Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Ingathering

Many years ago here I mentioned Zenna Henderson’s stories about the People. Great science fiction, with a single premise: aliens come to Earth and they prove to be more fully human than we are. And by more fully, I don’t mean … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Some Variety

Last night I finished a “thriller.” I don’t usually read novels of this genre, but it seemed to have a thread of fantasy, at least according to the cover description. It would be an error to say Gods of Aberdeen … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Housekeeper and the Professor

I was chatting with one of the library staff last week, lamenting (as usual) about the lack of good science fiction on their shelves that I haven’t read. I’d like a different kind of book, I mused out loud. My … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Deep Space

Govert Schilling has assembled a few hundred pages of astronomy eye candy here. Pretty pictures have inspired people to get interested in astronomy for centuries. And these days, the images are prettier than ever. One comment I’ve heard is that … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: When Saint Francis Saved the Church

Jon M. Sweeney’s 2014 release sat on my parish’s bookshelf until I picked it up for my trip this past week. Known as a historian, Mr Sweeney ventures a bit into spiritual autobiography here. And it’s well done. The man … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Gethsemani

The full title of Dianne Aprile’s 1998 book is The Abbey of Gethsemani Place of Peace and Paradox. Written on the occasion of that Kentucky monastery’s 150th anniversary, I read it over the course of four nights. A most enjoyable … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: A Natural History of the Piano

Stuart Isacoff’s book–I could call this a biography–is a hugely enjoyable read. Great combo of historical information, personal testimony of artists and by artists, and the occasional supporting illustration. Mr Isacoff starts with the ancient history of the instrument, early … Continue reading

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