Book reviews

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Apologia pro Vita Sua by John Henry Cardinal Newman

Apologia pro Vita Sua by John Henry Cardinal Newman

I'll be spending 2013 reading biographical materials. When someone writes the story of his/her life, I wonder – why did this person feel the need to write about his/her life? To begin, I'd like to look at John Henry Cardinal Newman's spiritual autobiography, Apologia pro Vita Sua.

Something Red by Douglas Nicholas

Something Red by Douglas Nicholas

I love stories about things that go bump in the night. There is just nothing better than entering into another world full of unknowable dangers and getting lost there.

Living with the Bomb

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

A serendipitous (and sometimes tangential) time-travel adventure inspired by the library. It all started when I met a group of Cub Scouts and their parents down in Kirk Hall of the Central Library...

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit book cover

Tolkien wrote The Hobbit as a children’s book. It provides a much less grand vision than The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but that doesn't mean it lacks seriousness or that it fails to raise some serious questions.

Holy Bones, Holy Dust by Charles Freeman

Holy Bones, Holy Dust book cover

Charles Freeman in Holy Bones, Holy Dust examines the long use and veneration of items from Biblical times and from those considered to be saints after that, an interesting perspective outside of a traditional historical narrative.