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Book Review: The English Reader

The English Reader:  What Every Literate Person Needs To Know, selected and introduced by Michael Ravitch & Diane Ravitch I have long been fascinated, even if I find much to disagree with, concerning the practice of some writers to demand … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Myth Of The Lost Cause 1865-1900

The Myth Of The Lost Cause 1865-1900, by Rollin G. Osterweis One of the strange asymmetries that one finds when it comes to the lost cause is that those who practice it do not mention it, while those that label … Continue reading

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Book Review: Brian’s Hunt

Brian’s Hunt, by Gary Paulsen This book was something that I read as a result of a challenge from some friends of mine I was visiting yesterday (as I write this) after Pentecost services.  As it happens, the only other … Continue reading

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Book Review: Colette

Colette, by Nicole Ward Jouve One of the tragedies of this book is the way that the author demonstrates the difficulty of moving beyond the dichotomies that are so common in categorizing people.  Colette herself as a writer has been … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gigi And The Cat

Gigi And The Cat, by Colette This book is a collection of two novellas, both of which give some idea of the sharp-eyed way that the author was able to look at the lives of characters in less than ideal … Continue reading

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Book Review: Flatterland

Flatterland:  Like Flatland, Only More So, by Ian Stewart This is why we can’t have any nice things.  This book is a sign of why it is that our times are not nearly as good as the late Victorian period.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: One Hundred Best Books For Children

One Hundred Best Books For Children:  A Parent’s Guide To Making The Right Choices For Your Young Reader:  Toddler to Pretreen, by Anita Silvey This book is a relatively short one at a bit more than 150 pages, and it … Continue reading

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Book Review: One Hundred Best Books

One Hundred Best Books With Commentary And Essay On Books And Reading by John Cowper Powys How do you determine the best books?  What sort of criteria would you use?  In our age where people have varying opinions and definitions … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mark

The Mark, by Simon Maltman [Note:  This book was given free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] What does the title of this book refer to?  It is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Havana Noir

Havana Noir, edited by Achy Obejas As someone who has become accustomed to reading a fair amount of noir literature, it is useful to reflect upon the ways that noir is both very general and very context-specific.  Whatever sort of … Continue reading

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