Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Binti

For at least a month, this novella has been on my tag list for online borrowing. It finally popped up “available” a few days ago. According to my app, it took me fifty minutes to read it. I sent it … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Women In Astronomy

Books by women astronomers haven’t exactly been on a bookshelf in my home–I’ve been reading them on my phone. It’s not a withdrawal from a pandemic world as much as the delightfully wide access my e-card gives me to libraries … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

The author’s premise is not new. Bill Murray explored it with a groundhog in Pennsylvania. That flick was inspired by Ken Grimwood’s Replay, a novel I would recommend for the personal examination of living a life over and over. Catherine … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Piranesi

Well, that was a fabulous read: Piranesi. One review cited the Stockholm Syndrome when discussing this book. I didn’t get that misreading of this novel. The reader joins a childlike first person narrator in a fantastical world that consists of … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Overstory

I can’t remember who recommended this Richard Powers’ novel, but I’m glad for the opportunity to read it. Nine main characters are introduced in the first third of the book in brief biographies and a few family histories. Their connection … Continue reading

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First Books

I have no memory of what must have been my first childhood books. I do remember my mother subscribing to a book club, and I found the Dr Seuss tomes and other volumes a bit too childish for my six- … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Ten Thousand Doors Of January

Isn’t it a marvel to roll the dice on a first-time novelist and read something great? The title character (a young woman, not a month) surfaces in circa 1900 America with an ability to notice doors to other universes. What … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Last Stargazers

It’s one of the best science non-fiction books I’ve read this year. Astronomer Emily Levesque accomplishes something informative and accessible in her book. It’s been well-regarded by reviewers and readers alike. When I started reading, I thought it was going … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: I Will Lie Down This Night

I’ve had this book in my household for years. Not on my bookshelf; I think it was a gift to my wife in the early years of our marriage. If two married Catholics had a difference of opinion on daily … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Copernicus Complex

Some people like their science focused and tight. I prefer something more far-reaching. These days, with science and so many other disciplines well-honed and specialized, it is rare for an author to pull off a feat of delving into multiple … Continue reading

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Books On Games

May I make a confession? I’m thinking of retreating to YA fiction for a good long time. Last year I read Louis Sachar’sĀ The Cardturner. A friend of mine at the bridge club recommended it. He’s older than I am. It’s … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Way Of The Heart

Every so often, I find something remarkable on my wife’s bookshelf. Recently, this book caught my notice. As I paged through the first page of the prologue, I was struck by the author’s observation of the world of forty years … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Under The Starry Night

This volume pictured here has been on my bookshelf for over two decades. As I’ve been indulging some old reads and discovering new things, I thought I’d share some recommendations, starting with this book. I’ve had a membership in the … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Bees

What if religion were hard-wired into our physical being? To the point where sin or disobedience brought us the physical sensation of pain. Reader know I enjoy speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy both) because of the potential for sparking … Continue reading

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Strong In The Face Of Tribulation

The Vatican publishing house offered a free book this week. Strong In The Face Of TribulationĀ is like a small library. Andrea Tornelli offers a four-page introduction. He states the purpose of the volume: (A) little help offered to all, so … Continue reading

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