A History of the World in 100 Objects

Since having an encyclopedia on the shelves was replaced with instant access through the internet, reference books have become obsolete – almost.  One worth having on your shelf is the British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, based … Continue reading

What’s Your Inspiration?

What inspires an author or an artist? For Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City, it’s an Acheulean hand ax, a Stone Age tool that looks like a carved rock – easily held in the hand – the world’s … Continue reading

Nonfiction Books

Titles in color are direct links to the reviews.  Access other reviews by typing the title into the “Search” block on the home page. Update: More Nonfiction Book Reviews: Just Kids (National Book Award) Swerve (National Book Award) Imagined London Chasing the … Continue reading

End of the Year Review – Books of 2016

Seven is a lucky number and the Chinese promise the Year of the Rooster in 2017 will be an improvement over 2016’s Year of the Monkey.  Yesterday, a rooster ran across the road in front of my car; thankfully I … Continue reading