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Book Review: Life Among The Savages

Life Among The Savages, by Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson, if she is remembered at all today, is viewed as an expert in writing creepy short stories like “The Lottery” or horror novels like The Haunting Of Hill House.  But this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Early Morning

Early Morning:  Remembering My Father, William Stafford, by Kim Stafford For some time I have been deeply fond of the poetry of the late poet William Stafford [1], and this book by his son Kim gives a thoughtful and deeply … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy:  A Novel, by Shanthi Sekaran This is possibly the worst novel I have read in some time.  There are bad books that are bad because they are incoherent and lack attention to structure, and there are bad books … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Classic Slow Cooker

The Classic Slow Cooker:  Best Loved Family Recipes To Make Fast And Cook Slow, by Judy Hannemann As someone who is no stranger to cookbooks despite, or maybe because, such reading habits are somewhat unusual for someone in my position … Continue reading

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Book Review: Transactional Analysis In Psychotherapy

Transactional Analysis In Psychotherapy, by Eric Berne, MD This is an interesting book, if you find psychology interesting [1].  Written by the same fellow who wrote the much less technical and much more popular book Games People Play, this book … Continue reading

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On The Downsides Of The State As Surrogate Parent

Despite the manifest failures of paternalistic government as seen around the world, the United States has in its own ways sought to adopt a paternalistic approach when it comes to dealing with abusive and neglectful parents.  It is perhaps ironic … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rocket Girl

Rocket Girl:  The Story Of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist, by George D. Morgan To begin with, this book is a factional/nonfiction novel by the author about his mother.  The writer first wrote a well-regarded play about … Continue reading

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Left Behind

I would like to state at the outset that I am not a believer in the idea of the rapture [1], an idea popularized (though by no means invented) by the novel series Left Behind.  Thankfully, I suppose, I have … Continue reading

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Blizhneye Zarubezhye

In 1992 a term of ominous political importance [1] entered the English language and changed English grammar in the process.  The term was “near abroad,” a translation of the Russian expression “blizhneye zarubezhye,” which referred to the ambiguous place of … Continue reading

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Book Review: How Do Cats Do That?

How Do Cats Do That?:  Discover How Cats Do The Amazing Things They Do, by Peter Scottsdale [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Books Go Social/Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] While I do … Continue reading

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