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They Were All Very Merry at Pfaff's

Posted 10/28/2014 in Book Reviews

Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians (Da Capo Press) by Justin Martin is essential reading for those interested in American literature.

Big Data Shows Us Ourselves

Posted 10/24/2014 in Book Reviews

In Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking (Crown), Christian Rudder crunches the numbers, and learns lessons.

A Comic Encyclopedia of Old Humor

Posted 10/19/2014 in Book Reviews

American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny (Harper) by Christopher Miller reviews what used to make us laugh (and still does).

Time in All Its Scales

Posted 10/11/2014 in Book Reviews

Time in Powers of Ten: Natural Phenomena and Their Timescales (World Scientific) by Gerard 't Hooft and Stefan Vandoren contemplates the briefest, the longest, and everything in between.

A Different Pet Memoir: A Tawny Owl

Posted 10/7/2014 in Book Reviews

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) by Martin Windrow describes a vital friendship.

The Ups and Downs of Nelson's Pillar

Posted 9/29/2014 in Book Reviews

The Pillar: The Life and Afterlife of the Nelson Pillar (New Island Books) by Donal Fallon tells more than just the story of a Dublin monument.

The Comedy of Errors

Posted 9/23/2014 in Book Reviews

Just My Typo: From "Sinning with the Choir" to "The Untied States" (Three Rivers Press) by Drummond Moir is a funny collection of mistakes.

A Loveable Dog of War

Posted 9/17/2014 in Book Reviews

The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side (Atria Books) by Damien Lewis is a fine dog story and war story.

Revealed: A History of Hidden Writing

Posted 9/12/2014 in Book Reviews

Prisoners, Lovers, & Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda (Yale University Press) tells a secret history.

One Hundred Years Gone

Posted 9/9/2014 in Book Reviews

The Passenger Pigeon (Princeton University Press) by Errol Fuller commemorates a great loss.


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