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Adventures in Posting: An Eccentric Biography

Posted 6/1/2012 in Book Reviews

The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects (Princeton Architectural Press) by John Tingey tells of a British eccentric who investigated what his postal system could do.

Making Revelation a Little Less Weird

Posted 5/29/2012 in Book Reviews

In Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation (Viking), Elaine Pagels provides context for the strangest book in the Bible.

Conning the Con Men

Posted 5/25/2012 in Book Reviews

In The Mark Inside (Knopf), Amy Reading tells of the victim who would not let the swindlers go.

Before the Opening of the Tomb, and After

Posted 5/22/2012 in Book Reviews

Joyce Tyldesley in _Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King_ (Basic Books) gives a history of his life, and his resurrection.

The Start of Worldwide Scientific Effort

Posted 5/18/2012 in Book Reviews

In Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens (Knopf), Andrea Wulf tells an inspiring story of scientific cooperation.

Surf's Up, Worldwide and Year-Round

Posted 5/16/2012 in Book Reviews

Swell: A Year of Waves (Chronicle Books) by Evan Slater collects photographs of surfers' dream waves.

Back to the Wild

Posted 5/14/2012 in Book Reviews

In Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Dame Daphne Sheldrick explains about putting orphans back into the jungle.

A Look Beneath the Refined Eighteenth Century

Posted 5/8/2012 in Book Reviews

Cruelty & Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century (University of Chicago Press) by Simon Dickie gives us a new view of the era.

Bungling the Bubba Investigation

Posted 5/4/2012 in Book Reviews

Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed - and Why It Still Matters (William Morrow) by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles shows the case is still important.

The Human History of a Famous Portrait

Posted 5/1/2012 in Book Reviews

The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (Knopf) by Anne-Marie O'Connor is a study of big slices of twentieth century history.


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