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The Dangerous Book for Boys

Conn and Hal Iggulden have come up with an idea so great and obvious it’s hard to imagine why no one thought of it before. The Dangerous Book for Boys is a big red hardback full of information about the sorts of things 10-year-old boys obsess over, from building a tree house, a really good paper airplane, and a homemade bow with arrows, to reading a compass, identifying constellations in the night sky, and even knowing basic English grammar.

Acouple months ago, I was in Bermuda for vacation, hanging out with my sister, her roommate, and another NorCal pal on the beach. Beach bummin’ being what it is, talk turned to the books we pulled out of our respective bags.

New Books about Gardening

It seems like there are plenty of book titles covering every topic, with a book for every season, and yet, new titles arrive on the stacks daily.

Read All About It

Jan Baross has been a painter, teacher, filmmaker, playwright, film critic, travel writer, cartoonist, and photographer; now, the Oregon-based Jill-of-all-trades is trying her hand at fiction writing.

Jan Timbrook’s Chumash Ethnobotany

We are surrounded by the basic ingredients for human survival, but most of us don’t even know it. That’s one conclusion to be drawn from the new book Chumash Ethnobotany by Jan Timbrook, curator of ethnography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Translating the Static

Amy Goodman is one of very few American celebrities who owes her stardom to her role in the independent media movement. Thanks to the success of her radio program Democracy Now!, Goodman’s voice is currently heard on more than 500 public radio and television stations. With her self-titled theory “trickle-up journalism” and her show’s slogan “steal our stories,” Goodman’s modesty and tenacity color her commitment to uncover buried stories and air silenced voices.


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