Ian's Reviews

Grab your bike and hop on for a fantastical ride through the magical countryside. Polk’s choosing of the setting to be World War I was a refreshing take from current urban and medieval fantasy settings. And the story plays out more as a historical drama than an enchanting adventure, also a welcome turn. If you like your magic mixed with history, give this one a read. - Ian

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Witchmark Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250162687
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Published: Tom Doherty Associates - June 19th, 2018

Lighthouse is absolutely beautiful. The gorgeous illustrations, exquisite layout, and just the right amount of captioning all come together in one of the loveliest coffee table books I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. Lighthouses are some of the most elegant structures humankind has ever constructed and this book does them service commensurate with the service they provide us. - Ian

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Lighthouse: An Illuminating History of the World's Coastal Sentinels Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316414470
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - May 15th, 2018

A book about the past mixed with the politics of the today, all told through captivating reporting. It celebrates the true thrilling story of the people who smuggled old, rare books and scripts out of West Africa as they confront the new dangers of the present. Badass Librarians is both inspiring and page-turning. - Ian

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476777412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2017

The ‘How Stuff Works’ series by DK publishes some of my favorite books. This iteration is no different. Simple in its display of facts and easy to follow, How Food Works forms a fantastic introduction to nutrition and the role food plays in maintaining a healthy human. - Ian

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How Food Works: The Facts Visually Explained (How Things Work) Cover Image
By DK
$20.00
ISBN: 9781465461193
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - May 23rd, 2017

As common as cotton is to your lives and persons, it's become so ubiquitous to the point of irrelevance. But its history stretches back thousands of years, wars have been fought, peoples subjugated, and revolutions propelled. A history of cotton is an economic history of the modern world. - Ian

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Empire of Cotton: A Global History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375713965
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Published: Vintage - November 10th, 2015

Historians often portray Europe and the Middle East as adversarial, but Brotton highlights another story. After much of Europe turned its back on England, Queen Elizabeth sought new allies and opportunities and found them among the Ottomans. In illuminating this influential relationship, Brotton broadens our history in a welcome antidote to creeping islamophobia. - Ian

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The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143110620
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Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2017

This history of the postal service follows the contours of American history. But sometimes the postal service was the actor directing the flow. From the beginning of our nation to the current day, mail has been the driving force in unexpected areas of the nation’s development and it continues to innovate today despite alarmist detractors and falling prestige. - Ian

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Neither Snow Nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802126405
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Published: Grove Press - February 14th, 2017

As someone who grew up with a British father and an American mother, I was excited to read about “the common language that separates” them. Although some parts weren’t the revelations I was expecting but simply a confirmation, I imagine much of this book will provide fun insights into the language the reader uses every but perhaps haven’t given much thought since their school days. - Ian

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The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143131106
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Published: Penguin Books - April 10th, 2018

The book cuts a large swath across the many fields of mathematics, tilling them for satisfying brain food. But the parts I enjoyed most about the book are when the authors take concepts they’ve broken down in mathematical detail—such as randomness and prime numbers—then philosophize about them and what they mean to our everyday lives. Are unknown digits of pi actually random? Does math exist outside of the observer? It’s a fun trip. - Ian

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Weird Math: A Teenage Genius and His Teacher Reveal the Strange Connections Between Math and Everyday Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781541644786
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Published: Basic Books - April 17th, 2018

Though considered a backwater during the centuries following Roman rule, Britain experienced a great deal of development leading up to its rise during the Medieval era. Adams recreates this progression from his own experience in the field and research in the halls of academia. Part travel writing, part history, this was a joyous trek through the home country. - Ian

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In the Land of Giants: A Journey Through the Dark Ages Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681775531
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 12th, 2017

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