Author Archives: A. J. Kinnaman

Notes on the human condition

Range by Daniel Epstein argues that we need generalists in our increasingly specialized world.  Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell looks into what we might want to know about the people we don’t know. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown … Continue reading

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Fresh stories: the body politic

A Republic, if You can Keep It by Neil Gorsuch makes a case for constitutional “originalism”. Oliver Wendell Holmes by Stephen Budiansky profiles the pioneering jurist who “revolutionized our understanding of common law by showing how the law always evolved … Continue reading

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Fresh stories: history

Crusaders by Dan Jones (Templers, Magna Carta) tells how a plea from the Byzantine Empire for military aid in its border wars launched a mass movement that upset the co-existence of Christians and Muslims in Palestine. What followed was decades … Continue reading

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Fresh stories

Featured this week: stories with themes drawn fresh from recent headlines and current events. For crime readers, John Sandford plunks Virgil Flowers in the middle of campus culture wars in Bloody Genius. An academic disptue turns deadly when one of … Continue reading

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Just in from NHDB

Browse the latest eBooks and audios from NH Downloadable Books on Blogspot (scroll past the eBooks to see the audios).

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Bringing the heat: intrigue

In Lethal agent by Kyle Mills, Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp is on the trail of a French microbiologist, who has been kidnapped and forced to manufacture anthrax by ISIS.  The trail leads to Mexican border, where a drug cartel is … Continue reading

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Bringing the heat: Nazis and Golems

The World that We Knew by Alice Hoffman, Hanni Kohn sends daughter Lea to a rabbi, who creates a mystical Golem who is sworn to protect her.  Together, they flee to Germany for France, where Lea finds a soulmate and … Continue reading

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