Category Archives: Reviews

Book of the day:

I post a link and a single sentence review or summary to a different book every day. Once a week on Sunday I’ll post a full review or book discussion, tagged with “longreview”.

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Late January and February are when the Great Horned Owls are courting, hooting their way around my house.
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One hundred years of Kiowa history, in stories about ordinary lives, based on personal memories.
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In 1776 Southerners said slavery was a regrettable and probably temporary necessity; by 1859 they said it was the foundation of their society and their liberty.
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Graves never had any scruples about making things up, but he didn’t need to do all that much, here: the last years of the Roman Republic and first of the Empire were some of the least boring in history.
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Child sacrifice is a theme running through the Jewish and Christian Bibles, from Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac to the Christian idea that G*d the Father Himself sacrificed his Son.
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Painstaking reconstruction of De Soto's journey through what is now the southeastern US, and the many vanished cultures and peoples he encountered.
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Indispensable insights into the life of New York -- and America as a whole -- in the first half of the 20th century.
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A children’s classic makes a very good hat.
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One of the best-built alien ecosystems in the history of science fiction, and one of my favorite kick-ass heroines, too.
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Renaissance artists depicted and even directed attention to Jesus' penis.
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