Monthly Archives: February 2014

Jennifer Groneberg’s Road Map to Holland

Groneberg, Jennifer Graf. Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son’s First Two Years With Down Syndrome, (NAL Trade, 2008). Emily Pearl Kingsley once compared having a child with Down syndrome to planning a dream vacation … Continue reading

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David Mayhew’s Divided We Govern

Mayhew, David R. Divided We Govern: Party Control, Lawmaking, and Investigations, 1946-2002, 2nd. Ed. (Yale University Press, 2005). In Divided We Govern, David Mayhew considers the oft-repeated notion that unified government – here meaning a government in which one party … Continue reading

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Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch

Pratchett, Terry. Night Watch (Harper Torch, 2003). What if Inspector Javer had been good? If that question did not form at least some of the basis for Terry Pratchett’s crafting of Night Watch, then it is a shame that he … Continue reading

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G.K. Chesterton’s St. Francis of Assisi

Chesterton, G.K. St. Francis of Assisi, (Dover Publications, 1923). Chesterton’s St. Francis is not a modern biography in any sense. For myself, I found it necessary to rely on the timeline included in an appendix in order to construct a … Continue reading

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Simon Kuper’s Ajax, the Dutch, the War

Kuper, Simon. Ajax, the Dutch, the War: The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe’s Darkest Hour, (Nation Books, 2003). When Simon Kuper wrote Football Against the Enemy (the American edition is titled Soccer Against the Enemy. I use the English … Continue reading

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Licia Carlson’s The Faces of Intellectual Disability

Carlson, Licia. The Faces of Intellectual Disability: Philosophical Reflections (Indiana University Press, 2009). [Note: “Intellectual Disability” is the officially accepted term for what is commonly known as mental retardation. It covers some genetic disorders (i.e., Fragile X syndrome, Down Syndrome) … Continue reading

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Your daily dose of sexism: FRESH from Chopped.

I love cooking shows. I’m not much of a TV person as it is, but cooking shows tend to draw me easily. I watch three shows semi-regularly: Sherlock, Big Bang Theory, and Chopped. Oftentimes while I’m grading papers I’ll leave … Continue reading

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