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June 18, 2009
Charles Stephen explores "American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America" by Edmund S Morgan, a collection of 17 essays on defining incidents and people from Puritan America. Otis Young concentrates on "The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter,... more››
June 11, 2009
Otis Young studies Kevin Roose's "The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University," the inside scoop from an undercover liberal student who studied at Liberty University. Charles Stephen gazes upon "Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris,... more››
June 4, 2009
Charles Stephen contemplates "Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt" by David Hempton, a series of short biographies on influential artists, activists, and scholars and their journeys away from the Evangelical movement. Otis Young considers "How Free Is Free?: The Long Death... more››
May 28, 2009
Otis Young reviews Steven Gaines' "Fool's Paradise: Players, Poseurs, and the Culture of Excess in South Beach," which takes readers on a tour of the decadent lifestyle and (in)famous people making up the Florida city. Charles Stephen ponders "The Book of Dead Philosophers" by Simon Critchley, an... more››
May 21, 2009
Charles Stephen wades into "Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and His Rivals in the South Pacific" by Geoffrey Blainey, a chronicle of the famous Briton's explorations in the late 1700s. Otis Young investigates "The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story" by Diane Ackerman, the true story of how a pair of zoo... more››
May 14, 2009
Otis Young sizes up "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan, a fictionalized retelling of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous affair and life with Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Charles Stephen illuminates "Death of a Witch," the 25th installment of M.C. Beaton's "Hamish Macbeth" mysteries. Stephen also takes a brief look... more››
May 7, 2009
Charles Stephen unwraps Kim Phillips-Fein's "Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan," a researched account of the corporations and businessmen who labored to steer the U.S. to the right. Otis Young peruses "Sundays at Tiffany's" by James Patterson, an... more››
April 30, 2009
Otis Young reviews "The Divorce Party," by Laura Dave, a new novel about what happens when two women - one entering marriage and one leaving it - meet at a divorce party. Charles Stephen discusses "About Face" the 18th novel by Donna Leon featuring her Venice-based detective, Guido Brunetti, and "... more››
April 23, 2009
Otis Young reviews a new crime novel, "The Second Opinion", by Michael Palmer. Charles Stephen discusses "The Painter's Chair" by Hugh Howard, an historical look at the paintings done of George Washington.
April 16, 2009
Charles Stephen interviews Nebraska author Mary Pipher about her new book, "Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddist in the World" The book is a memoir of Pipher's life.