Tag: history

New Release Review: The Maze at Windermere

Posted March 18, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Release Review: The Maze at Windermere

Gregory Blake Smith, The Maze at Windermere (2018) As regular readers of this blog know, I have the joy and honor of being a graduate of Carleton College (model for Blackstock College in the novel Tam Lin – click on the link for a tour). So when I learned one of my favorite professors in […]

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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: The House by the Lake

Posted September 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Release Review: The House by the Lake

Thomas Harding, The House by the Lake (2016) Though it focuses on a single location — a simple lakeside house built by a prosperous Berlin doctor as a family retreat — this book takes us on a tour of an astonishingly volatile period in German history. As if in a time-lapse film, we watch what […]

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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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New Release Review: Symphony for the City of the Dead

Posted October 2, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
New Release Review: Symphony for the City of the Dead

M.T. Anderson, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dimitri Shostakovich and the Seige of Leningrad (Candlewick, 2015) Using the life and work of the composer Dimitri Shostakovich as a “hook,” and specifically his masterful Seventh Symphony (the “Leningrad”), Symphony for the City of the Dead explores one of the most horrific places and times […]

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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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