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Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
" Thank you! I know -- the book is incredibly engaging, and the setting is, as you said, pure escapism. I want to go to a picturesque village in the Sco ...more "
An Illustrated Guide to Composers of Classical Music by Peter Gammond
"This well-produced guide is an excellent introduction to the lives and work of prominent classical composers.

They are all pretty much here - Beethoven, Bach and the other heavies, Brahms, Mozart, Handel, Mendelsohn - all the ones you expect, right..." Read more of this review »
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Power Foods by Whole Living Magazine
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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 "
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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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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

Margaret Mitchell
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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.”
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