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Categories: Books, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on On the defensive

Latest Jackie Flowers thriller jabs at justices, journalists By Leigh E. Rich Extreme Indifference By Stephanie Kane Scribner November 2003 304 pages $23.00 Criminal defense attorney Jackie Flowers has little going for her. She left her job at the Public Defender’s office amidst scandal, lost her boyfriend of three years, can’t make the rent on […]

Categories: Books, History, People, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on On ‘Death’ and awakening

Remembering Emmett Louis Till By Leigh E. Rich Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America By Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson One World/Ballantine December 2004 320 pages In 1976, Mamie Till-Mobley witnessed the unveiling of a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Denver’s City Park. In the sculpture, […]

Categories: Books, Feminism, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on No food for thought

Dubbed fast-food fiction, ‘Tales of the Conspiracy Café’ gets stuck in the throat By Leigh E. Rich Tales of the Conspiracy Café: Barcelona By Lee Shainen The Patrice Press $9.95 Misogyny, thy name is Shainen. Ah, there are so many ways one could critique what local author Lee Shainen has dubbed “fast-food fiction” with his […]

Categories: Books, Religion, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Wit, candor highlight tale of nuns

A glimpse into the lives of the Poor Clares By Leigh E. Rich Stalking the Divine: Contemplating Faith With the Poor Clares By Kristin Ohlson Theia August 2003 272 pages 23.95 When she was alive, my 98-year-old Jewish grandmother used to say that though she never doubted the existence of God, she was sure he’s […]

Categories: Books, Health, History, Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Slow death of a monster

Arizona author documents historical battle By Leigh E. Rich The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox By Jennifer Lee Carrell Dutton June 2003 451 pages $24.95 Today, 23 years after the World Health Organization confirmed the worldwide eradication of smallpox, there are only two places one might bump into the Variola virus that […]

Categories: Books, History, Religion, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on A mystery of biblical heft

The (now discredited) story of the first archaeological link to Jesus By Leigh E. Rich The Brother of Jesus: The Dramatic Story and Significance of the First Archaeological Link to Jesus and His Family By Hershel Shanks and Ben Witherington III HarperSanFrancisco April 2003 254 pages $24.95 Physicist Saul Perlmutter, upon discovering in 1998 that […]

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Teacher treasures tenure among Kosovo Albanians By Leigh E. Rich The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo By Paula Huntley Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam February 10, 2003 256 pages $22.95 Ernest Hemingway, known for the brash, adventurous way in which he lived his life as well as the acclaimed stories he wrote, needs no introduction—not even half […]

Categories: Books, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Shopping for identity

What ‘the treasures we cart home’ say about us By Leigh E. Rich I Want That! How We All Became Shoppers By Thomas Hine HarperCollins November 2002 240 pages The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, followed by a feeding frenzy through Christmas. Contrary to popular opinion, this isn’t some […]

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Author Carolyn Slaughter, Africa, come of age in memoir ‘Before the Knife’ By Leigh E. Rich Before the Knife: Memoirs of an African Childhood By Carolyn Slaughter Alfred a Knopf Inc. January 2002 Though born in India to English parents and admittedly influenced by American fiction, there could be no other homeland for novelist Carolyn […]

Categories: Books, People, Politics, Religion, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on A timely tale of revenge

Giving peace a chance By Leigh E. Rich Kalandia, West Bank. “‘That’s him,’ the woman said, pointing over her grandchildren’s heads. I followed her finger to the wall, to the shooter’s photograph, saw his face for the first time, and sank into the couch. ‘He tried to kill someone,’ she said in an easy voice. […]

Categories: Books, Editorials, Feminism, Humor, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Hate

… à la Dorothy Parker By Leigh E. Rich Hate. À la Mrs. Dorothy Parker. Certainly, it goes without saying, no one—man or woman—could craft such lovely hate poems as the irascible Parker. For those who know only of her rabidly biting sayings (“Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses”) and equally feral […]

Categories: Books, Health, Religion, Science | Comments Off on Enlightenment through immunology

An interdisciplinary romp with a professor of pathology By Leigh E. Rich Faith, Madness and Spontaneous Human Combustion: What Immunology Can Teach Us About Self-Perception By Gerald N. Callahan, Ph.D. A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin’s Press January 2002 256 pages $23.95 Who came first, the pathologist or the poet? The world may never […]