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December 2005 book reviews

Discover this month's offerings of astronomy titles.
The Stargazing Year
Charles Laird Calia, 273 pages, Penguin Group, 2005; hardcover, $24.95

From its title, you'd assume this book is yet another month-by-month night-sky primer. But The Stargazing Year by Charles Laird Calia is much more. It's a poem — a love song, if you will — to the wonder and beauty of the evening sky. It's also a diary, often humorous, of his attempt to construct a backyard observatory ("building a boat in the desert," as a neighbor wryly notes).

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