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A Full Biography of a Life Full of Family and Literature

Posted 11/24/2012 in Book Reviews

Thornton Wilder: A Life (Harper) by Penelope Niven gives a life in superb detail.

A Factual Bestiary for Our Times

Posted 11/20/2012 in Book Reviews

In The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary (Granta; to be published in America by the University of Chicago Press in April), Caspar Henderson tells us of fantastic beasts that are not fantasies.

Naughty Reading, Centuries Ago

Posted 11/13/2012 in Book Reviews

Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth Century England (Palgrave Macmillan) by Julie Peakman is a study of historic English pornography.

How King's College Chapel Got Its Windows

Posted 11/12/2012 in Book Reviews

Carola Hicks gives art history and more in The King's Glass: A Story of Tudor Power and Secret Art (Pimlico).

A Humane View of Science and the Cosmos

Posted 11/7/2012 in Book Reviews

The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos (House of Anansi Press) by Neil Turok gives a history of physics and cosmology, and a hopeful look at what science can do for us.

The Sounds of Sales

Posted 10/29/2012 in Book Reviews

The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture (University of Chicago Press) by ethnomusicologist Timothy Taylor is a history of music in American advertising.

How They Use the Internet in Ghana

Posted 10/25/2012 in Book Reviews

Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafés of Urban Ghana (MIT Press) by Jenna Burrell is a sociological study of young Ghanaians online.

A Rediscovered Memoir and Love Story from WWII

Posted 10/22/2012 in Book Reviews

Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered (Scribner) brings back Trudi Kanter's lost memoir.

Ineradicable Fears of a Diabolical Disease

Posted 10/20/2012 in Book Reviews

In Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus (Viking), Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy give the history, science, and folklore of rabies.

A Unique Church and the Unique Woman Who Designed It

Posted 10/16/2012 in Book Reviews

_The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine - Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary (Faber and Faber) by Jenny Uglow tells of an architectural fantasy.


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