Category Archives: Non-Fiction

The LeBron Question

The Heat won the championship last night, moving LeBron James from the front of the sports page to the front page proper, with slightly larger font. I don’t watch the NBA but the championship is always exciting; more interesting to … Continue reading

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Interview With a Ghostwriter

This week on The Splendid Table Lynne Rossetto Kasper interviews JJ Goode, a ghostwriter for cookbooks. It’s a great little interview, and a great peek into the craft of that particular art. Gwyneth Paltrow last month was up in a … Continue reading

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Tremendous Trifles, by G.K. Chesterton

Tremendous Trifles by G.K. Chesterton My rating: 4 of 5 stars The first essay of G.K. Chesterton’s I remember reading is On Lying in Bed, which begins, “Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only … Continue reading

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Just In Case Introverts Read Books

There’s a book coming out this month called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. I’m curious to read it, but have a nagging suspicion that that’s because I want to read a book about … Continue reading

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One Red Paperclip, by Kyle MacDonald

One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply, Kyle MacDonald. Three Rivers Press, 2007. 310 pages. The official version of the story goes like this: Inspired by memories of playing … Continue reading

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A Christmastide Roundup

For a variety of reasons, I’m not much for gifts at Christmas*. But I can generally count on receiving one or two and, in spite of myself, I get pretty excited about that. This year proved no different. The latest … Continue reading

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Bill McKibben on Colbert

Bill McKibben was on Colbert Monday. I admittedly have only read one McKibben book, but it was among my favorite assigned reading in college. (The book was Deep Economy, wherein McKibben rethinks utilitarianism in a profoundly humanistic way and addresses … Continue reading

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Free eBook! Bob Edwards

Have you guys downloaded this yet? Because you should really download this. Bob Edwards’ new memoir is available for free download for a very limited time (til/through Sept. 9). I downloaded it, I haven’t yet read it, but I’ve always … Continue reading

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QOTD: Crushed by Books

Everything fell, and Miss Sasaki lost consciousness. The ceiling dropped suddenly and the wooden floor above collapsed in splinters and the people up there came down and the roof above them gave way; but principally and first of all, the … Continue reading

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The Magician’s Book, by Laura Miller

The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia, by Laura Miller Little, Brown and Company, 2008. 320 pages. Narnia is shrouded in darkness. The harsh King Miraz, uncle to the throne’s heir, Prince Caspian, rules the land, and has made … Continue reading

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