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review 2018-11-21 02:42
​Audio Review: My Life as a Country Album (My Life as an Album) by: LJ Evans (Author), Sarah Puckett (Narrator)
my life as a country album - LJ Evans

 

 

 

My Life as a Country Album (My Life as an Album) by: LJ Evans (Author), Sarah Puckett (Narrator)

 

 

5 of 5 stars



Evans supplied the words. Puckett gave the melody. My Life as a Country Album reminds me why I love to read romance. Cam and Jake are a mixture of angst, youth and sentiment. Against the backdrop of some of my favorite songs, Evans has created a beautiful tale of young love and adult heartache. The maturity level reads so far above young adult. This is a story that goes far beyond words and speaks to the heart. (Reviewed by: Isha C., https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/1945702764

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2600883176)

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text 2018-11-19 14:45
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 752 pages.
Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life - Diarmaid MacCulloch

This is proving to be an amazing book. Not only does MacCulloch describe Cromwell’s early career in more detail than his predecessors, but he also walks his readers through the sources for it and deciphers them in a way that explains why he takes the interpretations he does. It's not often that a historian does this, but it makes his book useful as a study of the craft of history as well as a biography of his subject.

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review 2018-11-18 14:45
Keep On Trying: "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" by Laurence Sterne
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - Joan New,Melvyn New,Laurence Sterne



(Original Review, 2002-06-20)



Many very good books are not difficult to read--at least for the people who read them and have read them. But books can become difficult when difference of culture, or viewpoint, or language, or elapsed time intervene. Dickens is more difficult now than 150 years ago, and part of the reward of reading Dickens is the learning of how British society has changed. The difficulty of reading Virgil might include learning some Latin; the difficulty of reading Dante might involve at least a parallel text edition.

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-17 18:39
Modern Meditations: "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos" by Jordan Peterson
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - Jordan B. Peterson


OK. Let me put it this way. Peterson decries the rights agenda and the railing against patriarchy, partly with the argument that Western society is the least partiarchal and the most free there has ever been. But he never asks himself why this is so, because the answer of course is that those freedoms have been won by people in the past railing against oppression and proclaiming their own right to a place at the trough - workers, women, minorities. If there hadn't been those 'progressive' moves, for want of a better word, we would still have slavery, we would have less worker representation than we do (though we're heading the wrong way again), women would still be tied to the home, and so on. He doesn't patriarchy because he doesn't suffer from it, only benefits.

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-16 13:50
Smug as f***
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke - Jeffrey C. Stewart

Yesterday the 2018 National Book Awards were announced, and among the winners was Jeffrey Stewart for his biography of Alain Locke. I was really happy to see that he won, not just because it's a worthy choice, but because I read it earlier this year. I always get a nice smug feeling when I read award-winning books before they win, and this was the first time I was ahead of the curve for the National Book Award. I think I'll take the rest of the day off to bask in my awesomeness.

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