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Book reviews from the last six months.

Book Review: Maura D’Amore, Suburban Plots: Men at Home in Nineteenth-Century American Print Culture

D’Amore, Maura. Suburban Plots: Men at Home in Nineteenth-Century American Print Culture. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014. The world was a strange and startling place for Rip Van Winkle...
From The Junto 26 Aug 2014

Inventing Ethan Allen

Book Review: Inventing Ethan Allen by John J. Duffy and H. Nicholas Muller III. Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2014. Hardcover: $85.00, ISBN 978-61168-553-4. Pp. XII, 285. Index,...

Book Review: “From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David”

Michelangelo, “David,” 1501-1504. Marble, 17′ tall. Image via Wikipedia, courtesy of Rico Heil This summer I’ve found it more convenient to read eBooks for a variety of reasons,...
From Alberti's Window 31 Aug 2014

Book Review: Blessed John Henry Newman in Fiction

Ignatius Press has a sale on this summer as always and I bought two books last week: Meriol Trevor's Shadows and Light: A Novel and Evelyn Waugh's A Bitter Trial, which I'll read and review soon. Meriol...

Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence

Book Review: Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence by Jack Kelly. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. Hardback. $27.00. ISBN: 978-1-137-27877-7; 368 pages, Index. It is difficult...

Book Review: The Last White Rose

As Kirkus Reviews describes this book:The Tudors have been written about ad nauseam, but historian Seward (Eugenie: The Empress and Her Empire, 2004, etc.) opens another branch of study harkening back...

Book Review: "Papist Devils"

As mankind become more liberal they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protection of civil government. I hope...

American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution

Book Review: American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution by Walter R. Borneman (ISBN 978-0-316-22102-3; 470 pages) concentrates on the months from late 1774 to Washington taking command...

English Recusant Composers in StAR

I mentioned that I would share the cover of the September/October issue of the Saint Austin Review as soon as it was available, and here it is!But I can do even more, because Joseph Pearce (I presume)...

Literary Criticism: Plato vs. Aristotle

From The Wall Street Journal, Barton Swaim reviews James Seaton's Literary Criticism from Plato to Postmodernism:James Seaton, in his short but deeply perceptive book "Literary Criticism From Plato to...

Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence

Book Review: Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence by Ken Miller (Cornell University Press, 2014; ISBN 978-0801450556) A glance at the title gives...

Another Kind of Blood: Edward Baptist on America’s Slaver Capitalism

REVIEW: The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. By Edward E. Baptist. New York: Basic Books, 2014.
From The Junto 1 Sep 2014

Sadness and Confusion in the Sixties

This is a sad book. Reading about Evelyn Waugh's confusion and sorrow as he witnessed changes in the Mass during and after the Second Vatican Council is heartbreaking. Reading it now, seven years after...

Meditating on Materiality – a 3-part book review (Part 1)

This is a review article (posted in three parts) which has been accepted for publication in 2014 by Edinburgh University Press in Cultural History Renata Ago, Gusto for Things: A History of Objects in...

Review: “Killers of the King” by Charles Spencer

A few months ago, I found out about this upcoming release from Charles Spencer. Naturally, given its subject matter, I was excited. I was jumping up and down when I received an advanced copy of “Killers...

Half a Million Steps Along the Freedom Trail

Big congratulations to Charles Bahne for reaching the “half a million copies in print” milestone with his Compete Guide to Boston’s Freedom Trail!This paperback is not only a thorough and affordable...
From Boston 1775 23 Aug 2014

Meditating on Materiality – a 3-part book review (Part 3)

This is a review article (posted in three parts) which has been accepted for publication in 2014 by Edinburgh University Press in Cultural History Renata Ago, Gusto for Things: A History of Objects in...

St. Nicholas Owen in The Catholic Herald

Francis Phillips reviews a new book about St. Nicholas Owen:While on holiday last week I read “St Nicholas Owen: Priest-hole Maker” by Tony Reynolds (published by Gracewing, £9.99.) I have always...

Meditating on Materiality – a 3-part book review (Part 2)

This is a review article (posted in three parts) which has been accepted for publication in 2014 by Edinburgh University Press in Cultural History Renata Ago, Gusto for Things: A History of Objects in...

Review: PILGRIMAGE by Lucy Pick

For centuries, Christian pilgrims have plied the roads of Europe towards the magnificent cathedral of Saint James the Greater in Compostela, Spain. Streams of nameless pilgrims walked the Way of St. James...
From Writing the Renaissance 22 Jul 2014