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A Rediscovered Memoir and Love Story from WWII

Posted 10/22/2012 in Book Reviews

Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered (Scribner) brings back Trudi Kanter's lost memoir.

Ineradicable Fears of a Diabolical Disease

Posted 10/20/2012 in Book Reviews

In Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus (Viking), Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy give the history, science, and folklore of rabies.

A Unique Church and the Unique Woman Who Designed It

Posted 10/16/2012 in Book Reviews

_The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine - Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary (Faber and Faber) by Jenny Uglow tells of an architectural fantasy.

A Grimoire, American Style

Posted 10/11/2012 in Book Reviews

An old book of spells, The Long Lost Friend: A 19th Century American Grimoire (Llewellyn Publications), tells us about its users and their needs and beliefs.

The War of Words

Posted 10/8/2012 in Book Reviews

The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published (Harper) by David Skinner says a lot about how we feel about our dictionaries and our language.

Memphis Confronts Yellow Fever

Posted 10/2/2012 in Book Reviews

Fever Season: The Story of a Terrifying Epidemic and the People Who Saved a City (Bloomsbury Press) by Jeanette Keith tells the story of the 1878 plague.

Victoria and Her Assassins

Posted 9/29/2012 in Book Reviews

Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy (Pegasus Books) by historian Paul Thomas Murphy demonstrates how the assassins empowered the monarch.

The Truth, Maybe, About a Forger's Life

Posted 9/18/2012 in Book Reviews

Ken Perenyi in Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger (Pegasus Books) tells a forger's secrets.

Remembering the Alamo

Posted 9/14/2012 in Book Reviews

The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo - and the Sacrifice that Forged a Nation (Little, Brown and Company) by James Donovan is a fine recounting of the famous story.

Benedict Arnold's Wife and Accomplice

Posted 9/13/2012 in Book Reviews

In Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold's Plot to Betray America (Lyons Press), Mark Jacob and Stephen H. Case show how Benedict Arnold didn't go it alone.


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