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A Murder Mystery from Georgian England

Posted 1/30/2013 in Book Reviews

The Damnation of John Donellan: A Mysterious Case of Death and Scandal in Georgian England (Walker) by Elizabeth Cooke resurrects a forgotten and curious case.

Leonardo's Doomed Mural

Posted 1/28/2013 in Book Reviews

Leonardo and the Last Supper (Walker) by Ross King lets us see the painting anew.

Birding Within the Nazi Prison Camp

Posted 1/21/2013 in Book Reviews

Birds in a Cage (Short Books) by Derek Niemann tells an inspiring story of how birdwatchers came through their war imprisonment.

A Beautiful Display of How Typefaces Work

Posted 1/17/2013 in Book Reviews

The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces (Harper Design) by Stephen Coles is a handsome reference guide.

A Tale of Two Airmen

Posted 1/15/2013 in Book Reviews

Perilous Moon: Occupied France, 1944 - The End Game (Casemate) by Stuart Nimmo is about his RAF father and the Nazi who shot him down.

Duping the Ivy League

Posted 1/11/2013 in Book Reviews

Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the Ivy League (Lyons Press) by Julie Zauzmer tells of an elaborate fraud that was successful for years.

Goodbye to a Good Dog

Posted 1/9/2013 in Book Reviews

The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives (University of Chicago Press) by Jessica Pierce is a memoir of one pet's end and a set of essays on how our dogs go out.

Essential Details on the Greatest Musical

Posted 1/5/2013 in Book Reviews

Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady (Oxford University Press) by Dominic McHugh shows how it all came to be.

An Idiosyncratic Mind from a Distant Time

Posted 1/1/2013 in Book Reviews

Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall in a new edition are a fine introduction to the thoughts of Sir Thomas Browne.

The Designer of the Last Great Liner

Posted 12/28/2012 in Book Reviews

A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S. S. United States (Simon and Schuster) by historian Steven Ujifusa recalls the great days of passenger liners crossing the Atlantic.


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