Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

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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On My Bookshelf: The Just City

To begin with, I have enjoyed every book I’ve read by Jo Walton. I might have enjoyed The Just City, but if I did, it was just for the ideas. I have not read Plato. I have no interest in … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Pearls of the Southern Skies

This is an excellent indulgence in astronomy eye candy. Photographer Dieter Willasch presents seventy-one images of galaxies and nebulae. Auke Slotegraaf adds a page of commentary on each. This is one of the better coffee table books on astronomy I’ve … Continue reading

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Another Francis

Francis de Sales getting some nice e-press this week. Check here and (surprisingly) here. From Ulrich Lehner at First Things, six points of congruence with Pope Francis, including a note on gentleness: (He) was, like his most famous follower, St. Alphonsus … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Artemis Awakening

Before reading her latest novel, I was unfamiliar with the author Jane Lindskold. The book cover informs me her books have been NYT bestsellers. I almost picked Artemis Awakening off the new book rack before Christmas. I did last week and it … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Copernicus Complex

Science writer and astrobiologist Caleb Scharf tackles the question of life in the universe. Is it common? Is it rare? Are we unique, here on Earth? The simple answer is: we don’t know. The more complex answer is that we … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Discovering Your Dream

A staff colleague recommended this book, subtitled “How Ignatian Spirituality Can Guide Your Life.” I had a four-week course on the Spiritual Exercises last summer. Jesuit Gerald Fagin’s book won’t take you that long to read–you’ll get a good summary and … Continue reading

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