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Book Review — Mayflower, by Nathaniel Philbrick

This book covers (briefly) the Pilgrim's departure from England through their arrival in Plymouth (1620) to King Philip's War (1675-1676). The war was the most destructive war in U.S. history based on the percentage of the population. Eight% of the white adult male population died (compared to 4.5% in the Civil War) and somewhere around 70% […]

A Field Guide to Cows

by John Pukite You know how hard it is to walk past a cow without talking to it? Read this book and you'll know what kind of cow you're talking to. After an opening section on cows and how to observe them, there's a long section on various breeds — what they look like, where […]

Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf

Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf: The Story of One Man, Two Cows, and the Feeding of a Nation, by Peter Lovenheim (2002) I'm not a vegetarian. (I had to get that out of the way since, if Amazon is any indication, I'm evidently required to state my stance on eating meat if I'm to […]

Red Sails to Capri

And in case you're one of those rare people who can't stand Italian cooking or travel books, here's another book option for you: Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil tells a wonderful story of fourteen-year-old Michele and his family who live on the small island of Capri (off the coast of Italy). When three […]

Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes is September's Book of the Month. The author and her boyfriend fall in love with Tuscany and eventually buy a rundown house there. And, this being Tuscany, there's the obligatory olive grove where they learn to raise their olives. They struggle with getting work down on their villa […]

Book o’ the Month Questions

For added enjoyment, here are a couple questions on April's Book O' the Month, The Edge of the World. Even if you're not yet reading the book, you can still answer these questions! Describe something about your hometown that only you might remember. Can you think of something quaint? Something sad? Something funny? Terry’s mother […]

Book o’ the Month Update

This month’s author, Phil Callaway, writes to say you can order an autographed copy of his book at www.laughagain.org There is also a study guide available at the site for the book.

April Book of the Month

This month’s book is Phil Callaway’s The Edge of the World. Here’s the review from Callaway’s website: Award–winning columnist and author Phil Callaway offers up his first novel filled with the warmth and richness readers have come to love! Sigmund Brouwer calls it “A spellbinding memoir of childhood—both funny and forgiving.” Bob Hope’s jokewriter, Martha […]

Book of the Month for March — Peace Like a River

by Leif Enger (2002) Not the sort of book I generally read, and probably not the sort of book you'd expect me to recommend, but life is funny like that … Here's what Amazon has to say.

Book o’ the Month

The book o' the month for February is actually a poem from the Carp 500 list. Think of the joy you will feel in reading this poem, and rating it; getting another step closer to your goal of completing the 500. You can thank me by sending flowers. Here is the poem: (A short explanation […]