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Wolf Hall: a review of a fantabulous book!

One of the best books I have read in a long time is the Man Booker Prize winner for 2009, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

The Historian: a mild-mannered horror novel

    One book with an unlikely title has consistently shown up on the bestsellers lists.  People called it a horror novel, which put me off, but I finally took home the audio book of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  It comprises 22 discs, which was attractive, given my long commutes. Still wary, I began listening and found myself drawn in by the book's intricate weaving of three fascinating stories. At first.

Is screaming the new spanking?

    A New York Times article in October claimed that "incongruously and with regularity, this is a generation that yells." The ensuing controversy has mixed up a slurry of affirmations, denials and rationales on child rearing practices. As a mom whose adult daughter still squirms when I whisper at her, I ask you, "What's a mother, or father, to do?"  

Will we humans survive these climate changes?

     Whatever one may think about global warming and man's role in the earth's complicated ecosystems, recent events prove to everyone beyond doubt that climate change is here, and catastrophic climate change is an ever-present threat to us all. Here are some current materials that inform and present further evidence that may have been missed.

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