Tag Archives: 19th Century

Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman

I had, of course, heard the name Nellie Bly and had some vague recollection that she went on an around-the-world trip back in the late 19th Century. I had never heard the name Elizabeth Bisland. But Eighty Days filled in … Continue reading

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The Churchills in Love and War by Mary S Lovell

Although I’ve read several books in which Winston Churchill was a prominent character, I’ve never read a biography of him. Not that reading biographies is painful to me, but The Churchills in Love and War has to be the least … Continue reading

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To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol McD Wallace

Subtitle: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery After reading a book about the Churchill families – including details about the marriage of Winston’s American mother and British father, I picked up this book, which I had bought awhile … Continue reading

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Review: The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester

The story centers on a photograph of a young girl, Alice Liddell, taken by Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) in 1858. Later on, Mr. Dodgson, a lecturer at Oxford University, tells young Alice and her siblings a story about another … Continue reading

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Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power by James McGrath Morris

The name “Joseph Pulitzer” is familiar because of the journalism awards given annually in his name. James McGrath Morris fleshes out the man, whose own contributions to journalism might never have won one of his prizes. He started out as … Continue reading

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Review: The President is a Sick Man by Matthew Algeo

The title is lame, but I bought this book because I loved the author’s earlier book: Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure. The President Is a Sick Man was equally riveting. Grover Cleveland is a president I didn’t know much about. But … Continue reading

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Rescued Photo:Tall (?), Dark and Dashing from Bedford or Mt. Ayr, Iowa

My friend Elaine has loaned me 18 old photos from her collection. It’s unfortunate that none of them have any identifying information written on them. I will be posting them from time to time, with as much information as I … Continue reading

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Review: The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin

I’ve always thought I would have been a terrible pioneer. I’m not physically tough. I’m highly myopic – without glasses, I can’t find my glasses. I love air conditioning, hot showers and cozy fires. The Children’s Blizzard tells in agonizing … Continue reading

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Review: The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels by Janet Soskice

Exotic travel, pioneering women and ancient manuscripts — these elements combine with top-notch writing and scholarship to create one terrific read. I recommended this book to my reading group and so I say “phew!” I hate it when I recommend … Continue reading

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