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September 23, 2010
Charles Stephen reviews two new books. "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet," by Bill McKibbin, argues that we should consider the planet a very different place as a result of man's cumulative negative impact on the environment. "Portabello," by Ruth Rendell, is the lastest offering from... more››
September 16, 2010
Guest reviewer Clay Naff looks at "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human," a readable book which proposes that it was fire and cooking that was the transformational event in human history. Also reviewed, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest," the third and final book in the immensely popular... more››
September 9, 2010
Charles Stephen reviews "Work Song," a novel by Ivan Doig set in the mining town of Butte, Montana in the years following WWI. Also reviewed, "Dubai- Guilded Cage," a critical expose of the world's latest "city of greed and luxury."
September 2, 2010
Guest reviewer Don Hanway looks at "Alec Cross's Trial" by James Patterson. This is an historical novel set in the South during the early 20th century in which a White lawyer defends an African American. Also reviewed, "The Grimm Reader," 40 of the Brothers Grimm's famous and not so famous stories... more››
August 26, 2010
Charles Stephen unveils "The Spies of Warsaw" by Alan Furst, a gripping historical espionage novel set in pre-WWII Poland. Otis Young cracks open "Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes" by "New Yorker" writer Jim Holt.
August 19, 2010
Guest reviewer David Williams looks at "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine." Michael Lewis, the author of several financial bestsellers, explores the recent Wall Street collapse.
August 12, 2010
Charles Stephen peruses "A Reader on Reading," a collection of essays from novelist and critic Alberto Manguel about the power of words. Stephen also unfolds "Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy" by Bruce Watson, an account of the events of the... more››
August 12, 2010
Guest reviewer Steve Griffith looks at "A People's History of Christianity" by Diana Butler Bass. Also reviewed, Sebastian Junger's "War," an account of the author's time as an embedded journalist with the military in Afghanistan.
August 12, 2010
Guest reviewer Pat Stephen looks at "The Help" by Katherine Sockett. This novel, set in the 1960s, is about the growing sensitivity of a white woman in Mississippi to the lives of the black women who work in the homes of white women like her. Also reviewed, "Yalta: The Price of Peace," a scholarly... more››
July 15, 2010
"Innocent," by Scott Turow, is a novel that picks up 22 years after the events of the author's best selling legal thriller, "Presumed Innocent." Also reviewed, "Young Romantics," by Daisy Hay, a look at the tangled and intertwined lives of the 19th century English poets Shelley, Keats, Byron and... more››