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The Witch of Lime Street – David Jaher

What a story. I knew some of the bare bones: Houdini’s deep attachment to his mother, and the failed attempts to hear from her after her death; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s extraordinary credulity for mediums and fairies. I did not … Continue reading

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100 Million Years of Food – Stephen Le

One thought that kept recurring while reading 100 Million Years of Food was how thoroughly this all seems to put paid to the idea of “Intelligent Design”. Because my overall conclusion from all of this is, lord, these bodies are … Continue reading

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The Santa Claus Man – Alex Palmer

Far be it from me to be part of “Christmas creep”; I’m as nauseated as anyone to see holiday decorations dominating stores and Christmas-themed commercials cropping up on tv. But this book was published in, and I read it in, … Continue reading

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Line – Edmund J. Sullivan (Netgalley)

Long, long ago, in a fantasyland not that far away, I went to art school. I don’t do much with that part of my brain any more, but now and then I cherish fond hopes of doing a Victor Frankenstein … Continue reading

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Brainiac – Ken Jennings

I had fun with Brainiac. I had just gotten the call to go for this year’s Jeopardy! audition, and, being me, was in a fever of preparation. (As a few of us were waiting for things to begin, one or … Continue reading

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Harlots, Hussies, and Poor Unfortunate Women: Edith M. Ziegler, Sally Martin

The required disclaimer: “This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.” And thanks! What a fascinating subject. I was a little familiar with the … Continue reading

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My Short, Happy Life in “Jeopardy!”

Yes, my friends, this blog is going to be a little Jeopardy!-heavy for the next few weeks. Whether that’s better or worse than it being completely stagnant is debatable. This, here, is a review of this book: – and also … Continue reading

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Quiet – Susan Cain, Kathe Mazur

  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking kicks off with the tale of Rosa Parks. The author imagined – and maybe I did too – that Miss Parks was a stately woman with a … Continue reading

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