February 13, 2024

The Fool’s Tarot: An Introduction to the Triune World of the Three Arcana

In the first of a two-volume series, Gerald-Johan Vanoise proposes a radical reinterpretation/redesign of the traditional 78-card deck that has dominated contemporary tarot practice.

The Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) system—card decks with detailed narrative images—has turned tarot readings into what Vanoise labels “a process of image association and symbol interpretation”—one that’s prone to error because readers unwittingly […]

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December 18, 2023

The Gospel of the Four

In The Gospel of the Four, author Peter Boaz Jones knits together all four gospels of the Christian New Testament to provide a comprehensive account of the life and ministry of Jesus.

Jones proceeds chronologically, beginning with genealogy and accounts of Jesus’s birth, before describing Jesus’s baptism, ministry, death, and afterlife. Every few verses, Jones […]

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November 7, 2023

The Free Market Manifesto!

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels envisioned a revolution where the workers would seize control of social forces and bring about a “dictatorship of the proletariat.” Author Kareim A. Haqq offers a manifesto diametrically opposed to Marx’s. Whereas Marx envisioned a period where power would be centralized in the State, Haqq offers […]

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October 17, 2023

On Censorship: A Public Librarian Examines Cancel Culture in the US

In On Censorship, a seasoned librarian offers sane, sensible advice on how to respond to the rising tide of book challenges in ways that encourage healthy discussion and intellectual growth.

Author James LaRue, former director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, begins by […]

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June 27, 2023

You Are What You Secrete

Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, affecting everything from blood sugar to bone strength, and are also capable of promoting some cancers, explains Dr. Ellis Levin, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, and Vice-Chair in the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. In this tightly written book, the eminent clinician/researcher explores […]

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June 27, 2023

Library Lin’s Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs

Dovetailing with Linda Maxie’s previous offering, Library Lin’s Curated Collection of Superlative Nonfiction, this companion list curates compelling personal stories across a range of themes and time periods.

Unhappy that “there were so many great biographies that I couldn’t include for lack of space,” in her last book, Maxie offers a smorgasbord of titles here, […]

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March 14, 2023

Bible Album: Art Book – New Heart English Bible Edition

Esdras Pierre Etrenne’s Bible Album is a lengthy offering (1,785 pages) of nature photographs accompanied by Bible verses.

The author begins the book with a note: “I wanted to make something beautiful for the world . . . so this is it!” This statement provides the sole context for the rest of the book. After […]

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July 11, 2022

Library Lin’s Curated Collection of Superlative Nonfiction

This impressive book—a veritable portable public library—offers an amazing wealth of nonfiction reading recommendations on virtually every subject.

Librarian Linda Maxie scoured best-of and award lists to find her selections, which include biographies and memoirs as well as some canonical literature. She organizes the list by the Dewey Decimal Classification system, which offers the benefit […]

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June 20, 2022

The Trouble with Doctors: Fraud and Deceit in Medicine

Late physician John “Jock” Anderson examines wrongdoing in his discipline in this posthumously published survey. Singling out 15 especially egregious cases of doctors who abused the trust of patients or colleagues, he paints an arresting group portrait of Hippocratic Oath-violators.

Anderson, himself a pioneer in ultrasound techniques, places the most emphasis on fraud in the […]

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