Category Archives: history

Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell – Terri Arthur

I’ve heard of Edith Cavell. I was aware of her execution just before the US entered WWI and of some of its effect on the latter. She has come up a couple of times in my reading lately. I’m not … Continue reading

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The Georgian Menagerie – Christopher Plumb (Netgalley)

It must have been fun to live in a time when people believed in dragons. Elephants, you see “waded into pools of water when they wanted to give birth; a male would stand by the pool to guard the mother … Continue reading

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Credit where it’s due

Some Goodreads friends might have already heard part of this story when it was in progress. I figured a little time passage would be a good thing before a blog post. So … Last year I read a non-fiction book … Continue reading

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The Lodger Shakespeare – Charles Nicholl, Simon Vance

I pounced on this because I enjoyed/admired/appreciated Charles Nicholl’s The Reckoning, about the murder of Christopher Marlowe, and because I was mad about Simon Vance’s reading of Dust and Shadow. Those two, plus Shakespeare, indicated an instant win. Well… mostly. … Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Secret – Marissa Moss

What it says on the tin: this is the story of a young woman who ran away from her life, and created a new one wearing trousers. Her life as a girl was intolerable, so she reinvented herself as a … Continue reading

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The Scientific Sherlock Holmes – James O’Brien

  When I think of Holmes, I think of a scientific method of deduction. I think of a human version of a CSI lab before there were CSI labs, able to observe and interpret the smallest grains or threads of … Continue reading

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Grant: Savior of the Union – Mitchell Yockelson

This is my first book for review from Booksneeze. (Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. Does the FTC … Continue reading

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And the Crowd Goes Wild (review)

This was fun! I’m allergic to most sports, reading this purely to fill in a gap because I could end up on Jeopardy!, and I need to know about Babe Ruth and Wilt Chamberlin and so forth. But even I … Continue reading

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The Violinist’s Thumb – Sam Kean

As usual, the actual contents of this Netgalley book came as a bit of a surprise – really? I requested a book about DNA? How unusual. And it is, very; I like a book which will feed me good solid … Continue reading

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Anne Frank

Today would have been Anne Frank’s 83rd birthday, and is seventy years from that day her parents gave her a red plaid diary. Over two years ago PBS aired a new retelling of her story, and this was my response, … Continue reading

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