Monthly Archives: September 2011

Real estate: In a time when volumes are given excessively detailed titles, must books deliver all that they promise? An enquiry into the utility of extensive subtitles, with additional observations about a particular book

307.7680974813, Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville: Real Estate Development in America from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-First Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway, by Witold Rybczynski (2007). Are you enamored of excessively … Continue reading

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A grab bag in the 300s

The 300s (that is, the decade from 300-309) seem like quite a grab bag; the subject is listed as social sciences, sociology, and anthropology, but in my library the range seems huge– and with few links among the books.  Not … Continue reading

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The season for 370s?

It seems like it should be the season for the 370s– education– given that it’s Labor Day and that school traditionally starts tomorrow.  But, oh my, do I ever have a case of the not-readies!  (On preview, that looks like … Continue reading

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Nerves of steel

624.1821092273, High Steel: The Daring Men Who Built the World’s Greatest Skyline, 1881 to the Present, by Jim Rasenberger (2004). Rasenberger is a real storyteller, of an old-fashioned sort that draws you in.  I read this book quite quickly, completely … Continue reading

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