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Moby-Dick's Roots

Posted 6/23/2015 in Book Reviews

Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex: The Extraordinary and Distressing Memoir That Inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick by Owen Chase is newly produced in a handsome illustrated volume.

In Adam's Fall, Sinned We All?

Posted 6/16/2015 in Book Reviews

Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World (Counterpoint) by James Boyce gives the history of an influential bad idea.

Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell, and the Continuing Fascination of the Alice Books

Posted 6/11/2015 in Book Reviews

The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland (Harvard University Press), by Robert Douglas-Fairchild fills out a childhood classic.

Escaping North Korea

Posted 5/28/2015 in Book Reviews

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom (Viking) by Blaine Harden is a dual history.

Experimental Dating

Posted 5/23/2015 in Book Reviews

40 Days of Dating, An Experiment: One Girl, One Guy, Two Sides of a Love Story (Abrams) by Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh is a unique dating story, with unique illustrations.

Questing for the Sunken City

Posted 5/19/2015 in Book Reviews

Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City (Dutton) by Mark Adams gives a status report on the worldwide search.

Business Behind the Putin Curtain

Posted 5/12/2015 in Book Reviews

Bill Browder's Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice (Simon & Schuster) tells the horror of doing business in Russia.

Deep into Whale Evolution

Posted 5/6/2015 in Book Reviews

The Walking Whales: From Land to Water in Eight Million Years (University of California Press) by J. G. M. "Hans" Thewissen gives a comprehensive history of the origins of whales.

Let's Get Physical

Posted 4/27/2015 in Book Reviews

The Temple of Perfection: A History of the Gym (Reaktion Books) by Eric Chaline will tell you what all those people were doing in gyms for the past 2,000 years.

What Mathematicians Do

Posted 4/21/2015 in Book Reviews

Mathematics Without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation (Princeton University Press) by Michael Harris shows how his profession solves, and creates, problems.


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