Monthly Archives: July 2016

A Review of The Year of the Gadfly, by Jennifer Miller (by Jill)

  Bethany reviewed this book in 2015 (see her review here), and I remember thinking it seemed like an interesting read. When it turned up on Kindle Unlimited, I added it to my queue, and when I was bored in … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

With two nominating conventions and an upcoming summer Olympics, I thought it was time to start a somewhat-complex knitting project. This tank sweater isn’t hard to make (if you’ve been reading our blog for a while you’ve probably seen me … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Jonathan Lyons’ The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

The anti-intellectualism of early Christianity makes me genuinely angry. This anger dates back to my reading of Charles Freeman’s The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason in the winter of 2012, but … Continue reading

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Thoughts on T.C. Boyle’s Wild Child and Other Stories (by Jill)

  I’ve read a few of T.C. Boyle’s short stories before, but never a whole collection of them. Wild Child and Other Stories was amazing. Each story, no matter how short, was a self-contained little universe. I wish I’d had … Continue reading

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A Review of Ian Caldwell’s The Fifth Gospel

Fact #1 that I learned from Ian Caldwell’s The Fifth Gospel: some Catholic priests can get married. The protagonist of this book is Alex Andreou, an Eastern Catholic priest who lives in the Vatican with his five-year-old son. As an … Continue reading

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Yarn Along: The Return

In honor of this week’s Republican convention, I’m reading Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here. The “it” of the title is basically totalitarianism. The novel was published in 1935 – so presumably written mostly in the years just before 1935 … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Jerome Groopman’s How Doctors Think (by Jill)

  I started a post on this book about a week ago and it seems to have vanished off my hard drive. That’s fine with me, actually, because it was going nowhere fast, and I’m hoping I can do a … Continue reading

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A Review of Zia Haider Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know

I’m not sure why, but I expected this book to be similar to The Kite Runner – and it would be, I suppose, if The Kite Runner were written by Joseph Conrad. This novel is about two friends: grown men … Continue reading

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