Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

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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On My Bookshelf: The Causal Angel

The final book of Hannu Rajaniemi’s science fiction trilogy was top of my bedside bookshelf for the past few weeks. Last Fall I read the first two books, which I reviewed here and here. The main character develops through this … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Coming Home

I returned to a familiar pair of characters in Jack McDevitt’s latest novel, Coming Home. There are six other books in this series that feature archeologist Alex Benedict and his faithful pilot and narrator Chase Kolpath. It’s somewhat rare to … Continue reading

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