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8 April 2014 (730 words)
Oxygen: A Four Billion Year History (Donald E. Canfield)
- deep time geobiochemistry
2 April 2014 (328)
After Suez (Martin Woollacott)
Adrift in the American Century
24 March 2014 (1172)
Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics At All? (Ian Hacking)
- an informal tour by an experienced guide
18 March 2014 (373)
Behind the Red Mist (Ho Anh Thai)
- short fiction set in Vietnam and India
7 March 2014 (925)
Before and After Muhammad (Garth Fowden)
The First Millennium Refocused
24 February 2014 (262)
Diaries of a Dead African (Chuma Nwokolo Jr)
- a black comedy of reputation in small-town Nigeria
10 February 2014 (752)
*The Climate Casino (William Nordhaus)
Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World
3 February 2014 (262)
Topoi: The Categorial Analysis of Logic (Robert Goldblatt)
- category theory as a basis for mathematical logic
20 January 2014 (262)
The Salt Smugglers (Gérard de Nerval)
- a French serial novel from 1850
20 January 2014 (437)
Letters from the Malay Archipelago (Alfred Russel Wallace)
- travelling, observing, collecting, theorising, ...
14 January 2014 (414)
The Genius in All of Us (David Shenk)
Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent and Intelligence is Wrong
2 January 2014 (207)
The Old Capital (Yasunari Kawabata)
- a young woman in post-war Kyoto; a novel
18 December 2013 (365)
The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Infant Development (Bremner, Wachs)
- basic research in cognitive psychology
17 December 2013 (229)
Red Chrysanthemum (Henry F. Mazel)
A Novel of Occupied Japan
26 November 2013 (331)
Inspector Singh Investigates (Shamini Flint)
- a series about a Sikh Singaporean policeman
25 November 2013 (248)
The Apology and the Last Days (Borislav Pekic)
- a parable of collaboration and retribution
13 November 2013 (272)
Prime Obsession (John Derbyshire)
Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics
11 November 2013 (383)
Testing Treatments (Imogen Evans et al.)
Better Research for Better Healthcare
4 November 2013 (776)
The Ghosts of Cannae (Robert L. O'Connell)
Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic
22 October 2013 (404)
The Tale of Genji (Murasaki Shikibu)
- an abridgement of the 11th century Japanese classic
21 October 2013 (404)
Using German Vocabulary (Sarah B. Fagan)
- exercises for advanced vocabulary acquisition
17 September 2013 (512)
Paleofantasy (Marlene Zuk)
What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live
20 August 2013 (296)
Meta Maths: The Quest for Omega (Gregory Chaitin)
- complexity and the limits of mathematics
14 August 2013 (471)
Spitting Blood: The History of Tuberculosis (Helen Bynum)
- the social and medical history of a disease
5 August 2013 (541)
A New History of German Literature (David E. Wellberry)
- two hundred short essays on diverse topics
29 July 2013 (299)
*The Samurai (Shusaku Endo)
- a novel of Christian faith in 17th century Japan
1 July 2013 (559)
*The Glatstein Chronicles (Jacob Glatstein)
- an American Yiddish poet visits Poland in 1934
25 June 2013 (631)
A Worldly Art (Mariët Westermann)
The Dutch Republic 1585-1718
15 June 2013 (272)
The Politics of Yiddish (Dov-Ber Kerler)
Studies in Language, Literature and Society
28 May 2013 (414)
How to Read a Latin Poem (William Fitzgerald)
If You Can't Read Latin Yet
27 May 2013 (256)
Waxen Wings (Bruce Fulton)
The Acta Koreana Anthology of Short Fiction from Korea
13 May 2013 (413)
*Twentieth-Century German Poetry (Michael Hofmann)
- a dual language anthology
7 May 2013 (225)
Inspector Imanishi Investigates (Seicho Matsumoto)
- a murder mystery in 1960 Japan
30 April 2013 (131)
The Pendragon Legend (Antal Szerb)
- a playful Gothic romp dominated by gentle irony
29 April 2013 (365)
Alice Springs (Eleanor Hogan)
- the other "middle Australia"
8 April 2013 (212)
A History of the English Language (Richard Hogg, David Denison)
- "pitched at senior undergraduates in the main"
1 April 2013 (837)
The Indonesian Language (James N Sneddon)
Its History and Role in Modern Society
26 March 2013 (444)
*Notebooks from New Guinea (Vojtech Novotny)
Fieldnotes of a Tropical Biologist
17 March 2013 (312)
A History of the Low Countries (Paul Arblaster)
- from Caesar to the modern Netherlands, Belgium + Luxembourg
4 March 2013 (364)
Memento Mori (Muriel Spark)
- a novel about the lives of seventy year olds
26 February 2013 (489)
Horse (J. Edward Chamberlin)
How the Horse has Changed Civilisations
20 February 2013 (519)
The Hidden Force (Louis Couperus)
- Dutch pragmatism encounters Javanese mysticism

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