Book Review: Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton


Author: Alain de Botton Title: Religion for Atheists Publication Info: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012. ISBN: 9780307379108 Summary/Review: An erudite atheist, de Botton makes a good case for religion.  Not for the belief in god or the supernatural, but the basic fact that humans invented religion and carried it down through the ages that it must serve some…

Book Review: The Fiery Trial : Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner


Author:  Eric Foner  Title: The Fiery Trial : Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery Publication Info:  New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2010. ISBN:   9780393066180 Summary/Review: Every year on or around Lincoln’s Birthday I read a book about Abraham Lincoln, and this year I read this study about Lincoln’s evolving views on slavery.  Some people consider him…

Book Review: The Sandman : Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman


Author: Neil Gaiman Title: The Sandman : Preludes & Nocturnes  Publication Info: Vertigo (2010), Edition: Reprint ISBN: 1401225756 Summary/Review: This is the first collection of the legendary comic book series about Dream, the personification of dreams.  In this story he his captured and held prisoner for 70 years, avenges himself on his captors, and sets forth to rebuild his…

Book Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill


Author: Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen  Publication Info: America’s Best Comics (1999) ISBN: 1563898586 Summary/Review: This novel brings together several fictional characters – Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Dr. Jekyl, and the Invisible Man – to solve mysteries in an alternate universe London.  The tone of the book is dark and the…

Book Review: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan


Author: Jennifer Egan Title: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Publication Info: Anchor (2011) ISBN: 0307477479 Summary/Review: I think it took me a good 70-80 pages to get into this collection of intertwined short stories and vignettes, but from that point on I was won over.  Egan does a good job of establishing characters with seemingly minor characters from…

Book Review: Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Including Jackson Hole by Don Pitcher


Author: Don Pitcher Title: Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Including Jackson Hole Publication Info: Avalon Travel Publishing (2011), Edition: Fifth Edition ISBN: 1598807366 Summary/Review: I read a couple of travel guides to feed my daydreams of taking my kids to Yellowstone in a few years and enjoyed the armchair tour.  This guide is good in that it describes not…

Book Review: The Rough Guide to Yellowstone & Grand Teton by Stephen Timblin


Author: Stephen Timblin Title: The Rough Guide to Yellowstone & Grand Teton Publication Info: Rough Guides (2011), Edition: 2, ISBN: 1848367716 Summary/Review: I read a couple of travel guides to feed my daydreams of taking my kids to Yellowstone in a few years and enjoyed the armchair tour.  This guide is good in that it lists of options for…

Book Review: Best Mets by Matthew Silverman


Author: Matthew Silverman Title: Best Mets Publication Info: Lanham, Md. : Taylor Trade Pub., c2012. ISBN: 9781589796706 Summary/Review: I received and advanced copy of this book for free through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program, who like to send me books about baseball (I wonder why).  The title of the book pretty much sums things up, this is a book…

Book Review: Green Metropolis by David Owen


Author: David Owen Title: Green Metropolis: why living smaller, living closer, and driving less are keys to sustainability Publication Info:Riverhead Books, c2009. ISBN: 9781594488825 Summary/Review: Owen makes a very compelling case for cities as the most environmentally friendly places to live and work due to the efficiencies of living closer, sharing resources, and reducing travel with New York City as the…

Book Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman


Author: Neil Gaiman Title: American Gods Publication Info: New York : W. Morrow, c2001. ISBN: 0380973650 Books Read by the Same Author: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch The Graveyard Book The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes Summary/Review: Shadow is released early from prison when his wife and boss die in a car…

Book Review: Saturday by Ian MacEwan


Author: Ian MacEwan Title: Saturday Publication Info: Recorded Books (2005) ISBN: 1419332872 Books Read By Same Author: Atonement Summary/Review: MacEwan’s novel follows a seemingly ordinary day in the life of a London neurosurgeon as he goes about his tasks and ruminates analytically on his life and work.  It’s interesting how seemingly major things (like a car crash)…