We are two professionals who like to write and teach. Husband: B.A. from Notre Dame, M.B.A. from U. of Chicago, and law degree from U. of Chicago. Wife: B.A. in English and political science, M.A. in library science, M.A. in political science from U. of Wisconsin. This blog features book reviews, vignettes on historical events and personalities, and occasional posts about food. (For more history and posts about our “legal legacy” see our sister blog, Legal Legacy.)

We love to read! Have a book to review? Send an email to nbmars AT yahoo DOT com.

Review Policy:

We are happy to hear from publicists and authors about review opportunities.

We are eclectic readers, and you will see our reviews feature a mix of books ranging from fantasy to fiction. Our favorite genre is non-fiction – especially history, science, law, and religion. But we also like literary fiction, science fiction, and mysteries. One of us is also very fond of books for children and for young adults. We generally do not accept self-published books, erotica, or short story collections for review.

Review Schedule:

We are currently scheduling reviews two to three months in advance, but are flexible.

We try to review all books received unless we just can’t get into a book. (There are two of us, so your chances are doubled at least one of us will like it.) We also generally try to follow our mothers’ injunctions to find something nice to say about people, but we will not say we liked a book if we didn’t.

If you’re interested in having us review the book you are publicizing or have any other questions, please e-mail us!

You can check out our past reviews by clicking on the Book Review Tab at the top of this page.

Who Writes Which Reviews?

I, Jill, as opposed to my husband, write most of the reviews. But if the book being reviewed concerns weapons, war, math, science, or Constitutional law, you can be fairly certain the review is by my husband.

Furthermore, you would never expect to see words like “amazing” in Jim’s reviews. You will also not catch him waxing rhapsodic over food, nor will you find him using some of my favorite catch phrases, such as “corporate greed” or “patriarchal oppression.”

Occasionally we edit each other’s work. I try to reign in his pedantry and he tries to tone down my effusive emotionalism.

I will specify if my husband has authored the review. Otherwise, I am the default author.

Are All of Our Reviews Published on This Site?

Well actually, no. We also publish reviews on Goodreads, Library Thing, and our other blog, Legal Legacy. Sometimes they are cross-reviewed, and sometimes not.


21 Responses to About

  1. Lara says:

    I wanted to stop by and thank you for the comment and entry into my conest. You “paid it forward” for your sisters. I need a name to put into the hat. I’d be happy to give you an entry per sister.

    I had to show my husband your blog. We are both avid readers. Not that I have much time for that with four kids. He has a vintage book store on eBay as a hobby. So you can imagine how much your blog intrests the both of us.

    Thanks again and have a great weekend.


  2. Riot says:

    I am so chuffed to have come across your blog! You guys both write on such interesting topics, and I’ve really learned a lot from the resources you provide. Your passion for politics really comes through in all your posts. It’s really pushing me towards going back to school and studying political science now.

    Keep up the amazing work!

  3. Andrea says:

    Your blog is filled with insightful and intelligent reflections and reviews. I appreciate the time and talent you are both providing!

  4. robert says:

    Hi, I was just wondering if I could have your names. It would be a lot faster to site your websites as sources for my school projects if I knew the authors names. Thanks a ton. I hope to get into the University of Wisconsin some day to. Thanks a lot for your guy’s help.

  5. I came by to look through your blog after you graciously left a comment on mine.

    I didn’t make it past the second post before realizing I MUST put you on my feeder. Thank you so much for stopping by so I could discover you!

  6. U of Chicago – my favorite place. I lived in Hyde Park for umpteen years after an M.A. in English in the late 1960s. I also lived at I. House. Do I know you?

  7. Marie says:

    hey- re: Unfinished Friday, yes, by all means link & do your own. I would love to get it going as a regular meme. Let’s say next week will be the official first week? 🙂

  8. I’m so glad I found this web site, and can’t wait to explore more. I’m a writers, reader, and writing instructor, and your content is exactly what I need and love. Thanks!

  9. Kai says:

    I’m so glad I stumbled here! I’m a teacher by profession and a bookworm since childhood. This is such a good place for me to explore new books to read. 🙂

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  11. Excited to find this blog. Looks like my kind of stuff!

  12. I can’t seem to find your email, I have a book I’d like to submit for your consideration. Can you let me know where to contact you? Thanks! PavartiDevi @ gmail.com

  13. Arletta Reith says:

    I was directed to your page as a result of my Cole Porter Google Alert; anything crossing the wires with Cole’s name included is sent to me.

    I am a huge Cole Porter fan; Cole is / was the best and his music is eternal.

    Cole’s birthplace is 19 miles from my hometown. I enjoyed this page a lot.

    Thanks for doing it.

  14. Do you interview authors as well? I’m interested in promoting my newest novel release, A Mormon Massacre, as well as the other two novels available on Amazon, A Spy At Home and Hazardous Choices. Please contact me at rinald47@hotmail.com if you are interested. Thanks! – Joe Rinaldo

  15. Annette Fettman says:

    I would like you to review our book, “Shoah, Journey From the Ashes.” Where shall I mail a copy?

  16. Vee says:

    I just found your blog and I love it. I can’t wait to read more of your reviews. Best!


  17. TyCobbsTeeth says:

    Thank you for your reviews.
    I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve been just sipping my coffee and poking around your blog–enjoying your reflections.
    They’re quite wonderful. Please keep them coming.

  18. Thom Hickey says:

    Pleased to have found your blog. Looking forward to recommendations and avoid warnings! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel)

  19. JJ Wilson says:

    Terrific blog. I’m really enjoying the reviews – they’re well-written and informative. Keep up the great work!

  20. Found your blog on Goodreads. Love your Home page cover picture. Van Gogh, my favorite artist, stands out.

  21. I’ve never been a poetry guy (my last poem was Casey at the Bat in 3rd grade). But your pictures are very cool.

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