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The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu  Partanen
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The author describes services provided by the government in Nordic countries and how they differ from those provided in the US. The book is written in the first person; the author provides personal insights, opinions, and experiences. Her main thesis ...more
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A Brief History of Tremont by W Dennis Keating
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This book describes itself as a history spanning nearly two centuries but it has a strong focus on the area's recent history, i.e., the past two decades. It describes present conditions in depth as well. The book describes the challenges that the ...more
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Gunpowder Girls by Tanya  Anderson
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This is a well written book about three tragic accidental explosions at ammunition factories that supplied Union and Confederate armies during the American Civil War. The majority of the victims were girls and women, who made up a large part of the ...more
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The Farm by Lough Gur by Mary Carbery
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This book is part novel, part reminiscence, and part biography. The challenge to the reader is to distinguish which parts of the narrative are which. The book was written by an English aristocrat who befriended an Irish farmer, whose stories of her ...more
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California Missions by Edna Kimbro
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This book is about the construction and subsequent fate of 20+ mission churches that were built in what is now the US state of California. It provides an interesting overview to the popular audience. The book is beautifully illustrated with current ...more
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Pinpoint by Greg Milner
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The book discusses the development of GPS, its applications, and its impact on our culture. The range of applications and their consequences makes for interesting reading. Although it seems to be presented as a general interest book, the material was ...more
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Dark Money by Jane Mayer
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This book chronicles the rise of the Koch influence on American politics from the 1930's to the present year from a negative perspective. The author substantiates her narrative with facts and figures, carefully documented with many footnotes. The ...more
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
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The author attempts to explain physics to the popular audience, with a dash of philosophy. The book is interesting and beautifully written.
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Forbidden Faith by Richard Smoley
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This is a chronology of gnostic thought, from its beginnings to the present day. The book is reasonably easy to read despite the fact it has some difficult concepts. A more thorough discussion of the basic tenets of gnosticism would have been useful ...more
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To School Through The Fields by Alice Taylor
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This is an autobiography of a childhood spent on a small dairy farm near Newmarket, County Cork, Ireland in the 1940's. The farm was not connected to "modern conveniences" but was self-sufficient. The story is told through a series of short chapters ...more
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