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Shelf Life: A Must-Read, Lifetime-Learning List for Men Part 1 By George Grant

  Readers are inveterate and unapologetic list makers.  Indeed, according to Umberto Eco, “Lists are the most necessary literary accessories of all.”  There are lists of books that must be read.  There are lists of books that must be reread.  … Continue reading

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Review of The Jersey Brothers

    In her stunning memoir, The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home, Sally Mott Freeman tells the story of three brothers and their courageous service for the United States in the … Continue reading

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Review of Amy Carmichael: Beauty for Ashes

            In his book, Amy Carmichael: Beauty for Ashes, Iain Murray tells the inspiring story of the young woman who went to the mission field and never came home. Amy Carmichael felt the call of God on her life at … Continue reading

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Review of Four Princes

  In his book, Four Princes, Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, and Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe, John Julius Norwich gives an enlightening overview of the main power brokers who shaped the sixteenth century … Continue reading

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Twelve Rules for the Bookish Life by Doug Sikkema

(Of course, the bookish life needs no rules.)   With gratitude for half a decade of service alongside the Comment team, and in particular for the mentorship and friendship of Brian Dijkema and Jamie Smith, two of the most bookish … Continue reading

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Lost photographs of Jane Austen’s nieces discovered on eBay reveal how author foretold their lives in plots of her novels

  This picture shows Jane Austen’s nephew, Edward Knight, who scandalously eloped to marry his sister’s stepdaughter Credit: Karen Levers /SWNS.COM Lost photographs of Jane Austen’s nieces and nephews have been discovered in an old photo album, which reveals their lives … Continue reading

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Nicknamed Bookseller’s Row, Cecil Court is a hidden gem in the heart of central London. by Georgie Hoole

  Packed with twenty-odd secondhand bookshops and antiquarian booksellers, it truly is a paradise for literature lovers. Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square, you’ll be surprised to stumble across such a peaceful gem. The shop fronts haven’t … Continue reading

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