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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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“The Secret Life of Groceries”: Is it possible to eat well and trade fairly?

Does “Shopping Carefully” do any good? Many people are aware of abuses in the American food chain and do what they can to spend their money for “good”. Some opt out of eating certain foods altogether, and some pay a premium for foods they believe are ethically produced. The problem is that government agencies are …

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“A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves”: 21st Century Migration Isn’t What You Think!

Why A Good Provider is One Who Leaves is on The Lois Level I spotted this book in the new book section at one of my usual libraries.  I almost passed it by because I felt that I knew what I needed to know about the “usual” narrative of “migration”, which has to do with …

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Ready to tidy up? Or looking for a reason to stall? Try Marie Kondo’s MANGA.

Short Read Buy on Amazon When I saw this book in a bookstore, I had to give it a go.  Like just about everyone, I saw Kondo’s series on Netflix last January (I have never seen a more well-timed release in my life) although I hadn’t read her books.  And then you know, manga.  The …

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