Voices From the Civil War

Two new books just arrived, research fodder for a class paper I’m writing on archaeological excavations done at Johnson’s Island military prison. The Johnson’s Island site covers a 16.5-acre Civil War-era military prison camp on…

No Book No Problem

The other morning I had an appointment for routine service on my car. However, in the rush to get everyone out the door I’d forgotten to pack a book or anything to work on while…

Used Books and a DVD

I was looking to kill time after a dinner out with my teenager, waiting for traffic to die down, and as we were sort of in the neighborhood I suggested we go to BookOff. It’s…

“Becket” vs. Becket

I found this book on the free books shelves at my local library, where they set out books that have languished unwanted at the monthly book fair through several cycles. I’m familiar with the historical…

My First Book Club Experience

I think one of the side effects of being a lifelong reader, is a certain level of introversion. Or maybe it’s the other way round. At any rate, I tend to avoid highly social settings,…