Tag: American history

Trying to Understand Part 1: The Unwinding

Posted January 22, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 42 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 1: The Unwinding

George Packer, The Unwinding (2013) This post is part of a series based around the New York Times’s list of “books to understand Trump’s win.” Rachel of Hibernator’s Library suggested doing a readalong of these six books, and I thought it was a great idea. So did several other people, and I hope that we’ll […]

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New Release Review: Hidden Figures

Posted December 20, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 27 Comments
New Release Review: Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures (2016) So, if you’re simply wondering whether I think this book is worth reading, and you’re interested in women’s history, civil rights, U.S. history, the space program, math, or computer science (which I should think covers most of us), I will save you some valuable reading time and say: yes, […]

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New Release Review: New England Bound

Posted June 24, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
New Release Review: New England Bound

Wendy Warren, New England Bound (2016) New England likes to position itself as the cradle of liberty, home of many of the figures behind American independence from Britain, as well as a land of freedom in opposition to the slave-owning South. But in this new study by historian Wendy Warren, we are given a very […]

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In the Kingdom of Ice (Nonfiction November Review)

Posted November 28, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
In the Kingdom of Ice (Nonfiction November Review)

Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice (2014) For my third and final Nonfiction November title (following One Summer: America 1927 and Empty Mansions), I thought it would be interesting to delve into American history once more. This time, upon recommendations by many including Books on the Table, I chose In the Kingdom of Ice, […]

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Empty Mansions (Nonfiction November Review)

Posted November 21, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Empty Mansions (Nonfiction November Review)

Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr., Empty Mansions (2013)   This is a story about money: about the winning of a great American fortune, its spending on acts of  generosity and selfishness, and its end in the hands of eager lawyers and rapacious relatives. It’s also the story of an enigmatic woman, Huguette Clark, […]

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One Summer: America 1927 (Nonfiction November Review)

Posted November 14, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
One Summer: America 1927 (Nonfiction November Review)

Bill Bryson, One Summer: America 1927 (2013) A historical timeline entry for May-October, 1927 might read something like this: Floods devastate the Mississippi valley Charles Lindbergh makes first solo flight across the Atlantic Sacco and Vanzetti executed Calvin Coolidge declines to run for another term as president The Jazz Singer filmed Babe Ruth hits a […]

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