-1419634796

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION:
This content was based upon a free review copy the Contributor received.

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Book Review: “The Host” by Stephanie Meyers

Book Review: “The Host” by Stephanie Meyers

The Host is an amazing sci-fi novel. Set in the note to distant future Stephanie Meyer has outdone herself again in an amazing genre.

The Host is an amazing work of art where the main Character Melanie Stryder has been taken by an alien race set to take over the human race and annihilate it and make it a perfect sibilant planet, to stop all wrong, make everything peaceful, and run smooth. Medical care is far improved and so far out of human understanding that most anything can be fixed except Melanie Stryder who is a host for one of the life forms taking over the earth, but Melanie is not giving up her body without a fight and leads her host on an adventure that shows it that not everything they have found is bad in a world that does not seem to really need a lot of fixing. Swirled into the adventure is Jared, Melanie’s love who is one of the people managing to dodge becoming a carrier of a host himself as he helps lead a group of people living deep in the Arizona desert between Tucson and Phoenix. While Melanie pushes the creature inside her with her strong emotional draw and care of her little brother and Jared she learns to work with and help teach these hidden people and learns how to help them survive, in the meantime the question always looms through out the book…. What to do with the creature buried deep in her neural net, how to possibly separate it from Melanie and allow her to reunite fully with Jared.

It’s a page turning, PG novel that is certainly a good read for anyone wanting a good novel without the need for the sex sells industry. I picked it up by chance seeing it on a shelf at a bookstore and thinking I’dd give it a go since its by the same author that brought us the Twilight Sage, and if you check the publish date it was published in the middle of the Twilight Saga. Pick it up give it a read and pass it on to a friend.

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Book Review: “Stop Working…Start Living: How I Retired at 36 Without Winning the Lottery”

Book Review: “Stop Working…Start Living: How I Retired at 36 Without Winning the Lottery”

As you can tell from my (arguably generous) “three-and-a-half-star” rating of this book, I do “like” it. Indeed, I deem it a somewhat more engaging read than many (but not all) other, comparable “early retirement” books I’ve encountered.

In fact, being myself (at age 54) an “early/frugal retiree” for six years already, I can personally relate to many commonsense things the lovely Diane Nahirny advocates throughout her narrative [the earliest portions of which comprise largely autobiographical content (regarding the phases of Ms. Nahirny’s own gradual emergence from “wage slavery” to “early retirement”) that just might inspire you to yawn rather than cheer]. Just as Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin (in their 1993 bestseller Your Money or Your Life [ISBN: 0140167153]) generally advocated distinguishing between your actual requirements and your fleeting desires, Ms. Nahirny makes clear her belief that needs and wants aren’t always synonymous. Analogously, she stresses what most of us already know (but don’t necessarily practice): continual “comparison shopping” and “frugal living” are equally important for stretching–and living within–one’s budget.

I appreciate how Ms. Nahirny enthusiastically cites examples of her having maximized the use of such things as freebies and credit-card perks, not to mention consumer-product rebates, special offers, or coupons. Believe me, I can relate; indeed, in the current economic climate, many folks could do worse than to review the assortment of consumer tips to be gleaned from a patiently attentive reading of this book (not that Ms. Nahirny’s collective advice in that vein even remotely approaches the breadth of what Amy Dacyczyn had already compiled three years earlier in The Complete Tightwad Gazette [0375752250])

However, in the spirit of providing a “reality check”, I feel inclined to point out several cold facts to prospective readers of Ms. Nahirny’s book.

First, “American” (i.e., U.S.) readers should bear in mind that Ms. Nahirny is a Canadian, and therefore her routine health-care expenditures are surely only a fraction of what they’d be were she to purchase the typical American’s level of health insurance. (We’ve all heard of the “free” national health care available to all Canadian citizens.) Mind you, I myself spend only about $90 monthly for my American health insurance, but that only buys a rather bare-bones, “$5,000-deductible” policy. Hence, even though I’m in good health (knock on wood!) and generally only require a tiny handful of visits to the doctor yearly, between those inescapable, ever-rising insurance premiums and the rare office visits, I still end up spending at least a “noteworthy” sum for health care annually. [I dread to think about the sum that any comparably frugal American having major, chronic health issues must spend! And, in this election year, I can’t fathom how obdurate many fellow Americans–including more than a few having only modest and precarious sources of income–remain regarding the very notion of a significant revision of the fundamentally “for-profit” nature of this nation’s health care system. Many ordinary folks seemingly have had fewer and less strenuous objections to being heavily taxed to fund an ill-advised, unwarranted, destructive, protracted invasion of a “harmless” nation than being taxed to fund sensible health care coverage for themselves and their fellow citizens… but that controversial topic is fodder for another day, another post.]

Furthermore, U.S. readers should bear in mind the modest-yet-noteworthy monetary difference between Canadian and American dollars. On pages 98 through 101, Ms. Nahirny discusses her net worth, and she states that, as of 2000, it had risen to $300,000, which, in American dollars (as of this writing) would actually be roughly equivalent to “only” $293,333.90. Furthermore, she makes clear that her equity in her house (amounting to $170,000) made up the largest portion of her net worth. In other words, the REST of her assets amounted to only $130,000 (Canadian), which would be equivalent to only $127,094.49 (American). [Note that these monetary discrepancies were substantially greater a mere year or so ago, before the U.S. dollar’s newsworthy plummeting.] In any case, “do the math” (not omitting inflation and taxation, and factoring a realistic, safe rate of return on assets), and you’ll quickly perceive that that amount of money (starting in the year 2000) wasn’t likely to finance genuine retirement for any “middleclass” citizen in Canada–much less the USA–for another three decades or longer. [If I’m missing something here, somebody please bring it to my attention.] Of course, Ms. Nahirny could always sell her house and thereby derive more interest income per year; but she doesn’t sound inclined to do so any time soon. Therefore, take her touted claim of being literally “retired” with the proverbial grain of salt. “Semi-retired” would seem more accurate. I suspect she’ll be continuing to engage in some part-time employment for years to come–unless, that is, she’s received an inheritance (or other windfall) since her book was published …

Book Review: “Cracks in the Pavement” by Elizabeth McDougall

Historical novels often lend themselves to dreary descriptions of things from the past interrupted by brief character action; Elizabeth McDougall’s novel, The Cracks in the Pavement, is something else entirely. Although it encompasses a time period covering both World War II and the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya, this beautifully written novel is a study in characters so lifelike, readers will come to feel attached to the Kingston family of the novel as to their own friends, leaving the book wondering what happened to them.

Although the novel centers on Mardy, the headstrong youngest daughter of a colonial family as she grows up in pre-independence Kenya, each member of the Kingston family draws the reader in with his or her own story. Set amidst the turbulence of World War II, the family’s adventures cannot help but be affected by the political milieu in which they occur. And yet it is the family dramas that draw us into this fascinating novel. Never once are we conscious of the “historical importance” of the story; instead, it provides a backdrop for the family conflicts, settler crises, and way of life integral to the story. Where other novelists insert dogs and cats, McDougall instead has bush babies, lions, and dikdiks.

Mardy’s relationship with her mother forms a central theme of the novel. Like many young girls, not just those growing up in Kenya, she finds herself in constant conflict with Edwina, her mother. Edwina has her own demons to confront, and in the end, a dramatic turn of events will impact the lives of both mother and daughter. Along the way, we see Mardy as she grows up, from impertinent toddler peaking through the neighboring hedge to convent school (where the nuns have their own challenges with Mardy) on to life as a young woman falling in love. Every step in Mardy’s journey is an unfolding of her character and an expansion of family life for the reader.

This is not only a story of colonial settlers, however. McDougall gives full development to the Kikuyus with whom the family interacts. Nursemaid and companion Brigid is as vividly drawn as other Kingston family members. Indeed one of the author’s greatest writing gifts is the full development and personality given to even minor characters in her novel, whether they be schoolyard friends or gardeners. McDougall also handles with Mau Mau rebellion with a deft hand, helping readers understand how it arose and its impact on Kenyan society generally.

The Cracks in the Pavement is a wonderful book about family conflict and the enduring love that exists within a family. It is about weathering hard times together, and growing as individuals. It’s about mothers and daughters, personality clashes and longstanding friendship. In short, Elizabeth McDougall has crafted a wonderful story of a young girl growing up and into herself. That it all happens to be set in colonial Kenya is just icing on the cake. It’s easy to believe, with McDougall’s writing skills, that this story could have been set in any time period in any country and still be as beloved by readers. For readers of The Cracks in the Pavement, there’s nothing dreary in this historical novel’s setting. Instead, life seems to jump off every page.

The Cracks in the Pavement
Elizabeth McDougall

ISBN: 978-1419634796

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION:
This content was based upon a free review copy the Contributor received.

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Hemingway’s Fish Tales for the Summer – A Book Review of Hemingway in Cuba, by Hilary Hemingway & Carlene Brennen

Fiction is my fancy, and I do not usually read many biographies because I feel they are boring or leave me feeling that I’ve read something completely inaccurate. However, I recently had the pleasure of reading a well written and rather entertaining biography. Hemingway in Cuba, by Hilary Hemingway and Carlene Brennen, is a biography that would be worth adding to your summer reading list. Whether you’re a fan of Ernest Hemingway, a Sports Fisherman, interested in Cuba’s past, or just love to read about true-life adventure, this book is a pleasurable read.

Hemingway in Cuba was printed in 2005 so it is not a new biography; it has been in stores and Libraries for two years now. The book is filled with old photographs of Ernest Hemingway’s fishing adventures, friends, and places in Cuba he frequently visited. I knew that Ernesto was a Sportsman, but until I read this book, I had no idea that he had such a passion for fishing. The fish tales told here are unlike any I have ever read. Hilary Hemingway, his niece and co-author of this biography, has a wonderful gift of narrative.

I became so wrapped up in the descriptions she gave of her Uncle, that by the time I was half way through the book, an entire evening had passed me by. According to Hilary Hemingway and Carlene Brennen, Ernesto’s life in Cuba was his inspiration for some of his novels. The Old Man and the Sea, To Have and Have Not, and Islands in the Stream are a few of Hemingway’s novels that have characters who are startling similar to Ernest’s Cuban fishing-adventure companions. The authors of this book have done an excellent job of tying excerpts from Ernest Hemingway’s novels to his real-life adventures in Cuba.

After reading Hemingway in Cuba I had a better understanding of why Ernest Hemingway came to call Cuba his home, and what the island was like before the American trade embargo. Hilary Hemingway was able to give intimate details about some of the fishing excursions and conversations that occurred during Ernesto’s life in Cuba. These details were gathered through access to a plethora of information in the form of letters, journals, books and photos left at Ernest’s home in Cuba: Finca Vigia. The Finca Vigia is now a Museum where select scholars and tourists can go to get a better understanding of Ernest Hemingway’s way of life.

I encourage the Adventurers, Big-Game Fisherman, Hemingway Fans, Cuban Americans, or biography buffs to read Hemingway in Cuba. If you don’t enjoy it maybe you’ll walk away with some interesting new images and fish tales in your head. I know that I now have a better understanding of Deep Sea fishing and the adventurous writer who spent so much time enjoying the sport in the waters surrounding the beautiful island.

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