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17 September 2018 (173 words)
*Tari: the Little Balinese Dancer (Pamela Noensie)
- death and the passing on of traditional culture
17 September 2018 (667)
The Populist Temptation (Barry Eichengreen)
Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era
16 August 2018 (799)
The Oceans: A Deep History (Eelco J. Rohling)
- ocean chemistry in its broadest context
16 August 2018 (203)
Cuneiform (Irving Finkel, Jonathan Taylor)
- writing and literacy in ancient Mesopotamia
2 July 2018 (639)
*A Course in Enumeration (Martin Aigner)
- the power of combinatorics
26 June 2018 (365)
Re:Cyclists (Michael Hutchinson)
200 Years on Two Wheels
15 May 2018 (506)
*With a Mighty Hand (Amy Ehrlich)
The Story in the Torah
9 May 2018 (779)
The Dutch and their Delta (Jacob Vossestein)
Living below sea level
16 March 2018 (420)
Lingo (Gaston Dorren)
A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe
13 March 2018 (642)
*Against Marriage (Clare Chambers)
An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State
12 March 2018 (152)
The Painter of Signs (R.K. Narayan)
- infatuation and commitment in small town India
15 February 2018 (1327)
Gilgamesh (Herbert Mason)
A Verse Narrative
Gilgamesh (David Ferry)
A New Rendering in English Verse
Gilgamesh (Stephen Mitchell)
A New English Version
Myths from Mesopotamia (Stephanie Dalley)
Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others
*The Epic of Gilgamesh (Andrew George)
13 February 2018 (246)
Son of Man (Yi Mun-yol)
- a theological-historical detective novel
5 February 2018 (328)
**Man Tiger (Eka Kurniawan)
- joy amid the darkness in small town Java
24 January 2018 (371)
Questioning Minds (Yung-Hee Kim)
Short Stories by Modern Korean Women Writers
9 January 2018 (463)
Stasiland (Anna Funder)
Stories From Behind the Berlin Wall
8 January 2018 (328)
The General (C.S. Forester)
- a short novel of the British Army in the Great War
21 December 2017 (516)
Chinese Poetic Writing (Fran├žois Cheng, Jerome P. Seaton)
With an Anthology of Tang Poetry
4 December 2017 (408)
*How Languages Work (Carol Genetti)
An Introduction to Language and Linguistics
28 November 2017 (353)
The Little Book of Black Holes (Steven S. Grubser, Frans Pretorius)
- from basic physics to collision observations
9 November 2017 (1075)
How Not to Network a Nation (Benjamin Peters)
The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet
9 November 2017 (506)
*The Climate Modelling Primer (Kendal McGuffie, Ann Henderson-Sellers)
- models + motivations, components + links, more
28 October 2017 (528)
*The Shape of Space (Jeffrey R. Weeks)
- the geometry and topology of surfaces and three-manifolds
18 October 2017 (1568)
The Gods of Olympus (Barbara Graziosi)
A History
Classical Mythology (Helen Morales)
A Very Short Introduction
7 September 2017 (261)
Arts and Society in Flanders and the Netherlands (Luc Devoldere)
The Low Countries Yearbook 2014
6 September 2017 (270)
Oia in Santorini (Kadio Kolymva)
A journey in space and time
28 August 2017 (826)
The Moral Economy (Samuel Bowles)
Why Good Incentives are no Substitute for Good Citizens
23 August 2017 (180)
Mirage: An Anonymous Novel (Patrick Hanan)
- a Chinese novel from 1804
22 August 2017 (872)
*D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (Ingri D'Aulaire, Edgar Parin D'Aulaire)
- one of the outstanding reworkings for children
Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths (Lucy Coats)
- all the favourite stories, adapted for 4-8 year olds
26 July 2017 (149)
Outwitting History (Aaron Lansky)
How a Young Man Rescued a Million Books and Saved a Vanishing Civilisation
11 July 2017 (425)
The Little Water-Sprite (Otfried Preussler)
The Little Witch (Otfried Preussler)
*The Robber Hotzenplotz (Otfried Preussler)
The Little Ghost (Otfried Preussler)
26 June 2017 (471)
The Future of Silence (Bruce Fulton, Ju-Chan Fulton)
Fiction by Korean Women
Wayfarer (Bruce Fulton, Ju-Chan Fulton)
New Fiction by Korean Women
29 May 2017 (675)
We, the Navigators (David Lewis)
The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific
25 May 2017 (613)
Spell It Out (David Crystal)
The Singular Story of English Spelling
11 May 2017 (294)
Missing (Walter de la Mare)
- three modernist short stories
26 April 2017 (1035)
*Projective Geometry (H.S.M. Coxeter)
- an elementary approach emphasizing geometric intuition
Projective Geometry: An Introduction (Rey Casse)
- a formal, coordinate-based approach
4 April 2017 (499)
Jenny Linsky and the Cat Club (Esther Averill)
- stories about a little black cat who lives in New York
30 March 2017 (799)
*The Vital Question (Nick Lane)
Why is life the way it is?
9 March 2017 (536)
The Structure of Soviet History (Ronald Grigor Suny)
Essays and Documents
9 March 2017 (287)
The Human Jungle (Cho Chongnae)
- Koreans expats doing business in China
20 February 2017 (566)
Elliptic Tales (Avner Ash, Robert Gross)
Curves, Counting, and Number Theory
31 January 2017 (862)
*Music, Language, and the Brain (Aniruddh D. Patel)
- links in rhythm, melody, syntax, meaning, evolution

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