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text 2017-10-13 04:52
Another re-read
Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio - Michael Prichard,Jeffrey Kluger

I grabbed this one out of the re-read pile to fill in time while I try to figure out what new book I want to read. I have read this one a couple of times already but not in the past five years, so it was time to trot it out again and give it a listen. Author Jeffrey Kluger is in the business of making science and recent events in the science world accessible to non-scientist (like me). He wrote this book in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the development of the polio vaccine in 2005. It is a well-crafted story that combines biography, history and even a little science. If you haven't read it yet, I do recommend it.

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review 2017-10-10 00:25
A geopolitical view of the world
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World - Tim Marshall,Scott Brick

All throughout this book I kept asking what he now had to say about this and that because it is three years since he wrote the book and Korea has a nuclear weapons capabilities now and the US has a new president and a number of other significant changes. Fascinating book. It will give you a whole new understanding of the world we live in.

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text 2017-07-14 00:26
Out of My Comfort Zone
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf,David Drummond

I've never done a buddy read or joined a book club before, so this is new territory for me. I started listening about an hour ago and so, far, I'm enjoying the book and the experience. Still, I'm not quite sure how all of this works, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

 

I will say that this is a very interesting read considering that I just finished listening to a Great Courses lecture series on the Industrial Revolution. There is a certain amount of overlap in the two discussions.

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text 2016-08-10 15:16
A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Lore, and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books - Harold Rabinowitz,Rob Kaplan

Murder by Death wrote about this one and I just had to have it. I don't know where I am going to put it, but I had to have it, hardbound, no less.

 

 

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review 2016-07-21 21:02
Everyman's Reading Shakespeare
How to Read and Understand Shakespeare - Professor Marc C. Conner

He has an interesting approach to Shakespeare--presenting certain themes (which he calls tools) to look for in Shakespeare's work. I'm trying to decide if he offered anything new or just a codification of what I think I've already known about Shakespeare's work. In any case, it seems a good approach for the Shakespeare-phobic.

 

So, Professor, three stars with plus another half for your enthusiasm and love of the Bard,

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