Category Archives: Book Review

Review of “Stuff Matters” by Mark Miodownik

Note: This review is by my husband Jim. The author is a material scientist who holds the position of professor of “materials and society” at University College London. His somewhat quirky title gives a hint about the contents and organization … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “A Fine Dessert” by Emily Jenkins

Some things never change, such as the love of a fine dessert. In this meticulously researched book, four families in four different centuries are shown preparing and enjoying Blackberry Fool, a simple but delicious dessert made from blackberries, cream, and … Continue reading

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Review of “Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad” by Eric Foner

Once again the eminent historian Eric Foner has written a fascinating and important history that helps set the record straight about the period in America before, during, and after the Civil War. While this book focuses on the escape of … Continue reading

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Review of “City of Savages” by Lee Kelly

This is a story about family, and about Sisters Doin It For Themselves. It is also about a post-apocalyptic dystopia, set in Manhattan following a devastating war in the near future apparently started by China after a year of worldwide … Continue reading

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Review of “Dry Bones” by Craig Johnson

Walt Longmire is the capable, humorous, and widowed sheriff of Wyoming’s fictional Absaroka County. He is in a relationship with his hard-boiled undersheriff, Victoria “Vic” Moretti, a transplanted Philadelphia homicide detective, whose brother married Longmire’s daughter Cady. Cady and her … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch” by Chris Barton

This story of John Roy Lynch, the first African-American speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, is a terrific book for several reasons. The most important is, the author actually gets the story of the Reconstruction Era correct. While many … Continue reading

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Review of “City of Stairs” by Robert Jackson Bennett

This book is reminiscent in some ways of China Miéville’s The City and The City, also a fantasy/crime novel set in a city superimposed upon another city in fantastical ways. Bennett is perhaps more ambitious though, adding elements of a … Continue reading

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