Friday, May 26, 2023

Shelf Control: Kepler's Witch, by James A. Connor

  Shelf Control is a feature where bloggers pick an unread book from our shelves and talk  about it a little. It's supposed to be a Wednesday thing but I have French Movie Mercredi on Wednesdays already, so. Shelf Control is hosted at

Today's pick is Kepler's Witch, by James A. Connor. The full title is Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother.

 I mean that already sounds pretty great, right?

How and when I got it:

I asked for it for Christmas a couple of years ago. I think it was in the pile for Christmas 2021. It entered my LibraryThing account in January 2022 so that makes sense. My husband buys my Christmas books from Powell's, the independent behemoth in Oregon.

Why I Want to Read It

First, why wouldn't I want to read that? But also in the year before I read Rivka Galchen's really good novel about Kepler's mother, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch, which was her story from her point of view. Then I found this title by James A. O'Connor, a former priest who now teaches right here in sunny New Jersey. So I thought it would be fun to read about the story behind the story.

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