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Debra Hamel is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.


Books by Debra Hamel:

THE BATTLE OF ARGINUSAE :
VICTORY AT SEA AND ITS TRAGIC AFTERMATH IN THE FINAL YEARS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
By Debra Hamel


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KILLING ERATOSTHENES:
A TRUE CRIME STORY
FROM ANCIENT ATHENS
By Debra Hamel


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READING HERODOTUS:
A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE WILD BOARS, DANCING SUITORS, AND CRAZY TYRANTS OF THE HISTORY
By Debra Hamel


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THE MUTILATION OF THE HERMS:
UNPACKING AN ANCIENT MYSTERY
By Debra Hamel


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TRYING NEAIRA:
THE TRUE STORY OF A COURTESAN'S SCANDALOUS LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE
By Debra Hamel


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SOCRATES AT WAR:
THE MILITARY HEROICS OF AN ICONIC INTELLECTUAL
By Debra Hamel


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ANCIENT GREEKS IN DRAG:
THE LIBERATION OF THEBES AND OTHER ACTS OF HEROIC TRANSVESTISM
By Debra Hamel


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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY TWEET:
FIVE HUNDRED 1ST LINES IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS
By Debra Hamel


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PRISONERS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
By Debra Hamel


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Book Notices | The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday by Alexander McCall Smith / Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Alexander McCall Smith, The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday

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This is the fifth book in Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series. If you're this far along, you'll know what you're in for: occasional reflections on philosophy, music, and art packed around the twin scaffolds of Isabel's personal life and her ethical dilemma du jour. This time around there's a depressed, disgraced doctor she feels responsible for, and she does a wee bit of sleuthing to try to help him out. But mostly the book is about watching Isabel's life and relationships unfold. A gentle read, which is sometimes just what one needs.

David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

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I've finally gotten around to reading the copy of David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day that's been weighing down my shelves since—not an exaggeration—May of 2004. It's a collection of 29 essays about Sedaris' life that anyone reading this has probably already read at some point in the last 17 years. The praise for the book in the praise-for-this-book section suggests that the stories are "hilarious"—"wildly," "dangerously," even "blisteringly" funny. I don't know about that. I did laugh aloud once, at a line in one of the shortest stories in the book, "Big Boy," about the author's encounter with alien feces while using the bathroom at a dinner party. And Sedaris' essay about his sister, actress Amy Sedaris, in "A Shiner Like a Diamond" was interesting in displaying how peoples' passions can reveal themselves early. When I was a kid, I pretended my little glass dogs ran a newspaper. Amy Sedaris, meanwhile, was studying her teachers' mannerisms and stockpiling wigs. So, not laugh-out-loud funny, for the most part, but competently written little windows into the author's life that left me feeling well inclined toward him.

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