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Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
read in July, 2009
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A bit into it; despite lots of raving about this member of the canon, I struggle with the narrator's intrusions, though typical of the period. I admire this man's effort to imagine the experience of good woman/girl as victim of a predatory rat, but I ...more
Assembling California by John McPhee
Assembling California
by John McPhee
read in July, 2009
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Fourth in a series which I did not begin, this superbly written account of the geological and human history of California, with particular attention to the development of the theory of plate tectonics, demands a great deal from the reader but offers ...more
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
read in July, 2009
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I've taught this damned book for countless years, read it three times in the last 7, and could read it again tomorrow almost as if for the first time. Despite the despicable characters, this thing is so beautifully crafted, so abounding in unexpected ...more
Me of Little Faith by Lewis Black
Me of Little Faith
by Lewis Black
read in June, 2009
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A gutsy, serious effort by the man who weds hilarious outrage (not outrageous hilarity, though there is some of that, too) to human problems like inexplicable moments and ways of knowing, death, and the bastardization of faith by various forms of org ...more
Evil Genes by Barbara Oakley
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A remarkable compilation of personal experience and research by neurologists, psychologists, sociologists, and psychiatrists, with powerful historical (spanning the ages) examples, this volume argues that the nature side of the nurture-nature argumen ...more
Relativity Visualized by Lewis Carroll Epstein
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Recommended by physics teacher and colleague David, this is a book not for dummies but for those needing models, analogies, and myths to visualize the theory of relativity. Although I consider myself reasonably intelligent, a number of the ideas cont ...more
Escape from Evil by Ernest Becker
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The Meaning of Shakespeare by Harold Clarke Goddard
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The Meaning of Shakespeare, Volume 2 by Harold Clarke Goddard
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Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt
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