Will my shopping habits change?

The measure of book and of an author can be found in their transformational ability. Simply put, do they make you think or reconsider a closely held value that you believe is incontestable? The whole point of reading is that you learn – something, anything, even a little bit. Whether it’s a novel, textbook or […]

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Ray Bradbury – Thank You

I heard the news early this morning that Ray Bradbury died today at age 91. As a lover of books and libraries, I identified strongly with Fahrenheit 451. Even though it was science fiction, Mr. Bradbury understood that books are a conduit for knowledge transfer and a catalyst for transformation.  That can be frightening to […]

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A First-Rate Madness

 “Our greatest crisis leaders toil in sadness when society is happy. Yet when calamity occurs, if they are in a position to act, they can help lift the rest of us.”  Nassir Ghaemi, A First-Rate Madness I heard about A First-Rate Madness watching the Colbert Report, an excellent resource for the latest in book offerings. […]

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Résistance

Palais de Chaillot, Paris, 7 June 1940 “Rumours are flying, all flatly contradictory, but it seems clear that the Germans are advancing on all fronts. It’s only a matter of advanced units of motorized troops – naturally – but however they try to explain it away in the newspapers and on the radio, I’m convinced […]

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Cleopatra & Sailing the Adriatic

I finished Cleopatra, A Life, when I was sailing on the Adriatic to Athens, the city where Cleopatra once walked along the tree-lined streets.  Athens is crowded, noisy and absolutely wonderful with the sun overhead and the dignified Parthenon balanced virtuously on a high hill.  Ancient mixed with contemporary history makes for a heady sense […]

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