Book Reflection: Misty of Chincoteague

Growing up I had a large collection of Marguerite Henry's horse books: Misty of Chincoteague; Sea Star; Stormy, Misty's Foal; Black Gold; Justin Morgan Had a Horse; Twilight and others. They, among my Animal Arc and The Saddle Club books, were meant to be stored and never given away because I knew I would love …

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Book Reflection: On Writing Well

It was great; then it wasn't. I have mixed feelings about On Writing Well by William Zinsser. I love the first 94 pages, but the rest far less so. That's a 28 percent good book, and that makes my final three star ratings more than generous. What Zinsser writes in the first 94 pages cater …

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Book Reflection: Tales of the Horse

Rural towns everywhere have an older generation that shares stories about how they grew up farming, mining, and other professions that are either phasing out or converted to rely on technology to the point the job doesn't resemble the version predating World War II. Often the elderly converse with good humor despite how ludicrously harsh …

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Book Reflection: “The Practical Naturalist” by Chris Packham

Your favorite civilian natural science book comes with prerequisites: vivid photos from altocumulous clouds to decomposition fungi, key hiding spots of small insects and charismatic critters, and nontechnical but curiosity-provoking descriptions of ecological concepts--all of which fill The Practical Naturalist. Edited by Chris Packham and written by a team of scientists, this book is detailed …

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Book Reflection: “Spirit’s Princess” by Esther M. Friesner

Spirit's Princess is the first of Esther M. Friesner's Princesses of Myths I've read, and I chose it over the other options at the library because I haven't read a fictional book based in Japan in ages. Shortly after checking this out I came to GoodReads to add it as a current read and glimpse …

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Book Reflection: “American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree”

The American chestnut tree, Castanea dentata, was one of the first biological icons to be virtually vacated from an integral position in both the environment and American society. We knew little about accidental imports of exotic species, and the introduction of the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica spurred the discussion and action. I was fascinated with the topic when …

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Book Reflection: “What Went Wrong?”

What Went Wrong: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis Reflection: After the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe entered the termed "dark ages" of inward warfare and cultural intolerance, and the Middle East entered the Islamic "golden age." Between now and then, Europe has developed a diverse but …

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