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A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There
Completed shortly before his death in 1948, University of Wisconsin forestry professor Aldo Leopold grants his readers the supreme privilege of seein ...more
Nov 2005
Feb 24, 2008
The Indian Clerk
I cannot recall with clarity how I first became aware of The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt. NPR? Amazon? Whatever the case, I am very glad that I fol ...more
Jan 21, 2008
Feb 10, 2008
The Chosen Highway

I took my nook on pilgrimage, with a whole slew of Bahá'í e-books. I realized after the first day that I wanted to read a first-hand account from a pi

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Dec 17, 2010
The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
In The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems, Fritjof Capra attempts to present a synthesis of systems models as a new (and i ...more
Sep 2005
Feb 10, 2008
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow is what happens when a classic geek extrapolates the cyberpunk future of a reputation-based economy

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Oct 08, 2011
Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests

I did not realize how much I still have to learn about writing good object-oriented (OO) code, and about hewing to a tight test driven development (TD

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May 12, 2012
Talks by Abdu'l-Baha: The Spirit of Christ
Talks by 'Abdu'l-Bahá: The Spirit of Christ is a new arrangement of public and private talks, all previously published in Paris Talks and Promulgation ...more
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Nov 25, 2012
Robe Of Light: The Persian Years Of The Supreme Prophet Baháʾuʾlláh, 1817 1853
There are now many worthy biographies of Bahá'u'lláh available to both the casual and serious student. Choosing from among them can be difficult; than ...more
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Aug 11, 2011
Sense and Sensibility
The opening pages contained such a horrible portrait of nonredeemable people that I put the book down, switching to Anna Karenina. Picking it back up, ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth

E.O. Wilson, one of America's foremost scientists and secular humanists, has
penned a moving appeal for religionist and scientist alike to set aside t

Sep 13, 2009
Sep 12, 2009
The Diamond Age
Back in December, before cold became a four-letter word (as it does every January in Minnesota), I re-read Neal Stephenson’s neo-Victorian novel The D ...more
Jan 04, 2009
Nov 28, 2008
To Move the World: Louis G. Gregory and the Advancement of Racial Unity in America
It was about three years ago, while attending a conference at Green Acre Bahá'í School in Eliot, Maine, that I had the bounty of making a sunrise pilg ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Oct 08, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
**spoiler alert** On the Fourth night, Stephen was finished. Stephen looked around, and he was pleased. For JK Rowling had once again put together a s ...more
Jul 2007
Feb 13, 2008
The Babi and Baha'i Religions: From Messianic Shiism to a World Religion
The Bábí and Bahá’í Religions: From messianic Shi’ism to a world religion is a thoroughly researched, academically rigorous, and yet accessible overvi ...more
Aug 2006
Feb 10, 2008
God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #4)
The first time I picked up God Emperor some years back, I put it back down pretty quickly. It got weird. Too weird. After re-reading the first three D ...more
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Feb 26, 2011
War and Peace
I first fell in love with Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Illych. Several years later I read Anna Karenina, and with it too I was, figuratively speaking, i ...more
Mar 2006
Feb 23, 2008
Racial Unity: An Imperative For Social Progress
The first half of the book carries the reader through the history of race relations, beginning in ancient (western) times, jumping to European expansi ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
Gormenghast (Gormenghast, #2)

Gormenghast – a word that fills the mouth, that undulates with waves of
hard and soft, that tricks the tongue into thinking it can escape with a fadin

Aug 03, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
Love God, Heal Earth: 21 Leading Religious Voices Speak Out on Our Sacred Duty to Protect the Environment
Love God Heal Earth is a compilation of essays, from leaders of 11 religions and denominations, that delve into the religious call for a transition to ...more
Jul 2012
Apr 21, 2012
Prophet's Daughter: The Life and Legacy of Bahiyyih Khanum, Outstanding Heroine of the Baha'i Faith
Bahíyyih Khánum, the Greatest Holy Leaf, daughter of Bahá'u'lláh, can be considered the woman of highest station in her father's faith, and yet the f ...more
Nov 2007
Feb 10, 2008
My Name is Red
Read while not yet having finished Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, I cannot help but compare My Name Is Red to the former work.

Red was more diff
Mar 15, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
Portals to Freedom
More than merely a memoir, Portals to Freedom by Howard Colby Ives is both a loving portrait of a "holy man" and a deeply personal exploration of the ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
The Idiot
"The Chief idea of the novel is to portray the positively good man." This object Dostoyevsky has achieved in his 1869 novel The Idiot. It is the story ...more
Jun 2004
Feb 13, 2008
Demons (Everyman's Library, #182)
Salon is carrying a terrific interview, titled The atheist delusion, with of all people a Catholic theologian. His is an analysis that I've been wanti ...more
Dec 15, 2007
Feb 23, 2008
Fundamental Modeling Concepts: Effective Communication of IT Systems

I have mixed feelings about this book. I've spent several years working diligently on my flow-charting capabilities, using what scan resources I could

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Oct 08, 2010
Midnight's Children
In February I began reading Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children -- a strange sort of historical fiction -- but a trip in early March inserted Orhan P ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
My Name Is Asher Lev
As in painting, so in words, there is a power that transcends our experience of life, a power that can doubly lift us to the sacred and mock us for th ...more
Oct 30, 2008
Oct 31, 2008
The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West
As with any number of non-fictions books I've read lately, Mark Lilla's The Stillborn God is one I'll have to return to in the future for a detailed ...more
Apr 24, 2008
Feb 10, 2008
Advancement of Women: A Bahai Perspective
In this scholarly work, Janet and Peter Khan present the theological grounding, social context, historical action, and modern implementation of the co ...more
May 27, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache
Wisdom Sits in Places is the name of a remarkable little book of linguistic ethnography about "landscape and language among the Western Apache." Writt ...more
Jun 08, 2008
Jun 08, 2008
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