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Rock and Roll for the Joy of It

Posted 8/10/2012 in Book Reviews

In Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll (Lyons Press) Joe Oestreich tells about real-life rocking.

A Horrendous Crime in Old Peking

Posted 8/8/2012 in Book Reviews

Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China (Penguin Books), by Paul French, tells of a sensational murder and the unusual way it was solved just before WWII swallowed up the old city.

A Fertile Silence

Posted 8/4/2012 in Book Reviews

Kyle Gann takes the silent music seriously in No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33" (Yale University Press).

A New Historical View of Medieval Heresies

Posted 7/31/2012 in Book Reviews

R. I. Moore in _The War on Heresy_ (Belknap Press) reevaluates the heretics.

A First Class American Swindler

Posted 7/29/2012 in Book Reviews

Geoffrey G. Ward tells the story of his great-grandfather in A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States (Knopf)

A Good Weird Doctor

Posted 7/24/2012 in Book Reviews

Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor (PublicAffairs) by Pam Belluck describes an unorthodox doc's helpful ways.

Never Put It In Writing

Posted 7/20/2012 in Book Reviews

Kate Summerscale's Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady (Bloomsbury) tells of a forgotten courtroom scandal.

Deadly Desert Weirdness

Posted 7/17/2012 in Book Reviews

Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History (Nation Books) by Deanne Stillman tells of a duel in the desert.

Go West, Young Aristocrat!

Posted 7/13/2012 in Book Reviews

Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 1830 - 1890 (Norton) by British historian Peter Pagnamenta tells of a surprising culture clash.

Straight from the Front Lines

Posted 7/9/2012 in Book Reviews

Assignment to Hell: The War Against Nazi Germany with Correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A. J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle (NAL Caliber) by Timothy M. Gay tells how the correspondents remade journalism for the big war.


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