Chaos Is Better Than Order

I don’t even know where to begin in describing and reviewing All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr. It is a sweeping and gorgeous novel about Germany and France during World War II. In some ways, it is "just" another one of those novels capitalizing on the horror and tragedy of our... Continue Reading →

Remembering a WWII Veteran from My Family Tree

My great uncle James Kelton January died in the Pacific theater of World War II. I discovered this by accident while doing family history work, which I love.  Modern technology has made it easy (and addicting) to find and trace your relatives. While my family history work has slowed down because of my academic research... Continue Reading →

I Didn’t Like Catch-22

I didn't really like Catch-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller and number 13 on  the BBC book list.  I'm not saying it isn't a likeable book or that you shouldn't read it or that others won't enjoy it, but I did not.  I'm not sure exactly why, because it is funny and well written.  But I... Continue Reading →

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