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I can’t remember how many years I’ve been reading books for Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge but each year I’ve tried ..read more
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Some of you might remember at the beginning of this year I vowed to read more long-form writing. Immediately afterwards I posted my ..read more
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For as long as I’ve been done the European Reading Challenge I’ve included a book about Italy. Last year it was Tobias Jones’s The ..read more
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Last November I mentioned how lucky I am to have access to a great rural public library with a surprisingly large collection of books, ..read more
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Back in May I reviewed Jenny White’s The Abyssinian Proof, a novel that takes place during the waning years of the Ottoman Empire. ..read more
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Once upon a time, before Bill Clinton was getting it on with Monica Lewinsky and Donald Trump was having sex with porn stars and grabbing ..read more
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I’ve always been fascinated by the interwar period. With the old Eurasian powers Russia, Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire ..read more
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When I signed up for the 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge I figured on two things. One, as much as I’d like to read 20 books over ..read more
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I have a good buddy who’s a professor at the nearby university and this summer he invited me to join his book group to discuss ..read more
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It might surprise some of you, but I’ve never read anything by Stephen E. Ambrose. You’d think after hearing so many good things over ..read more

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