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The Neologizers-in-Chief

Posted 3/18/2013 in Book Reviews

Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents (Walker) by Paul Dickson shows how the presidents shaped our language.

Oscar Discovers America

Posted 3/15/2013 in Book Reviews

In Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America (Belknap Press / Harvard), Roy Morris, Jr., accounts with amusement Wilde's year among us.

Hackers from Way Back

Posted 3/11/2013 in Book Reviews

Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell (Grove Press) by Phil Lapsley tells the adventures of the original hackers.

The Monster Will Not Die

Posted 3/6/2013 in Book Reviews

Roseanne Montillo, in The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece (William Morrow) shows the roots and the branches of the Frankenstein story.

A New Way to Look At the World

Posted 2/25/2013 in Book Reviews

The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time (Walker) is Bob Harris's funny, inspiring book about making a difference.

Let Us Recall Robert Ingersoll

Posted 2/23/2013 in Book Reviews

Susan Jacoby's The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (Yale University Press) recalls a unique American thinker.

Self Discoveries in the Jungle

Posted 2/20/2013 in Book Reviews

In Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure (Harper), Christopher S. Stewart hunts for the fabled White City.

We're Doomed! Doomed, I Tell You!

Posted 2/18/2013 in Book Reviews

_The Coffee Table Book of Doom_ (Plume) by writer Steven Appleby and cartoonist Art Lester laughs in the face of megadisasters.

Messy Makings of a Classic Movie

Posted 2/14/2013 in Book Reviews

Making Patton: A Classic War Film's Epic Journey to the Silver Screen (University Press of Kansas) by Nicholas Evan Sarantakes details the torturous route from history to movie.


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