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Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing

On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »


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No More Bull!: The Mad Cowboy Targets America's Worst Enemy: Our Diet by Howard F. Lyman
No More Bull!: The Mad Cowboy Targets America's Worst Enemy: Our Diet

SKent42, January 1, 2007

This book should be required reading for everybody. Written by a Texas cattle farmer who denounced meat at age 50, he gives both the inside story of the inhumane treatments of farm animals, the view from the slaughterhouses and the questionable health of the animals we eat AND provides us with our own shaky health statistics. Written in easy-to-understand layman's terms, he encourages us to test the vegetarian and vegan waters. The back of the book is a treasure trove of easy-to-follow, unintimidating recipes from the best vegan and vegetarian chefs.
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Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

SKent42, December 4, 2006

As riveting as his last book, The Devil in the White City, Larson weaves 2 stories expertly through his book, the advent of the wireless telegraph and the rush to perfect it and bring it to the masses, juxtaposed against the tangled life of one Dr. Crippen, and the chase to hunt him down after the remains of his wife was discovered under his basement floor. Absolutely enchanting.
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Deadwood: Stories of the Black Hills by David Milch
Deadwood: Stories of the Black Hills

SKent42, October 29, 2006

This book is a loving tribute to the popular HBO television show. Almost put together in an artful 'scrapbook format,' it is chock full of anecdotes, photos, sidebars, stories, although strictly for the fan. Creator David Milch takes us on the journey of the creation of this adaptation of our unique history, the settling of illegal land in the Black Hills of South Dakota when gold was discovered in 1874. The stars of the show - Ian McShane as Al Swearengen, Molly Parker as Alma Garrett, Robin Weigart as Calamity Jane, etc. - give their own unique slant as to the their character. 'Antiqued' photos portray the stars of the show as the characters they play, and many memorable scenes are recreated in pictures throughout the book. It is an artful extension of the television performance, and bonus, a delightful desk reference or coffee table entertainment.
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