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The Whiskey Rebels
I vaguely remembered the Whiskey Rebellion against excise taxes leveled in the post revolutionary war period. The gist of what I recalled was that whi ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
Sesame and Lilies
Be forewarned of the sexism of the book: Kate Millett's Sexual Politics and the commentary is helpful in identifying the toxicology of this little vol ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
The Library at Night
This is a book every bibliophile should own. He's probably my newest favorite author, for his writing reads as easily as fiction leading us through a ...more
May 10, 2014
Oct 07, 2013
The Historian
The Historian is an international best seller about Drakula. It was the title and the blurb about a young woman exploring her father’s library that ca ...more
May 02, 2012
May 03, 2012
Well it is hard not to yield to the temptation to summarize this book which sticks in my mind nearly 30 years after reading it for the first time. It ...more
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Apr 10, 2011
Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton
Thankfully I didn't buy this book-- I "rented" it, based on the title it shares with a great PBS series about Isaac Newton. The novel is a mystery wor ...more
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Apr 20, 2011
Spiritual and Demonic Magic: From Ficino to Campanella
This book is an ongoing conversation about neoplatonism and magic which probably took place in the context of the Warburg Institute between Dame Yates ...more
Jun 13, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
This book is somewhere between history and true crime writing. I read it because Daniel Burnham, creator of the Chicago World's Fair was Swedenborgian ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
The Lore of the Unicorn
I started on this book which has long been on my shelf because the unicorn has Christological overtones. While a horse person, I have never had any da ...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
Jude the Obscure
**spoiler alert** Technically this is a reread, but I haven't returned to reading Thomas Hardy since I was in highschool, to the best of my recollecti ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
Doctor Franklin's Medicine
I liked this book because I had forgotten much of what I had learned about Ben Franklin outside of his electrical experiments and his printing press. ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 05, 2012
Medicine and Society in America: 1660-1860
**spoiler alert** This is a book I might return to, but it doesn't address many of the topics I am looking for.
Just some notes on what I found interes
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Aug 16, 2012
Isaac Newton and the Transmutation of Alchemy: An Alternative View of the Scientific Revolution
I am revising this review after reading M. Purver, a source Mr. Fanning relies upon heavily.
I couldn't resist yet another book on Isaac Newton and alc
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
The Crimson Rooms
This a a posthumously published romance, which L'Engle marketed as ya when she was alive. Like most of her fiction, it explores the nature of love thr ...more
Mar 03, 2012
May 17, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This is one of the best written books I have ever read, riveting, compassionate, and informative. It tells of the brief life of Henrietta Lacks, desce ...more
Nov 06, 2011
Nov 06, 2011
The Escapement (Engineer Trilogy, #3)
Having read the engineer Trilogy in total I really enjoyed K.J. Parker and would read more. It is similar to Stephenson's Trilogy, except that it does ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 07, 2014
The Circle
Minor Spoiler Alert: I didn't think this was a well written book, but then our protagonist, Mae, is somewhat vapid, intentionally... Having escaped a ...more
Mar 02, 2015
Dec 02, 2013
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
I didn't enjoy reading this book very much, since rape, scalping and gruesome disfigurement aren't really my cuppa tea. And it goes on for pages and p ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone, #6)
This was fascinating, and steeped in the unknown history of China, something rarely covered in American education. I've actually had some previous exp ...more
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 20, 2014
Father's Arcane Daughter
I gave this a very high rating awhile back and did not bother to explain myself. It remains one of my favorite books of all time because the arcane da ...more
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Apr 10, 2011
The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution
I loved this book beyond measure, and I am considering writing my first letter to a living author to thank them for their contribution to my life. Thi ...more
May 29, 2014
Jul 09, 2011
A Second Way of Knowing: The Riddle of Human Perception
This is a very dated book-apparently the term mouse was not in current usage at the time it was written, nor were voice activated phones and gps in co ...more
May 15, 2011
May 17, 2011
The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance
Initially I chose this book as an aid to understanding DP Walkers Spiritual and Demonic Magic. It has lived up to that purpose. I was fascinated by ex ...more
Sep 2012
Jun 13, 2012
Alchemy: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul
I would not have read this book in graduate school, where I was trained to read the introduction and the conclusion first, and to look carefully at th ...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
This is in part another vampire novel reflecting some new madness in my reading patterns. The heroine is an historian of alchemy, so putting up with a ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain--and How it Changed the World
This is largely devoted to the study of Willis and his associates who formed one of the contingents of the early Royal Society. Willis is the father o ...more
Aug 2014
Sep 01, 2014
Empress of Earth (Roads of Heaven, #3)
This was the weakest of the trilogy which I found myself rereading for the umpteenth time. It's is rife with emblems and some aspects of alchemy, and ...more
Nov 30, 2011
May 09, 2011
Mosses from an Old Manse and Other Stories
This is an anthology of short stories some of them familiar from freshman english classes. I enjoyed revisiting Young Goodman Brown, Rappuccini's Daug ...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Darke Hierogliphicks: Alchemy In English Literature From Chaucer To The Restoration
I borrowed this book through interlibrary loan, given that alchemy books can be very uneven in quality. I had to renew it because it was so rich in in ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
Life Eternal (Dead Beautiful, #2)
These novels kept me obsessively flipping pages, and odd choice during Easter week because they are about the Undead. I've been on a vampire novel bin ...more
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 28, 2012