Book Review: Semicolon, Cecelia Watson

Book Review: Semicolon, Cecelia Watson Nonfiction: Semicolon, Cecelia Watson   At Scintilla we get book recommendations from a variety of sources: book blog tours often invite our participation; “best of” lists and award winners grab our attention; our local library, Schlow, makes some outstanding suggestions; friends and family point us toward books they’ve enjoyed.   […]

Book Review: Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough, John J. Ross, M.D.

Book Review: Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough, John J. Ross, M.D.   Nonfiction: Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough, John J. Ross, M.D.   Certain writers’ works are, dare I say, infected with certain maladies. Shakespeare frequently refers obliquely to syphilis. James Joyce has multiple descriptive names for gonorrhea. Tuberculosis affects characters in Jane Eyre and […]

Book Review: 18 Tiny Deaths, Bruce Goldfarb

Book Review: 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics,, Bruce Goldfarb   Nonfiction: 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics,, Bruce Goldfarb   Although it would make a great title for a crime novel, 18 Tiny Deaths […]

Book Review: Domesticated, Richard C. Francis

Book Review: Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World, Richard C. Francis   Nonfiction: Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World, Richard C. Francis   Domesticated is a scientific examination of the evolution of domesticated mammals. Tracing their origins back to their wild ancestors, Richard C. Francis explores the changes and modifications that domestication has made on […]

Book Review: Mobituaries, Mo Rocca and Jonathan Greenberg

Book Review: Mobituaries, Mo Rocca and Jonathan Greenberg   Nonfiction: Mobituaries, Mo Rocca and Jonathan Greenberg   Did you know that Thomas Paine, famed author of the Revolutionary War era pamphlet Common Sense, writer of the sentence “These are the times that try men’s souls,” the single best selling American author in history (by percentage […]

Book Review: Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems, Marjorie Maddox

Book Review: Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems, Marjorie Maddox   Poetry/Nonfiction: Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems, Marjorie Maddox   Inside Out is absolutely delightful. I truly wish that someone had written this book 40 years ago when I was in junior high school. Of course, Marjorie Maddox was not […]