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Review of “Bureau of Spies: The Secret Connections Between Espionage and Journalism in Washington” by Steven T. Usdin

In recent times we have been absorbed by the problem of the barrage of fake news and the attempts of a hostile foreign government to influence elections. Steven Usdin shows this not a new phenomenon, and that practitioners have included … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Robinson” by Peter Sís

In this picture book, the author blends a true story from his childhood with adventures from the 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. The Defoe book, though fiction, purports to be the autobiography of the title character, who is … Continue reading

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Review of “Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz

Note: This review is by my husband Jim. In one sense, Magpie Murders is a real bargain in that it is two books in one: a who-done-it about the writing and disposition of another who-done-it.  In fact, the novel within … Continue reading

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Review of “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” by Yuval Noah Harari

Harari’s previous book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind gave a capsule history of human civilization in a spritely, and humorous manner. In this “sequel,” he explores what might be in store next for mankind. He begins with the observation: … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers

This book for very young children is one of affirmation focusing on a rainbow selection of little girls, who, however, do seem uniformly to be on the affluent side. In any event, each page offers an uplifting simile, such as … Continue reading

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