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A Dark Crime Illuminates Aspects of Japan

Posted 7/7/2012 in Book Reviews

People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - And the Evil That Swallowed Her Up (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Richard Lloyd Parry describes a bizarre crime in a different society.

Digging the Importance of Geology

Posted 7/2/2012 in Book Reviews

Doug MacDougall in Why Geology Matters: Decoding the Past, Anticipating the Future (University of California Press) explains why the dusty old science is actually vitally instructive.

Hollywood Mobster

Posted 6/29/2012 in Book Reviews

Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster (ECW Press) by Tere Tereba gives us an exciting, horrifying life story.

Beauty Arising from Turbulence

Posted 6/26/2012 in Book Reviews

Freedom's Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War (Hill and Wang) by Guy Gugliotta tells how bitter conflicts produced a monument to our way of government.

Great Movie, Sad Reality

Posted 6/22/2012 in Book Reviews

In The Real Great Escape: Roger Bushell and the Most Daring POW Breakout of the Second World War (Bantam Press), historian Guy Walters corrects movie history.

What Makes Creationists Tick

Posted 6/19/2012 in Book Reviews

In Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolution Front Line (Oxford University Press), Jason Rosenhouse explores the world of Biblical literalists.

Don't Forget to Take Your Guidebook

Posted 6/16/2012 in Book Reviews

In A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics (Yale University Press), historian Neil Faulkner has an amusing way to explain Ancient Greek history.

A Candied World Tour

Posted 6/13/2012 in Book Reviews

_Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy_ (St. Martin's Press) by Kate Hopkins hunts the world and hunts through history for the perfect candy.

It's Too Unreal

Posted 6/7/2012 in Book Reviews

In _Reality: A Very Short Introduction_ (Oxford University Press), philosopher Jan Westerhoff finds that it is not so simple telling what is real.

A Worldwide Tour of Survivors

Posted 6/6/2012 in Book Reviews

Richard Fortey in Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind (Knopf) visits living fossils.


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