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Book review: 'Burgoo, Barbecue and Bourbon'
”Burgoo, Barbecue and Bourbon” by Albert W.A. Schmid. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2017. 184 pages, $27.95 (hardbound). There are many reasons to travel – work and vacation being the top two – but let's not forget food. If we are completely ...

Book review: 'The Case against Education'
Caplan's bold and provocative conclusion in “The Case Against Education” is based on a raft of statistics, which he presents ad nauseam throughout the book. His argument hinges on the idea that the main value of education, and particularly more ...

Book review (mysteries): 'The Wife Between Us,' 'The Hush,' 'The Gate Keeper' and 'The Woman in the Water'
Some mergers are founded upon a desire to avoid failure. But not that of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Ten years ago, Hendricks was novelist Pekkanen's editor. A friendship blossomed, an idea was conceived, a collaboration ensued, and “The Wife ...

Book review: Novelist offers another take on Deadwood, Calamity Jane
There has always been a mythical quality to the town of Deadwood, S.D. From what began as a mere shanty town for miners, a legendary town of gunfighters and gold emerged. Wild Bill Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker in Deadwood. In the ...

Book review: Cultural forces collide in 'The Chalk Artist'
A reviewer's worst fear: a book that is a pleasure to read and a problem to review. Fortunately, in this case the pleasures far exceed the latter. The challenge is to do justice to a narrative that crisscrosses the personal and the cultural in a most ...

Book review: 'Endure' investigates humans' physical limits
“Experts” once told us that man could not run a mile in 4 minutes, or pole vault more than 16 feet. Those records have long been surpassed, but just what is the limit of human performance? Can a 26-mile marathon be run in less than 2 hours? Many have ...

Book review: Dive into 'Woman in the Water' for popular PI's beginnings
For a number of years, I have tucked Charles Finch's Charles Lenox mystery series into my mind as something I want to read. The books always sounded so interesting, but I prefer not to jump into a series midway. When I saw that “The Woman in the Water ...

The Course of Empire
We recognize it through the profusion of period books and movies that captivate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of the issues of the time also jibe with our own — free trade, immigration, and military involvement overseas. In other ways ...

Athens, Jerusalem, Gettysburg: Leon Kass on Politics as Moral Endeavor
Our present age has been marked by various forms of collectivism. People follow trends. They rarely think or ask questions. The idea of examining one's life has become foreign, even old-fashioned, and yet the question of what it means to live a worthy ...

Book Review | Louise O'Neill's Almost Love
With Valentine's Day just gone, what better way of celebrating love in all its glory than by reading Almost Love, the upcoming novel from Louise O'Neill. Confession time: I haven't read either of Louise O'Neill's previous two well-received novels. Only ...

BOOK REVIEW: If Nina can do it, so can I
This book was fun to read but a bit problematic towards the end. A side plot of Nina helping a teen girl is very quickly and neatly resolved when in reality the situation would be messy and take more time. The romance plot feels rushed and almost as ...

Book review: 'Somebody I Used to Know' is a vivid memoir about dementia that offers solidarity and hope
Dementia, which causes the gradual decline in cognitive abilities, can affect people at any age. Getty. A dementia memoir seems like a contradiction in terms, but that's what makes Wendy Mitchell's Somebody I Used to Know such a fascinating and ...





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