Book review: Lessons from Walden: Thoreau and the Crisis of American Democracy

Lessons From Walden

Lessons from Walden:
Thoreau and the Crisis of American Democracy,
by Bob Pepperman Taylor
University of Notre Dame Press
3/30/2020
258 pages
Nonfiction / Political literature criticism
Award:
American Political Science Association 2020, Section Award for Best Book in American Political Thought
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I read Walden by Henry David Thoreau a few years ago. So when I saw Bob Pepperman Taylor had a book on it, I knew it would be a great way of going deeper into the work and its meaning. Lessons from Walden focuses also on Civil Disobedience. So I read it first to be really ready for this excellent inquiry into Thoreau’s thought. Click to continue reading

Book review: Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury

Killer Come Back to Me

Killer, Come Back to Me:
The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury,
by Ray Bradbury
Hard Case Crime
8/18/2020
330 pages
Crime fiction / Classic / Short stories

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Last year, to honor Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday, Hard Case Crime decided to publish a new collection of his short stories. Killer, Come Back to Me is unique, as it features his crime stories, something you may not expect from Bradbury if you are only familiar with his most famous books.
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Book review: Trap for Cinderella

Trap For Cinderella

Trap For Cinderella,
by Sébastien Japrisot
Translated by Helen Weaver
Gallic Books
US publication date 9/7/2021
Piège pour Cendrillon
was first published in French in 1962
176 pages
French mystery / Classic

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After the recent re-translation of many books by Georges Simenon (his Maigret series) in English, it looks like French classic thrillers are getting hot these days. And I am so delighted, as there are so many forgotten gems.
It’s now Sébastien Japrisot’s turn, with three upcoming new publications by Gallic Books.

Today, I’m thrilled to present Trap For Cinderella, which might be one of the most characteristic thrillers by this novelist, even though his most famous is probably A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche de fiançailles), because of the movie based on it. Click to continue reading