Tag Archive: great books

Jul 27

Non-Fiction Friday: Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant

If you watched the Discovery Channel special about raising the mammoth back in 2000 then you know a little about the contents of this book. The story is a blend of science, adventure, history and politics. The mammoth is a creature that haunts the modern imagination. Sure, dinosaurs get all the press and their resurrection …

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Jul 13

Non-Fiction Friday: Stalking the Wild Asparagus

I can’t get my kids to eat their vegetables at the dinner table. This isn’t news to most parents of course. I was the same way as a kid I suppose. If you tagged along with us on a hike deep into the forest, though, you would see a different side of them both. They …

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Jun 01

Non-Fiction Friday: Liars for Jesus Volume 1 by Chris Rodda

This week’s edition of Non-Fiction Friday is going to be quick. This week has left me mentally and physically exhausted. I need a vacation. Have you heard about America’s Christian heritage? Did you know that we were founded as a Christian nation? Did you know that the separation of church and state was a myth, …

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May 25

Non-Fiction Friday: The Earth Dwellers

Most who walk out their front door in the morning can be oblivious. Those who have the luxury of a well manicured yard can look out over that sea of green and let that evolved sense of serenity, however faint, wash over them before they get in the car and drive to work. Though my lawn …

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May 11

Fiction Friday: Where the Wild Things Are

Often our legacy chooses us. The parts that others choose to remember most rarely reflect the moments we want to remain etched in public opinion. So is the case of one of the greatest children’s book author’s of all time. Maurice Sendak probably never expected Where the Wild Things Are to be his legacy or …

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Apr 27

Fiction Friday: Speak

There is this thing that happens to many adolescent girls. It often happens in middle school but sometimes waits till high school. Somehow a rumor gets started and you suddenly become a pariah. No one will be seen talking to you. Doesn’t matter if the rumor is grounded in reality. It only matters if people …

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Apr 21

Non-Fiction Friday: Have a Nice Doomsday, Why Millions of Americans are Looking Forward to the End of the World

Non-Fiction Friday is on Saturday this week due to our observance of the Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is over now. Please don’t stay silent. If you see injustice, whether it be bullying or oppression or corruption, if you see the rights of others being trampled, please speak up. Those of us who …

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Apr 13

Non-Fiction Friday: How to Build a Dinosaur

It’s hard to have even a passing interest in paleontology and not know the name Jack Horner. He and some of his colleagues have shaken the world of dinosaur paleontology more than a few times over the years. In the book How to Build a Dinosaur he and James Gorman tell a compelling set of narratives about …

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Apr 06

Fiction Friday: Hero

This is a book I probably would have never heard of except that it caused outrage in a class I eventually took myself in college. Hero* by Perry Moore is another book in the YA genre.  Hero centers around the story of a young man, Thom, who realizes he has superpowers. Thom’s  superpowers ought to …

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Mar 23

Non-Fiction Friday: Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless

So I just finished Greta Christina’s new book, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless this morning and damn, I’m pissed. Not to say that I wasn’t pissed before. Also not to say that I’m letting it interfere with my ability to function and be happy but goddammit I’m …

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