Archive | April 2012

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Boys’ Books

I was recently asked for recommendations for books for boys. There seem to be many more books available for girls, and it is harder to get boys to read. I thought it might be helpful to post my answers here.  There are a lot of good authors from older eras, of course, such as Rudyard […]

Shipwreck and Salvation

In 1863-64, two ships were wrecked on opposite ends of the same island, Auckland Island south of New Zealand. Unaware of each other’s existence, the survivors of the two wrecks offer a fascinating study of two very different societies, or of two different approaches to society. Their story is well told in Joan Druett’s book, […]

The Norse Saga of Loof Lirpa

2012 marks the 1200th anniversary of the founding of the first church in North America — by a Scandinavian missionary named Loof Lirpa, who landed in Greenland on April 1, 912. Lirpa’s efforts were at first unsuccessful among the pagan descendants of the Vikings, known for their daring sea voyages, penchant for violence, skill at imbibing […]