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A Magnificently Strange Work in Progress

Posted earlier today in Book Reviews

Sagrada Familia: Gaudi's Unfinished Masterpiece, Geometry, Construction and Site (Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers) has text and a wealth of pictures to describe an astonishing architectural achievement.

A Family Within the French Resistance

Posted 8/25/2015 in Book Reviews

Charles Kaiser in The Cost of Courage (Other Press) rescues stories out of silence.

Lessons for the Living

Posted 8/19/2015 in Book Reviews

In A Tour of Bones: Facing Fear and Looking for Life (Bloomsbury), Denise Inge tells lessons from beyond the grave.

The Human in the Zoo's Cage

Posted 8/13/2015 in Book Reviews

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga (Amistad) by Pamela Newkirk tells of the time it was okay for a man to be a zoo exhibit.

There's Contentment in Them Thar Hills

Posted 8/10/2015 in Book Reviews

Gold Fever: One Man's Adventures on the Trail of the Gold Rush (Oneworld) by Steve Boggan brings the gold rush up to date.

How We Understood Weather

Posted 8/4/2015 in Book Reviews

The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Peter Moore is an engaging story of remarkable personalities.

The First Revolutionary Scientific Change

Posted 7/26/2015 in Book Reviews

Galileo's Telescope: A European Story (Harvard University Press) by Massimo Bucciantini, Michele Camerota, and Franco Giudice tells just how jarring Galileo's discoveries were.

Brick Pix

Posted 7/20/2015 in Book Reviews

Brick (Phaidon Press), edited by William Hall, features stunning pictures of bricks at work and play.

The Great Shame

Posted 7/15/2015 in Book Reviews

So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Riverhead Books) by Jon Ronson shows how internet users punish.

The Hoax That Panicked America; Or Not

Posted 7/7/2015 in Book Reviews

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News (Hill and Wang) by A. Brad Schwartz explains what really happened during the Martian invasion.


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