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May. 24th, 2011


The RadleysThe Radleys by Matt Haig
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

On the surface, the Radleys appear to be an average middle-class British family. However, they are vampires, trying hard to contain their impulses and raise their children in ignorance of their true identities. Provocation leads to a violent act and the Radleys are forced to confront their true natures and the nature of suburban middle-class living. Written in short episodic chapters, the book is a quick read, if somewhat predictable.

The Wordy ShipmatesThe Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting, sometimes irreverent, history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, including such noted figures as John Winthrop and Anne Hutchinson. Vowell uses the history to discuss our nation's Puritan ideals, which are often at odds with the intentions of the actual Puritans. She examines these notions, including the idea of the "city on a hill," popularized by Ronald Reagan and subsequent presidents, in light of the Puritans' meaning as well as what it has become, post-September 11. Interesting and informative without even seeming pedantic.



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