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A Race Riot in the Capitol

Posted 8/17/2012 in Book Reviews

Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835 (Nan A. Talese) by Jefferson Morley recounts an important episode in race relations.

A Photo Tour of the Grandest Palace

Posted 8/15/2012 in Book Reviews

View Versailles (Abrams) by Valérie Bajou if you can't get there yourself

Rock and Roll for the Joy of It

Posted 8/10/2012 in Book Reviews

In Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll (Lyons Press) Joe Oestreich tells about real-life rocking.

A Horrendous Crime in Old Peking

Posted 8/8/2012 in Book Reviews

Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China (Penguin Books), by Paul French, tells of a sensational murder and the unusual way it was solved just before WWII swallowed up the old city.

A Fertile Silence

Posted 8/4/2012 in Book Reviews

Kyle Gann takes the silent music seriously in No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33" (Yale University Press).

A New Historical View of Medieval Heresies

Posted 7/31/2012 in Book Reviews

R. I. Moore in _The War on Heresy_ (Belknap Press) reevaluates the heretics.

A First Class American Swindler

Posted 7/29/2012 in Book Reviews

Geoffrey G. Ward tells the story of his great-grandfather in A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States (Knopf)

A Good Weird Doctor

Posted 7/24/2012 in Book Reviews

Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor (PublicAffairs) by Pam Belluck describes an unorthodox doc's helpful ways.

Never Put It In Writing

Posted 7/20/2012 in Book Reviews

Kate Summerscale's Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady (Bloomsbury) tells of a forgotten courtroom scandal.

Deadly Desert Weirdness

Posted 7/17/2012 in Book Reviews

Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History (Nation Books) by Deanne Stillman tells of a duel in the desert.


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