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Forsyth’s “A Short History of Drunkenness”: The Importance of Handling the Buzz

Americans in Paris celebrate the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Unknown /w New York Times, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons, 1933. Who would think to write a history of drunkenness, and what is there to say?   That’s what I thought when I ran across this bizarre little book, but as it turns out, people have …

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Get “Stoned” by Aja Raden and Learn about the Compulsion to Hoard

I got interested in reading Stoned because it’s just not everyday that you pick up a nonfiction book, or any book, and see a blurb from Madonna on the cover.  It’s also a great title, especially since the book is mostly about gemstones but a little bit about spices, which people apparently used to get …

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“Good Talk”: Learning about new aspects of Indian culture and the immigrant experience with the best New York City-scape porn this side of “Law & Order”!

Good Talk is the story of Mira Jacobs’ life as told to her son, Z, in conversations that mostly take place while they are walking the streets near their home in Brooklyn, NYC.  You know how if you are a suburban mom all of the best conversations with your kids take place while you are …

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