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The Mormonizing of America by Stephen Mansfield
"Bashing Joseph Smith

With two Mormon candidates for US president in this election (now only one) the Mormon Church has received an unusual amount of news coverage, much of it negative. The Mormon or LDS Church is one of the fastest growing religio..." Read more of this review »
The Mormonizing of America by Stephen Mansfield
"It quickly became apparent that “Pastor” Stephen Mansfield had an agenda in the writing of this supposed scholarly analysis of “How the Mormon religion became a dominant force in politics, entertainment, and pop culture.” The tone of this book thr..." Read more of this review »
Last Post by Max Arthur
"Thank goodness for authors such as Max Arthur (and Lyn MacDonald, among others), who succeeded in obtaining oral histories from WWI veterans, individuals who usually were understandably unwilling to talk about their experiences. In Last Post, Arth..." Read more of this review »
Last Post by Max Arthur
" What a beautiful review! I love Max Arthur for his Faces of World War I, and Last Post sounds like a treasure. How wise to remember that war's horror ...more "
All Things New by Lynn Austin
"“All Things New” is definitely worth a read for those who love historical fiction. The lives of the characters portrayed will pull the reader into the aftermath of the Civil War, wondering how those especially in the Southern states, survived thro..." Read more of this review »
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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
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I don’t know which is stranger – that people like this book, or that it was written in the first place. It came into being because Gretchen Rubin, a woman with a bizarrely charmed life, decided to spend a year devoting each month to a “theme” designe ...more
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The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
The Jane Austen Book Club
by Karen Joy Fowler
read in January, 2007
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I’m convinced the first thing Jane Austen is going to do on the Day of Resurrection is hire a lawyer and sue the philistines who have commandeered her name and characters. However, this book is beneath her notice. A more clichéd combination of unfulf ...more
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In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham
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The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
The House at Tyneford
by Natasha Solomons
read in March, 2012
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Two-plus stars. This had promise, but fell a bit flat. While the descriptions of life for Jews in Vienna at the end of the 30's was interesting and understandably moving, once the action moved to England the story lost its fizz. Part of the problem i ...more
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American Foreign Policy Since World War II by Steven W. Hook
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Not as heinously boring as I thought it’d be, nor as heinously biased.
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J.R.R. Tolkien
“We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien
“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

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