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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »

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At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Justi, January 1, 2013

Bill Bryson is always a treat to read. "At Home" is not just the history of the home, but a delightful fairy-tale-esque story of language and people. Along with things that make you go "hmmm" like where did the phrases "sleep tight" and "in the limelight" come from, Bryson shares a wonderful history of discomfort, dangers, and invention. While all that is fascinating, Bryson also manages to capture a history of people in all their hubris, silliness, imaginations, desires, and dreams. He also beats the Darwin Awards for sharing the extraordinary way people have come to their deaths.
"At Home" was such a good read I ran out and bought Bryson's older "A Short Hisotry of Nearly Everything" which does for science what "Home" does for home furnishings. I also bought "Home" as holiday gifts and have a number of friends lining up to borrow my copy. Okay, as soon as I'm finished re-reading it...
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Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Justi, January 2, 2011

Startling portrait of the earth as we have made it; horrifying, but offers uplifting, simple global solutions on a local scale.
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

Justi, January 9, 2010

I have never read a book cover to cover as many times as I read "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson. Every time I bought the book for someone as a gift, I started reading it with that person in mind and before I knew it, I re-read the whole thing. As magical and mysterious as any mystery or fantasy book. Exceptionally well-written, and a fascinating history. I must have given out 15 copies of this! (OK maybe I didn't read it 15 times; more like 4 or 5, but still...)
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