A hint of an answer is heard in an apparently innocent little contest, when the girl was very young, between Swede's father and his wife's Roman Catholic mother for the soul of their granddaughter...
American Scripture : Making the Declaration of Independence
The thrust of her work is a careful examination of the drafting of the document by Jefferson and the Congressional committee;...
The Blue Flower
Fitzgerald doesn't make it entirely clear what draws Friedrich von Hardenberg (Novalis's real name) to little Sophie?but that is precisely the point...
Huxley: From Devil's Disciple to Evolution's High Priest (Helix Books)
The original Huxley was certainly not one of them. Thomas Henry Huxley had no fortune to inherit, no family tradition to uphold...
Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster (Modern Library Exploration)
He wrote it to ''purge Everest from my life.'' It didn't. It may put Everest ineradicably into your mind...
Mason & Dixon
The book's abundant humor balances on the thin edge of anachronism; history, myth, anecdote and hyperbole are perfect equals...
The Puttermesser Papers
Along the way she creates a female golem who makes Puttermesser Mayor of New York but who also grows gigantic and has to be unmade when her sexual appetites exhaust the Mayor's entire administration...
Toward the End of Time
Turnbull's journal is like ''Walden'' gone haywire; Ben is brilliantly observant of nature, but if Thoreau's gaze is innocent, Ben's is a gritty-eyed squint...
The protagonist is an entrepreneur of waste; the novel bursts with witty and dramatic conjurings of garbage, voidance, slag...
She convinces us that Woolf, contrary to previous assumptions, reveled in a deep intimacy with her husband, Leonard...
The WHOLE SHEBANG : A STATE OF THE UNIVERSE S REPORT
The sweep is vast: in eight chapters he canvasses the theory of the Big Bang, the dynamism of the universe, the shape of space, the origins of the chemical elements,..