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Oceans of Oddities

Posted 4/18/2014 in Book Reviews

The Extreme Life of the Sea (Princeton University Press) by Stephen R. and Anthony R. Palumbi tells why going to extremes is vital.

Mathematics as Pattern

Posted 4/10/2014 in Book Reviews

Beautiful Geometry (Princeton University Press) by Eli Maor and Eugen Jost shows beautiful mathematical pictures and ideas.

How They Broke Media Taboos

Posted 4/8/2014 in Book Reviews

Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange - How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos (It Books) by Robert Hofler tells how sex came to the stage, screen, and books.

Fun for Freedom

Posted 4/1/2014 in Book Reviews

John Beckman writes in American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt (Pantheon Books) about an important, and fun, aspect of the American Character.

Murder and Telegraphy

Posted 3/25/2014 in Book Reviews

The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison, & Pursuit (Oneworld Publications) by Carol Baxter tells of modern crime-fighting in 1845.

Asterisk History

Posted 3/17/2014 in Book Reviews

The Rude Story of English (McClelland & Stewart) by Tom Howell presents a unique history of our language.

True Confessions

Posted 3/13/2014 in Book Reviews

The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession by John Cornwell tells a shameful history.

Hauntings and Humans

Posted 3/5/2014 in Book Reviews

A Natural History of Ghosts: 500 Years of Hunting for Proof (Particular Books) by columnist Roger Clarke is just as much about people.

Bubbling Drinks through the Centuries

Posted 3/1/2014 in Book Reviews

Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World (Chicago Review Press) by Tristan Donovan is a history of carbonated drinks.


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