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A Humane View of Science and the Cosmos

Posted 11/7/2012 in Book Reviews

The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos (House of Anansi Press) by Neil Turok gives a history of physics and cosmology, and a hopeful look at what science can do for us.

The Sounds of Sales

Posted 10/29/2012 in Book Reviews

The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture (University of Chicago Press) by ethnomusicologist Timothy Taylor is a history of music in American advertising.

How They Use the Internet in Ghana

Posted 10/25/2012 in Book Reviews

Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafés of Urban Ghana (MIT Press) by Jenna Burrell is a sociological study of young Ghanaians online.

A Rediscovered Memoir and Love Story from WWII

Posted 10/22/2012 in Book Reviews

Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered (Scribner) brings back Trudi Kanter's lost memoir.

Ineradicable Fears of a Diabolical Disease

Posted 10/20/2012 in Book Reviews

In Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus (Viking), Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy give the history, science, and folklore of rabies.

A Unique Church and the Unique Woman Who Designed It

Posted 10/16/2012 in Book Reviews

_The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine - Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary (Faber and Faber) by Jenny Uglow tells of an architectural fantasy.

A Grimoire, American Style

Posted 10/11/2012 in Book Reviews

An old book of spells, The Long Lost Friend: A 19th Century American Grimoire (Llewellyn Publications), tells us about its users and their needs and beliefs.

The War of Words

Posted 10/8/2012 in Book Reviews

The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published (Harper) by David Skinner says a lot about how we feel about our dictionaries and our language.

Memphis Confronts Yellow Fever

Posted 10/2/2012 in Book Reviews

Fever Season: The Story of a Terrifying Epidemic and the People Who Saved a City (Bloomsbury Press) by Jeanette Keith tells the story of the 1878 plague.

Victoria and Her Assassins

Posted 9/29/2012 in Book Reviews

Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy (Pegasus Books) by historian Paul Thomas Murphy demonstrates how the assassins empowered the monarch.


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