Monthly Archives: March 2011

Bill Bryson, Safe At Home

For a book so modestly titled, the range of subject matter and erudition in At Home:  A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson, who also narrates the book (Random House Audio, 2010) is almost overwhelmingly ambitious. I hardly … Continue reading

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Fore, right! The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to A Ruinous Sport, by Carl Hiaasen

(Note:  In honor of the start of spring–a cruel annual hoax here in the state of Michigan–and the upcoming golf season, I’m reposting a review written for the now-defunct earlier version of this blog.) Carl Hiaasen is usually a pretty … Continue reading

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Virgil Flowers — Still Humpin’ in the Boonies in Bad Blood

Virgil Flowers has caught another case in the Minnesota sticks in Bad Blood, by John Sandford (Penguin Audio, 2010). This time he’s looking into several murders that seem to be connected to the activities of a religious sect called The … Continue reading

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Cleopatra Reconsidered

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety . . . “Her” is Cleopatra, of course, in Shakespeare’s famous assessment. I went back to Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra after listening to Cleopatra: A Life, by … Continue reading

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