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Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk
Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk
by Massimo Pigliucci
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read but well worth the trouble, July 24 2014
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Airy fads and pernicious fallacies in the name of God, religious nincompoops who deny Darwin and all science, nitwits who can hardly spell but who know in their hearts that climate change is a Commie plot (!): all these morons and peddlers of pseudo-scientific bulls*** are precisely revealed for the not-very-bright mental sluggards they really are. An invaluable book to gift to students attending religious high schools. Not an easy read but well worth the trouble, "Nonsense on Stilts" is a breath of the clear air of reason in a world that seems to be retreating to the mumbled hypocrisies of organized religions.

Jacob's Wound: A Search for the Spirit of Wildness
Jacob's Wound: A Search for the Spirit of Wildness
by Trevor Herriot
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely Written Meditation on Ecology and Spiritual Renewal in a Nature Worth Saving, June 16 2014
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I have not encountered beauty of English Canadian prose as great as Herriot in many a year's reading. He is superb. He is a God-drenched Roman Catholic mystic and I am a practical atheist. But I am now reading all his books. He teaches me how to coddle an English sentence. My spiritual uplift in reading Herriot comes not from his piety but from watching the creation and semantic deployment of our glorious language.

The Secret Language Of Doctors
The Secret Language Of Doctors
by Brian Goldman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Public the Secret Slang of Doctors, June 1 2014
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The book is bracing. It is funny. It is humane. Some of Ontario doctors' secret slang is shocking, but chiefly this study of a private code within English is both critical and sympathetic. Goldman conducts a program on CBC Radio that is equally intelligent and exhilarating. Anyone with a nurse or doctor birthday upcoming should browse this book as a possible gift.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition
by Inc. Merriam-Webster
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Intermediate English Dictionary for high school and college students, May 17 2014
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I like best of all the clear definitions.

ONLINE ONLY: I don't like the too-widely spaced main entries on the M-W website. There is too much white space between lines and surrounding entry lines.

I DISLIKE the too terse etymologies. I want my students to know where words come from. The lexicographers who boiled down the Unabridged M-W went way too far in reducing etymological citations.

More quotes and citations from current literary and scientific writing should be included.

More of the recondite private vocabularies of sciences should be included.

In short, the Collegiate should contain more pages.

The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
by Andrea Camilleri
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Italian Mystery Novel Suffers in Translation, June 22 2012
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The Shape of Water is a mediocre mystery, if one judges a novel by the reader's compulsion to discover the murderer.The thrust to learn the truth of a detective story is hampered by translation from Italian. It is not a bad translation, but it is a tale told not in its original language. Therefore the author's Sicilian humour and sense of comic doom and shrug of cynical chaos reads oddly in Englgish. What may be sprightly prose in Italian is workmanlike plodding in colorless English. Granted, I am a big fan of idiomatic English and no fan at all of translation. I would end with an Italian proverbial saying that covers the situation perfectly: traditore - tradutore "the translator is a traitor." It means the author's intents in his native language can never be fully transposed into a foreign language. And Andrea Camilleri, whatever his prowess in Italian, does not translate into the deft and compelling English required to hold a mystery reader's attention.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Structure of biography as important as content, Feb. 29 2012
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"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson

a note by Bill Casselman on Feb 29, 2012

By now we all know the chief biographical revelations of Isaacson's popular book. What impressed me was the book's structure and ease of reading.

Isaacson's many years at Time Magazine as editor and writer have taught him the dextrous presentation of fact, the patient parcelling out of life info.

This is one bio. where the reader does not have to wait until the end of the book for insights into what made Jobs the man he was.

Isaacson strews sweet jellybeans of bio-insight all along the book's path.

A literate joy to read!

As a writer, I've started to re-read it, to pay closer attention to the adept verbal carpentry work Mr. Isaacson performed while structuring his project.

Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "What's Funny About This"
Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "What's Funny About This"
by P. J. O'Rourke
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars mailed paperback copyof O'Rourke book, Jan. 28 2012
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I was completely satisfied with the O'Rourke book mailed to me. It arrived in a timely fashion and, as a used paperback, was in the condition advertised.

Quite happy with the whole process.

Bill Casselman

Reflections On A Marine Venus
Reflections On A Marine Venus
by Lawrence Durrell
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars goods\product service, Aug. 12 2011
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Paperback arrived in a timely manner and was exactly as described, in good shape for a used book.I am totally satisfied with the order.

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