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Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
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The birth and early childhood of Alexander the Great, up until the moment his father, Phillip, is murdered.

Although it has won wide kudos, I found it to be not well-written and significantly stultifying.

Overwritten (“the truth of wine had lit for h
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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
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McCullough does a thoroughly readable biography of the origins of heavier-than-air flight, including the sheer passion and dedication to the work. The brothers are fairly insular, and seem to have had no non-family personal relationships, other than ...more
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Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron
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This is Thubron’s elegy to the massive and amazing journey he made from Xian (in central China) to Antioch (on the west coast of Turkey), following one of the trading paths of the Silk Road. In the course of it, he walked, took buses, local trains, h ...more
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When We Are No More by Abby Smith Rumsey
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I got this book thinking that it would be smart to read about “digital memories” from someone who has thought about this for a while. Rumsey is a historian from Harvard and the Library of Congress, working on digital collecting and curation. She’s in ...more
When We Are No More by Abby Smith Rumsey
"I work in an academic library and we read this book as our summer staff book club pick. We....were not impressed. Mostly because none of us felt like Rumsey did what she seemingly set out to do in the title and description of the book. She tells a..." Read more of this review »
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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Lab Girl
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The life of a biophysics scientist, who happens to be manic at times, AND in a complex relationship with her lab partner, the constantly underemployed but fiercely loyal and incredibly competent Bill. Their not-quite-love relationship runs throughout ...more
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Gironimo! Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy by Tim Moore
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A middle-aged Brit decides to fix up an old racing bike from 1914, put on authentic kit (woolen jersey, toe straps, leather shoes, leather chamois, cord-lined brakes, etc) and re-ride the Giro d’Italia from 1914, widely regarded as one of the most di ...more
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The Wayfinders by Wade Davis
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This book is the written-out version of the Canadian Broadcast Company’s Massey Lectures, a series of invited lectures, in this case by Wade Davis, the famed Candadian explorer, ethnologist, and ethnobotanist. Fragments of the book have been seen bef ...more
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Curious by Ian Leslie
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A good book about why being curious is important in the internet age. Leslie points out that curiosity isn’t (and hasn’t always) been seen as a virtue. Authoritarians don’t like it; parents (as authority figures) often find it disquieting; and histor ...more
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