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posted "Why read what matters?" about The Edge of the precipice: Why read literature in the digital age.   24 hours ago
Why read what matters?
This slim fast-reading collection of essays tackles the title question from many perspectives along two main tangents.      The
posted "Google is for this" about Life's imponderables: The answers to civilization's most perplexing questions.   July 19
Google is for this
Other than the fact that I review every book I read, I might have skipped writing a review of this omnibus collection of "Imponderables.". B
posted "Adventure stories with a serious bite" about Death dance: True life and death adventures from Alaska to Africa.   July 13
Adventure stories with a serious bite
Nolan is a wildlife biologist, filmmaker, guide, and adventure junkie who has worked for years in Alaska and Africa.  Along the way he has writte
review of 11/22/63: A Novel, "Pay it backward" was complimented.   July 10
rated Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy a 5.0.   July 09
posted "You can go home again--but it might not be a good idea" about Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy.   July 09
You can go home again--but it might not
You know how in a Dickens novel pretty much every thing works out happily in the end?  Yeah, that doesn't happen here.  Hardy followed u
review of Beatles vs. Stones, "Not much masquerading as something" was complimented.   June 28
posted "Not much masquerading as something" about Beatles vs. Stones.   June 28
Not much masquerading as something
The title might suck you in like it did me in this intertwined thumbnail parallel sketch of the careers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.  A
added and rated Beatles vs. Stones a -1.0.   June 28
review of 1913: In search of the world before the Great War, "The uninevitable" was complimented.   June 24
posted "The uninevitable" about 1913: In search of the world before the Great War.   June 24
The uninevitable
Cataclysmic events like the Great War cause us to see the history of the time immediately preceding only in the light of the events that followed.  Th
added and rated 1913: In search of the world before the Great War a 3.0.   June 24
posted "What's in a name? Thomas Hardy's Dickens gone Wilde" about The Hand of Ethelberta.   June 19
What's in a name? Thomas Hardy's Dickens
Hardy tries his hand at a "comedy in chapters" in this outting.  It actually sold better in serial form than Far from the Madding Crowd
added and rated The Hand of Ethelberta a 3.0.   June 19
posted "Worlds apart: Christianity divided to conquer the world" about Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years.   June 14
Worlds apart: Christianity divided to co
MacCulloch's massive one volume history of the religion based on the man and the mission of Jesus Christ is imaginative, insightful, and mostly ma
posted "Music history allegro" about The story of music: from Babylon to the Beatles: How music has shaped civilization.   May 08
Music history allegro
Goodall spans the entire history of music (including why musical notations like allegro are in Italian) in just over 300 small format pages.   Th
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