The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)

I don’t remember how young I was when I last read The Chronicles of Narnia.  Around nine, I think.  And even then I didn’t read them on my own:  my mom read them to me chapter by chapter before bed.  Since I was so long overdue for a reread, I put all seven books on … Continue reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)

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The Scarlet Plague (Jack London)

The Scarlet Plague is included in the collection Fantastic Tales (see previous review), but since it’s really more of a novella than a short story, and brings up plenty to discussion topics, I’m giving it its own review.  (Above is the cover of the first edition.) First, the plot.  The Scarlet Plague is set several … Continue reading The Scarlet Plague (Jack London)

A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (John Demos)

If you’re familiar with major works on 17th-century New England history, Edmund Morgan’s The Puritan Family looms rather large.  A Little Commonwealth is very much like that book – only a few decades later and using a bit different approach to the data. Demos tries to be self-consciously “quantitative” in A Little Commonwealth – i.e., … Continue reading A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (John Demos)