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Shirley Temple Sociology

Posted 7/6/2014 in Book Reviews

John F. Kasson's The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America (W. W. Norton) is more than a book about the child star.

Fun with Ancient Roman History

Posted 6/27/2014 in Book Reviews

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Romans but Were Afraid to Ask (Atlantic Books) by Peter Jones is history and fun, too.

Visiting Pompeii through the Centuries

Posted 6/17/2014 in Book Reviews

From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town (Belknap/Harvard) by Ingrid D. Rowland tells of how visitors, including famous ones, came to see the ruins.

Finding Young Dickens at Home

Posted 6/10/2014 in Book Reviews

Ruth Richardson's Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist & the London Poor (Oxford University Press) tells how she discovered his childhood home.

Tracking the Wily Dinosaur

Posted 6/3/2014 in Book Reviews

Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by Their Trace Fossils (Pegasus Books) by Anthony J. Martin tells of footprints, nests, and more.

Lost Movies, Lost Opportunities

Posted 5/31/2014 in Book Reviews

The Greatest Movies You'll Never See: Unseen Masterpieces by the World's Greatest Directors (Cassell Illustrated), edited by Simon Braund, helps us imagine what might have been.

Genitals and Other Previously Unappreciated Accomplishments of Evolution

Posted 5/25/2014 in Book Reviews

Nature's Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds, and Beasts Tell Us about Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ourselves (Viking) by evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen is full of sexual surprises.

A Sad Elephantasia

Posted 5/20/2014 in Book Reviews

In Jumbo: The Unauthorized Biography of a Victorian Sensation (Aurum Press), John Sutherland tells how we treated the most famous of elephants, and others.

How We Found Ourselves, Before GPS

Posted 5/13/2014 in Book Reviews

In Sextant: A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World's Oceans (William Morrow), David Barrie calls us back to scan the skies.


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