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The Everglades

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas lived a long, productive life. In her thirties and forties she wrote short stories for The Saturday Evening Post. …

The Pentagon

The Pentagon, a History: the Untold Story of the Wartime Race to Build the Pentagon–and to Restore It Sixty Years Later, by Steve …

Commonwealth

The oranges on the cover of this book signify two watershed events inside. Oranges picked from the Keatings’ backyard trees, juiced and mixed …

Inauguration Days

My life can be measured in four-year chunks–high school, college, graduate school, and Presidential terms. I was 10 months old when Roosevelt …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last Friday evening Leslie, David and I attended an hour-long jazz tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Zach Bartholomew’s Trio at the Coral …

Rising Women

Women who were good at math had few job opportunities in 1939, when this book begins. A few lucky ones became human computers with …

Alexander Hamilton

As soon as I “met” Alexander Hamilton as a statue while Celebrating Independence in Philadelphia, I began reading Alexander Hamilton, the 2005 biography by Ron …

Lowland = High Impact

I first met two of the main characters in this novel, Subhash and Udayan Mitra, almost three years ago, when the first chapter …

The True American

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas is a gripping account of a horrible crime in Dallas almost 15 years …

Sailor, Sinner, Stargazer

It took me 16 years to get around to this book and another 16+ hours to read it, but discovering a remarkable female …