Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day! Are you enjoying this third day of the weekend?
It is National Hugging Day! Have you given anyone a hug yet today? If not, go do it now! No…wait! You can wait until you finish reading this blog first and then go hug a few people. Hugging does remarkable things. Hugging is a universal medicine, like laughter. It has been shown in scientific studies that the touch of a loved one can increase the amount of hemoglobin in blood which can help speed healing. Hugging can help decrease depression, provide a more robust mental stability, reduce stress, help steady sleep patterns, and boost the immune system. That is not all hugs have been proven to do either. Hugging is also known to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure. Studies have shown that hugs can make you happier and more relaxed by increasing the hormone oxytocin, which reduces anxiety. Hugging a loved one produces serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These are mood lifting hormones. So go hug someone you love and make you both feel a bit better!
Some of the writers born on this day include:
Eliza Roxcy Snow (1804), Imre Madách (1825), Ludwig Thoma (1867), Vahan Tekeyan (1878), Olav Aukrust (1883), Eva Ibbotson (1925), and Louis Menand (1952).
On January 21, 1924 the English actor, comedian, and singer Benny Hill was born. He left us in 1992.
Also celebrating a birthday today is the actress Geena Davis who turns 57 today.
The French filmmaker and innovator Georges Méliès passed away on this day in 1938. This name has been brought back into the public consciousness by the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and it’s film adaptation Hugo. He is featured in this book and film as one of the main characters and the history of this filmmaker is an important part of the plot.
The British writer George Orwell died on this day in 1950. He is best known for his dystopian novel 1984 that was published originally in 1949 and also known for his 1945 novella Animal Farm. Together these two books have sold more copies than any two books by any other 20th-century author.
Today’s highlighted title is Blood Harvest by Brant Randall. This hardcover book is 285 pages long. Blood Harvest is set in 1929 Massachusetts. We have new copies in stock for a mere $5.75, saving you 71% off of the retail price. Amazon gives the following short description of the book:
What drives a small town in New England in the late 1920s to lynch a man? Immigrant Nick DeCosta’s skill as a wine grower makes him a fortune as a moonshiner and puts him at odds with the ’shine sales of the MacKay clan, even though he’s wed to their wild youngest daughter. Is this the real reason he is lynched? And who is the second corpse in the woods?