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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

6 Replies to “What book are you reading now?”

  1. I just finished “The Lady in the Tower”. It’s non-fiction about Anne Bolyne from a political standpoint explaining all the power plays and coalitions that conspired to bring her down. Written by Alison Weir (who does exhaustive research) it focuses on the last months of Queen Anne’s life. The name of the book is taken from a letter that was suppposedly written to Henry VIII from Anne while she was a prisoner in the Tower of London. The letter is now considered to be a forgery by most historians but the name was appealing. I am a “Tudor freak”. One of the highlights of our trip to London was seeing Hever Castle. Although I expected to like the book, I’ve read everything Weir has written, I REALLY liked it.

    I currently am reading Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything”. It’s great for a non-scientist to get a grasp on things such as the age of the earth and just who invented geology, what’s the difference between bacteria and viruses, etc. I love all Bryson’s books.

  2. I read “A Short History of Nearly Everything” when he first published it – first got me interested in Bryson’s work, picking up most of his earlier works since then. Great stuff.

    I’m not reading anything long now – just picking up short story collections in the house, reading one from one book than another.

  3. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. He describes how epidemics and other world-impacting trends are often caused with very little effort. When the circumstances are right, it truly is a straw that breaks the camel’s back.

    I’ve read another of his books, Outliers, which is also quite an interesting take on why things happen the way they do.

  4. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlossser – Since everyone has read this but me I figured it was time I stepped up.

    I’ve read the Bryson book also…loved it.

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