Category Archives: Book

Journey Into the Whirlwind

The best book, certainly the best memoir, that I’ve read in years, The Journey into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg chronicles her experience of imprisonment in USSR during the Stalin era. Since she saw no evidence against her colleague, … Continue reading

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Bosses in Lusty Chicago

We all know that Chicago has a history of corruption, but do you know the chief actors: Bathhouse John and Hinky Dink Kenna? In the Gilded Age till Al Capone gained power, aldermen Bathhouse John and Hinky Dink Kenna dominated … Continue reading

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The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles tells the story of a man who lives on a coast far from anyone else. His mission is to find and fetch bottles from the … The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

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Too Cool to Be Forgotten

I thought Alex Robinson’s Too Cool to be Forgotten would be a quick read. For me it wasn’t. It never grabbed me so it took a couple weeks to finish. In Too Cool to be Forgotten a middle aged man … Continue reading

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From “Mere Christianity”

I found this animated reading from a chapter of C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.

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Books

At Frank Lloyd Wright’s home. Books Books as art. Wabi sabi with old books.

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The Emperors of Chocolate

Joël Glenn Brenner’s The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars is a Willie Wonka’s Chocolate history for adults. She begins with a look at international marketing and selling chocolate in the Middle East and then … Continue reading

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The Winter’s Tale

I didn’t think I’d like Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. I chose it for my online Great Books Book Club because I thought we should read Shakespeare; it’s winter and I’d never read this. Before beginning the play, I looked at … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Sweet Candy History

I expected more from Chicago’s Sweet Candy History. Written by Leslie Goddard, Chicago’s Sweet Candy History consists of lots of historic pictures with facts about candy companies and confectioners under each. I wish there’d been more exposition, more text. It … Continue reading

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Trinity

A graphic history of the first atomic bomb, Trinity shows the history of development of The Bomb from the Curie’s experimentation with  radioactivity to the Manhattan Project to the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It’s a concise book with lots … Continue reading

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