Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Modern Scholar: How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value
Book on CD Review:  How To Think:  The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value:  Michael D. C Drout
In How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value, Professor Michael D. C. Drout give an impassioned defense and celebration of the value of the liberal arts.  Charting the evolution of the liberal arts from their roots in the educational system of Ancient Rome through the Middle Ages and to the present day, Drout shows how the liberal arts have consistently been” the tools to rule” essential to the education of the leaders of society.  Offering a reasoned defense of their continuing value, Drout also provides suggestions for improving the state of the liberal arts in contemporary society.     
This is an excellent program.  Professor Drout has a gift for making all the parts and parcels of knowledge accumulated over a time period come together in a cogent and interesting way.  His love of the liberal arts, literature, grammar and other disciplines shines through in all his recorded books offerings but none in such a way as this offering!  Please pick this up! It will engage your mind and lead you on a great journey.

Reviewed by Karen   

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Interested in Alternate History Books?

My Real Children by Jo Walton

Patricia has three children. Or does she have four?  Is she a housewife who’s rarely left Britain or a travel writer who loves all things Italian? 

Spending her last days in the dementia ward of a nursing home, ninety year old Patricia is used to forgetting things.  She forgets small things, such as the day of the week or where she left her glasses, and she forgets very big things as when she forgets her grandson’s recent death.  However, something is different.  She is certain that she remembers two distinct lives with very different paths all based on one fateful decision. Yes or No?  Now or Never?   

Based on the idea that a decision can literally change the whole world, this novel of alternative history will appeal to readers of domestic literature who don’t mind a little fantasy/science fiction thread woven in. 

For fans of Life After Life (Atkinson) and  The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Review by Amy