Monthly Archives: April 2014

A History of the World in Six Glasses

A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage 2005 / 311 pages rating 9 – history Standage is not an historian but rather he calls himself a journalist and author. He specializes in comparing historical events and … Continue reading

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Candide by Voltaire 1759/ 100 or so pages rating 10 / classic-satire The entire basis for this book is that a young man named Candide is taught by his Professor Pangloss that “this life is the best of all possible … Continue reading

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Seeking Enlightenment … Hat by Hat:

Seeking Enlightenment … Hat by Hat: A Skeptic’s Guide to Religion by Nevada Barr 2003 / 223 pages Rating: 9 / spirituality, essays This is a collection of essays dealing with the author’s ongoing path toward and life since enlightenment, … Continue reading

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The Art of War

The Art of War by Sun Tzu 2nd to 4th century BC (probably last revision) very short – less than 50 pages rating  10 (I guess)  – classic non-fiction, military strategy,  maybe theory translated by Lionel Giles – Interesting book, for … Continue reading

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The Ladies’ Paradise

The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola 1883/ 480 pages rating 9.5  classic – French (Introduction, Notes and translation by Brian Nelson) Zola knew what he was talking about when he wrote page after page of busy and boisterous narrative about a … Continue reading

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The People on Privilege Hill

The People on Privilege Hill by Jane Gardham 2008 (Europa)/ 196 pages rating 8 / short stories First,  only the eponymous first story in this book is related to the Old Filth trilogy.  Many of the other stories have been published elsewhere … Continue reading

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Last Friends

Last Friends by Jane Gardham 2013 / 213 pages rating 8.5 / contemp fiction (9.25 for the trilogy) I  have just needed to read this book ever since it came out.  I loved the prior two in the “Old Filth” … Continue reading

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