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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.

The Truth, Maybe, About a Forger's Life

Posted 9/18/2012 in Book Reviews

Ken Perenyi in Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger (Pegasus Books) tells a forger's secrets.

Remembering the Alamo

Posted 9/14/2012 in Book Reviews

The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo - and the Sacrifice that Forged a Nation (Little, Brown and Company) by James Donovan is a fine recounting of the famous story.

Benedict Arnold's Wife and Accomplice

Posted 9/13/2012 in Book Reviews

In Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold's Plot to Betray America (Lyons Press), Mark Jacob and Stephen H. Case show how Benedict Arnold didn't go it alone.

The Mathematics of Architecture

Posted 9/6/2012 in Book Reviews

Alexander J. Hahn in Mathematical Excursions into the World's Great Buildings (Princeton University Press) gives a history of two great interconnected disciplines.

Ancient Views on a Constant Topic

Posted 9/1/2012 in Book Reviews

Sin: The Early History of an Idea (Princeton University Press) by Paula Fredriksen shows that defining what sin is and isn't was a product of culture, even in the early church.


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