Donald Stratton drops a flower in remembrance from aboard a ship

After three quarters of a century, Donald Stratton remembers December 7, 1941, like it was yesterday. Sitting in his Colorado Springs home, the 95-year-old Navy veteran even recalls what time he had gotten up that morning aboard the USS Arizona.

A surviving copy of De re culinary by Roman gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius.

The best-selling cookbook of 2016 was Ina Garten’s Cooking for Jeffery. Sharing space on that list was Anthony Bourdain’s Appetites, Chrissy Teigan’s Cravings, and Ali Maffucci’s Inspiralized

Early twentieth-century French illustrations for H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, in which Martians attack planet Earth.

Legendary author Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, 1953) broadly described science fiction as “any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet but soon will, and will change everything…” His view may not apply universally to such stories, but it certainly captures the essence of science fiction as a literary genre.

Author Bram Stoker, best known for his classic novel Dracula.

Dracula. The name alone evokes images of pale skin; long fingernails; sharp, mesmeric eyes; and brilliantly white, blood-laced teeth. 

Portrait of Jane Austen

It's a tale as old as time. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Against all odds, the besotted couple overcomes adversity, unites in marriage, and lives happily ever after.

The Western got its start through dime novels that published highly-embellished tales and illustrations.

There is something about the Old American West that has, for years, enthralled people around the world. For some, it’s the freedom inherent in the open landscape; to others, it’s the sense of danger and excitement associated with its untamed, even lawless, atmosphere.

Modern-day plastic chair.

Chances are you are sitting on a chair as you read this edition of the Tribune. Perhaps it’s a plush recliner or a comfortable rocker. Maybe you’re cocooned within a generous wing chair or wedged into a beanbag chair.

(Counterclockwise, from the top) The Downs family, Ray Sr., Sonny, Ina, and Lucille, reunited after their ordeal in May 1942.

Michael Tougias is no stranger to stories of the sea. He’s written well over a dozen books, many of them dealing with nautical disasters and struggles to survive. 

Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

There is a longstanding tradition of books about the passing of wisdom from one generation to the next. At the top of the list, Tuesdays With Morrie is probably the most widely read example of that particular genre.