Daily Archives: April 18, 2018

The Painted Queen ~ by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess

I read the first few (4?) of the long running Amanda Peabody books and enjoyed them,  but haven’t had time to continue the series.   Elizabeth Peters (the pen name of Barbara Mertz)  died a couple years ago and her … Continue reading

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Little Novels of Sicily: by Giovanni Verga

I think I was expecting something like James Joyce’s Dubliners but this is certainly not that!    Verga was a good socialist who wrote about the lives of the common people in the style of Zola –  realistically – even … Continue reading

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An afterthought on the Pinker and Gordon books:

(all links to my reviews) I finished the Robert J. Gordon book,  The Rise and Fall of American Growth:  (2015) and it is superb.  Yes!    And I reread quite a lot of Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now:   and again,  excellent … Continue reading

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