The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)

I was reminded of this book after reading Turn Right at Macchu Picchu.  For their extensive network of roads to function in the Peruvian mountains, the Inca needed bridges to cross rivers and gorges.  So they engineered them out of grass.  Of course a grass bridge requires constant maintenance to stay together.  But don't let the … Continue reading The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)

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The Silver Chair (C. S. Lewis)

Turns out I will have a difficult time deciding on my favorite Narnia book.  I thought it would easily be The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, but after reading The Silver Chair I’m not so sure. In this installment, Eustace is back, along with his schoolmate Jill Pole.  In another jab at “progressive” childrearing (whatever … Continue reading The Silver Chair (C. S. Lewis)

The Sabbath in Puritan New England (Alice Morse Earle)

If you ever go looking for reading material about New England history, Alice Morse Earle will eventually come up. I didn’t know initially whether this was due to her merit as a historian, or just nostalgia for old books. The Sabbath in Puritan New England was first published in 1891, and while the old-fashioned writing … Continue reading The Sabbath in Puritan New England (Alice Morse Earle)