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On Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

Like his most recent work, At Home, travel and history writer Bill Bryson uses a loose premise to explore all of the quirky nooks and crannies of history with his trademark humor and insight. Bryson covers the more eventful happenings in the summer of … Continue reading

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100 Diagrams That Changed the World: from the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the IPod by Scott Christianson

This great non-fiction book for readers of all ages presents the accumulated human knowledge of the last 32,000 years. The history of the world is represented via the most significant charts, sketches, drawings and illustrations. These are the 100 schematics … Continue reading

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Royal Upstairs Downstairs: a Glimpse into the World of Stately Homes and Castles (DVD)

PBS’s Downton Abbey and history enthusiasts, as well as British royal watchers will be excited about this British television documentary series of 20, thirty minute episodes featuring all stately houses and castles which Queen Victoria visited throughout her life.  The … Continue reading

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To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild

With the 100 year anniversary of World War I approaching, examination of this sometimes little understood event may well become a popular topic of study for the everyday reader.  Adam Hochschild’s To End All Wars is an excellent start if … Continue reading

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The Lost King of France: A True Story of Revolution, Revenge and DNA by Deborah Cadbury

This book could be called a modern science mystery.  It follows the story of Louis XVII, son of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, and his older sister.  While his sister survived her imprisonment, remarried and continued her life as part of … Continue reading

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All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge by Malesky, Kee

Those of us who are addicted to Public Radio know Kee Malesky as The Librarian. Her name is always acknowledged on NPR programs, which makes her one of a few librarians in the media to receive public credit for her … Continue reading

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Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

  This non-fiction genre book is one of the two biographies of Cleopatra recently published (in 2011).  It tells the life of Cleopatra the 7th, an Egyptian Queen at 18, a ruler for 22 years, a sole female ruler of … Continue reading

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Uppity Women of the Renaissance By Vicki Leon

This clever little books introduces us to the ultimate “renaissance women”, of a era typically associate with famous men.  The book cover famous women who were forgotten with time.  Among the characters covered is the wife of William Shakespeare, Lucrezia Borgia, … Continue reading

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Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt

British Historian Tony Judt has written a brilliant polemic on the way we view government.  Judt’s Ill Fares the Land challenges the following notions on government: (1) government exists to aid us in getting richer, (2) public services can only … Continue reading

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Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

With a title like this, who wouldn’t be intrigued? I had just finished another interesting title of note, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, by Seth Grahame-Smith, when this book caught my eye. In the forementioned book, vampires were behind Mrs. Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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