Doomsday Book

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis Spectra, 1993 ISBN13: 9780553562736 ISBN10: 0553562738 Twenty-first-century Kivrin has painstakingly prepared for her on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in history: the early 14th century. But a crisis in present-day 2054 leaves Kivrin stranded during one of humanity’s darkest hours, while her colleagues struggle with a modern-day epidemic […]

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The Skiksa Syndrome

The Shiksa Syndrome by Laurie Graff Broadway, 2009 ISBN10: 0767927621 It’s been two weeks since my conversion to Judaism became complete. Coincidentally, I was invited to join a bus tour of Jewish Portland this morning, and our very first stop was the same mikvah where I’d been exactly fourteen days earlier to meet with the […]

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The Faith Club (Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner)

The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew — Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner Free Press, 2007 ISBN13: 9780743290487 ISBN10: 0743290488 It took me a few years, but I finally made time to read The Faith Club written by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner. […]

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Fingerprints of God (Barbara Bradley Hagerty)

Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality Barbara Bradley Hagerty Riverhead Books: May 14, 2009 ISBN-10: 1594488770 It’s been nearly a week since I finished reading this book by NPR correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty, on “the search for the science of spirituality.” When I was only about a quarter of the way […]

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The Geography of Bliss

THE GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World Eric Weiner TWELVE, 2008 ISBN: 9780446580267 Hot on the heels of recent academic studies of the world?s happiest places, former NPR correspondent Eric Weiner set out on a global road trip to find out for himself what makes a place ? […]

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Suddenly Jewish (Barbara Kessel)

SUDDENLY JEWISH Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots Barbara Kessel Brandeis University Press, 2000 ISBN: 978-1584656203 Over the space of 15 months, Barbara Kessel interviewed the men and women who responded to her advertisement seeking people who had been raised non-Jews but who had discovered Jewish roots. She posted her notices in the […]

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NEXT (Michael Crichton)

NEXT Michael Crichton HarperCollins, 2006 ISBN: 978-0-06-087298-4 I’ve been reading plenty of books in the 18 months or so since I last posted a “book blog” entry. I’ve been a lazy blogger. I admit it. After waiting for my number to come up for this book on loan from the library, I began reading “NEXT” […]

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