This probably belongs more on the bookshare list, but... E, if you mean the Adams bio by McCullogh, I'm going to add my unasked-for opinion here. The book, I think, got a Pulitzer--whatever, it was highly preaised by critics et al, but I'm afraid I found it not that interesting. I was able to read only a quarter or a third when I decided not to force myself to finish. One thing about it was very interesting, though. When Adams was in Philadelphia working on the Declaration, there was a smallpox epidemic in Massachusetts. Abigail took the kids to Boston for vaccinations. Adams had been innoculated many years eariler. My husband didn't believe I had the dates correct and he lost his bet. That piece of info and the bet led me to the book The Speckled Monster, by Jennifer Lee Carrell--a non-fiction book also by a woman with a "Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, as well as other degrees in English from Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford Universities. She is a regular contributor to Smithsonian Magazine; past articles have covered the training of firefighters, the popularity of Shakespeare among cowboys and mountain men in the wild West, Isaac Newton?s fascination with alchemy ? and its contribution to his scientific discoveries, and the secret use of optical tools by Renaissance artists." The book, not in the collection, was fascinating--very well written--so much so that I even read all the chapter notes at the end. Anyone interested in the history of medicine--even just the history of early Boston and England in the 1720's, and how difficult it was to fight the establishment to get something new tried (politics, as ever) will enjoy this book. It is long, 474 pages plus 17 of introductory material, but I see on Amazon there are paperback versions out, though the hardback probably would be easier to scan. Dr. Cross, does that interest you? Does it interest anyone? Perhaps it's of too limited interest to add to the collection, but if the history of medieval Italy from 400-1000, and The Archaeology of the Lands of the Bible, have readers, perhaps this book would, too. smile Cindy "A ____________________________________________________________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Everyone is raving about the all-new Yahoo! Mail beta. http://new.mail.yahoo.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.