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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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I would have said that France is one of the countries least in need of discovery, but Graham Robb shows me how very, very wrong I was.
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Quick-reading epistolary novel about the German occupation of Guernsey in World War II.
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I am going to put aside my uncertainties and talk about Oscar Wao and what it seemed like to me, regardless of authorial intention (which is so last millennium, anyway).
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The original rollerskate tour of the impact of disease on world history. One of the books that has influenced my thinking the most.
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Dispatches from a native of FanBoyLand, as he tries to feel out the borders of masculinity.
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A rollerskate tour of the current state of scholarship on this pivotal but ill-understood period in European history.
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A journalist weaves together stories of archaeological discoveries, the Cultural Revolution, and the changing economic and social landscape of 21st-century China.
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The Iliad as a guide to the precipitating factors for PTSD: death of your best friend, a sense of betrayal by higher-ups, instability. Alas, not at all out-of-date.
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I grew up in a household both deeply intellectual and deeply spiritual, raised by parents (one Irish Catholic, one Swedish/German Lutheran) who take it as a given that these things can go together.
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