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Book Review: A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson

Romance, rivalry, and bird-watching in Nairobi are within the sights of this witty and delightful novel. Read More »

Book Review: The Siri Paboun Mysteries by Colin Cotterill

A delightful group of mysteries featuring an intrepid elderly coroner as detective. Read More »

Book Review: Manic by Terri Cheney

A riveting account of a woman's struggle with bipolar disorder. Read More »

Book Review: Six Frigates – The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian W. Toll

Six Frigates is beautifully written non-fiction that reads like an adventure novel, and covers a very crucial period in our nation's early history. Read More »

Confessions of a Sucker

A compulsive shopper comes clean. Read More »

What’s the Matter with Gitmo?

Some alternate sites for the housing of prisoners of war are presented for your consideration. Read More »

Book Review: Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg

A harrowing but fascinating memoir of life with a monster mother. Read More »

Getting Ready for Passover

It's not too early to be thinking about Passover. Read More »

Miserable Christmases in Literature

There are some remarkably unhappy Christmases in literature. My favorite (?) fictional awful Christmas is the one in Great Expectations. Pip has stolen a pie to give to the escaped prisoner, and is dreading the moment when his horrible sister will discover the theft. Meanwhile, the assorted guests keep teasing him in a nasty way. Dickens was, of course, a ... Read More »

The Joys of Public Toilets

Next time I'll try to hold it until I get home. Read More »