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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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Modern Times by Paul  Johnson
" While working at a public high school in New Jersey I observed a rather interesting pedagogical practice. It looked a little something like this: a band of students acting as undercover ambassadors of their history class would approach an unsuspec... " Read more of this review »
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
" I found it the epitomy of self absorbtion. I've read many happiness books, often looking to use excerpts in my hospice speaches and volunteer training, but I felt this was so dumbed down. If you don't mind the constant references to her clerking f... " Read more of this review »
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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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Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
Major Barbara
by George Bernard Shaw
read in April, 2011
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The problem with Shaw is that I always feel crabbier when I read him. Even Pygmalion, which strikes me as a superior play, makes me slightly irritable, and Major Barbara doesn’t have any musical tunes to hum while you’re trudging through Shaw’s drear...more
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“In a weak moment, I have written a book.”
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“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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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 Lord of the Rings

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