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Your Post-World Cup Reading List

The glow of the World Cup is fading now. New soccer fans must brave the dead of summer. MLS is fine, and if you’re lucky enough to live in a major city (or Ann Arbor), then you may have an … Continue reading

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Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale, (McClelland and Stewart, 1985). It is tempting to think of the dystopic society described in The Handmaid’s Tale as implausible. Given current conditions in the U.S. and other similar countries, a society in which women … Continue reading

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Philip Roth’s The Ghost Writer

Roth, Philip. The Ghost Writer, (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1979). Nathan Zuckerman, Philip Roth’s most famous character, never seems to do much of anything. Many times, one almost forgets he is there. In The Human Stain, my favorite Roth novel, … Continue reading

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Frederick Coppleston’s History of Philosophy, Vol 1: Greece and Rome

Copleston, Frederick. A History of Philosophy, Vol 1: Greece and Rome, (Image Books, 1962). There are less taxing ways to learn about philosophy. Frederick Copleston spends about as many pages talking about ancient western philosophy as Bertrand Russell spent on … Continue reading

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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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