Sunday, February 20, 2011

Middle Sis' January Books

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe  Read for my 19th century literature book group. Loved it! Haven't read Poe in decades and had forgotten how atmospheric and Gothic and eerie he was.

The Evil Guest by Sheridan Le Fanu More nineteenth century Gothic creepiness. Maniacal husband, saintly wife, beautiful yet treacherous governess, isolated mansion--this book has it all. Perhaps a little stilted in its language, as befits a book published in 1851, but still enjoyable in 2011.
Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer More historic fiction, but more recent, Golden Age of Mysteries novel by the romantic writer, published in 1935. I read a couple of her mysteries when they were republished in the 1980s/1990s when I was at the wonderful Printed Word Bookstore. So naturally, when this was digitized for e-publication and Kindleized, guess what--I bought it right away. And I loved it. My favorite kind of mystery. 
Lies, Damned Lies, and Science by Sherry Seethaler Nonfiction book that explains the scientific method to a lay public, with specific discussions of how media, advertising, politicians, and others can misrepresent and/or distort, either willfully or accidentally, scientific data. Very readable, with good graphics. Focuses on hot button issues for examples, such as genetically modified food.

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