Review: Made in America by Bill Bryson

“Eenie, meenie, minie, mo” is based on a counting system that predates the Roman occupation of Britain, that may even be pre-Celtic.”
~Bill Bryson, Made in America

Plot summary

“Readers from Toad Suck, Arkansas, to Idiotsville, Oregon – and everywhere in between – will love Made in America, Bill Bryson’s Informal History of the English Language in the United States.

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Review: The Captain of the Steppe by Oleg Pavlov

‘It was easy to fall into Karabas, as easy as falling down a hole, but it was hard, to put it bluntly, to get out again.’
~Oleg Pavlov, Captain of the Steppe

Plot summary

“In the beginning of this short novel, Captain Khabarov, commander of Sixth Company in Karabas, Kazakhstan, embarks on a seemingly straightforward mission: he will order his men to plant, rather than eat, their meager potato rations.

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