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KC rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Fly Away Peter by David Malouf
Fly Away Peter
by David Malouf
read in June, 2009
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Someone left this predictable little novella in the beach house where we stayed on vacation. I recognized the author and read it on a rainy afternoon at the beach. Young Australians from an outback paradise, one the owner’s son, and the other the son ...more
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The Lincoln Anthology by Harold Holzer
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I loved this book, from contemporary accounts to now President Obama opening his campaign with a speech from Springfield, Illinois. It was gripping to read later writers grappling with Lincoln’s legacies.

I especially enjoyed Jacques Barzun on Lincoln
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Operation Wandering Soul by Richard Powers
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This novel didn't resonate with me at all. I am slowly reading Powers forward, as I first read The Echo Maker when it was published and was completely captivated.

I then read his first three novels in the order they were written, and was equally stru
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KC rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Wisdom of the West by Bertrand Russell
Wisdom of the West
by Bertrand Russell
read in April, 2009
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I bought this large, illustrated, coffee-table version of Russell's History of Western Philosophy from the Dusty Bookshelf in downtown Lawrence for $8 a few years ago. A well-paced jaunt through knowledge, this is the Reader's Digest condensed Wester ...more
KC rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Human by Michael S. Gazzaniga
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One more in a series of books read regarding the spaces between our ears.

What would it mean if we were our brains? Gazzaniga argues forcefully that understanding the processes doesn't necessarily demystify them. We can all be fabulous and determined
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KC rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad
Almayer's Folly
by Joseph Conrad
read in February, 2009
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KC rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester
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More words on words as I return to the OED well. This is a biography of the dictionary, told by an English reporter. The breezy style almost turned me off at the beginning, as I felt Winchester was trying to hard to make the Old English roots of the ...more
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The Education of Cyrus by Xenophon
The Education of Cyrus
by Xenophon
read in January, 2009
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At some point in the past six months, I read a passing reference to Cyrus in a book review as having been favorable noted by Machiavelli. No matter, I noted it long enough to park in my Amazon shopping cart until it could come home. Eventually when I ...more
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The Ring of Words by Peter Gilliver
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This is the first book I've checked out from the library in I don't know how long. A very long time. Our wireless high speed internet was not working at home - I think they must have been doing maintenance on the closest cell tower - and when I calle ...more
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