Category Archives: Nonfiction – General

A Review of Michael Pollan’s Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

I’ve been holding off on this review because I wanted to be able to say that I had tried at least one of its recipes (be able to say it and not be lying, if that wasn’t obvious). Ha! For … Continue reading

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A Review of John Kaag’s American Philosophy: A Love Story

If nothing else, this memoir will make book lovers everywhere envious of John Kaag. Some six or seven years before he wrote this book, Kaag was in rural New Hampshire helping to organize a conference on William James. He was … Continue reading

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A Review of Mike Brown’s How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming

I bought this book several years ago, back when I qualified for an educator discount and could get paperbacks from Random House for $3 apiece. Whenever you see me review a book that seems out of my usual oeuvre (I … Continue reading

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A Review of James Romm’s Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

Is it just me or is everyone talking about the Stoics lately? One of the adult students I tutor works them into conversation at least once per session, and somehow or other I am part of a Facebook group called … Continue reading

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A Review of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

On the one hand, reacting to the Trump victory by immediately reading a bunch of books about poor people is a condescending and despicable thing to do. I feel a little dirty about it, honestly. On the other hand, the … Continue reading

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A Review of Stephen F. Knott and Tony Williams’ Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America

I came to this book because of my obsession with Hamilton, of course; I was interested to read a book that focused entirely on the relationship between Hamilton and Washington, and I was also interested to learn about the years … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Paul Kriwaczek’s In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World’s First Prophet

I read this book because the protagonist of one of the many novels I want to write was born into Zoroastrian family. I am well aware that the previous sentence way well be the most interesting sentence in this review, … Continue reading

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