Catching Fire: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 by Suzanne Collins and Catching Fire: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan
Uncategorized / November 23, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “He suddenly lost concern for himself, and forgot to look at a menacing fate. He became not a man but a member. He felt that something of which he was a part–a regiment, an army, a cause, or a country–was in a crisis. He was welded into a common personality which was dominated by a single desire. For some moments he could not flee, no more than a little finger can commit a revolution from a hand.” (The Red Badge of Courage, Chp. 5, p. 34.)      Henry Fleming, protagonist in The Red Badge of Courage, has a flash of realization that he isn’t really an individual, but only a part of a group; and, in that moment, his self preservation–which previously blinded him to a larger struggle–fled. We’ve heard of the heroics of persons who, forgetting themselves, have run into a burning building to save someone, or jumped under a subway train to save a child. These examples, are undoubtedly, the most noble actions of selflessness. But, as we will see below, selflessness can also be hazardous. [2] BOOK SYNOPSIS: [3]      The book opens about six months after…

The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1, by Suzanne Collins AND The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan
Uncategorized / November 13, 2014

Suzanne Collins book, The Hunger Games, Book 1 in The Hunger Games Trilogy, originally was released in 2008. The movie followed in March of 2012. The book, still popular with readers, can be purchased at most book purveyors. [1] Book Review By: Sharon Powers.    The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, burst onto the scene in 2008, some six years ago. Little did the public realize that this erstwhile dystopian novel would gain such momentum or fill the halls of schools with chatter about a girl named Katniss who lives in a broken-down and poverty-stricken area called District 12.      What is it about this book that has captivated the minds and hearts of teens and pre-teens, and even some adults? After all, the story is about a teenage girl…right? Yes…but there’s so much more.      I can’t wait to talk to you more about this wonderful and exciting story, so I guess we should begin at the beginning. Let’s take a look at the synopsis of the book. BOOK SYNOPSIS:  Katniss and Gale, from the motion picture, The Hunger Games. [2]      As I indicated, above, Katniss (Everdeen) lives in District 12; she lives there with…

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand–This Book-to-Movie Comes to U.S. Theaters Christmas Day, 12-25-14!
Uncategorized / November 6, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers. _______________________ This post is dedicated to LOUIS ZAMPERINI who passed away July 2, 2014, just four short months ago.  _______________________      Adolph Hitler looked on as the last lap of the 5,000 meter Olympic race was being run. He saw a young American run the last lap of the race in a scorching 56 seconds. Later, Adolph Hitler requested to meet that young man. Astonished, Louis was brought to Hitler and introduced. Hitler shook Louis’s hand and said, “Ah, you’re the boy with the fast finish.” [2]      Unclear, is whether Hitler knew that Louis Zamperini shared a room at the 1936 Olympics with Jesse Owens. [3] Or…that after meeting Hitler, Louis was reported as saying, ” I was pretty naive about world politics…and thought he looked funny, like something out of a Laurel and Hardy film, especially the way he stamped his feet and slapped his thighs.” [2] [5]      I suppose young (19 yrs.) Louis thought the Fuhrer was a funny enough guy that he asked some skinny guy to take a picture of him with Hitler. The skinny guy turned out to be Joseph Goebbels. [2] It is, also, not known…