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THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN

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$29.95
ISBN: 9780385354042
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 28th, 2014

I can guarantee that you don't know the real story of Wonder Woman. Margaret Sanger and the early 20th century feminist movement, the Harvard psychologist who claims to have invented the lie detector test, the women's suffrage movement, and one of the most bizarre family arrangements imaginable - all are a part of the amazing history of the third most popular comic character in the US, behind only Superman and Batman. Cultural history at its finest.

David


INSIDE THE DREAM PALACE

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Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544334472
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Published: Mariner Books - November 4th, 2014

LA might have the Chateau Marmont but for art/show/biz celebrity guests and amazing tales NYC's storied Chelsea Hotel beats 'em all. Started as a utopian proto-coop in the 19th century it was forced to go commercial – and what an eventual client list!

Gary


Shakespeare's Restless World

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Shakespeare's Restless World: Portrait of an Era Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143125945
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Published: Penguin Books - November 4th, 2014

A fabulous addition to the Shakespearean experience, an enriching dimensional portrait of the times, politics, ways of living and general often amazingly explanatory context. Warning: you'll probably want to ‘hie out t' the nearest accessible Bard production.

Gary


The Family Romanov

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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780375867828
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - July 8th, 2014

The story of the last Russian tsar and his family, with their palaces, intrigues, and pastimes, is woven through with first-person accounts of ordinary Russian children from the same time period, for a well-rounded and compelling portrait of the Russian Revolution that adults will enjoy as much as younger readers.

Sarah


The Hotel on Place Vendome

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The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061791086
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Published: HarperTorch - March 11th, 2014

Author Tilar Mazzeo brings to life the magic of the Hotel Ritz, the glorious luxury hotel in the heart of Paris, during the Occupation. Despite the raging war, the hotel carries on becoming the headquarters for Hermann Goring and home to the rich and famous, including Coco Chanel. Rich in atmosphere and intrigue, The Hotel on Place Vendome is a fascinating portrait of Paris, World War II and a hotel that somehow survived it all and continues to thriveto this day. 

Nathan


Confronting the Classics

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Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780871408594
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 6th, 2014

Lots of historo-intellectual fun for Antiquity enthusiasts.  In her well-wrought essays Beard brings refreshing insight and deep scholarship to this flavorful collection covering most of the Ancient World Hit Parade from Homer to Asterix.  Paging through it is like visiting old (ancient, in fact) friends.

Gary


Serving Victoria

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ISBN: 9780062269928
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 22nd, 2014

From equerries and ladies-in-waiting to grooms and scullery maids, it took thousands of people to keep Queen Victoria's palaces running. Most kept quiet about royal secrets during Victoria's reign, but their letters and diaries reveal everything from the mundane to the scandalous.Sarah


Testament of Youth

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By Vera Brittain, Mark Bostridge (Introduction by), Shirley Williams (Preface by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780143039235
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Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2005

One of the most heartrending and “romantic” memoirs of World War I. Testament of Youth is a classic, first published in 1933, among the literature of  the Great War, in its description of the impact of the war on women and the middle class. The unimaginable loss and sacrifice of a generation is rendered  beautifully through Brittain’s words. Her experiences as a volunteer nurse (VAD) in the armed services, a university student before and after the war, and a  tireless advocate for peace and feminist causes make this a defining and timeless work. A film version of Brittain’s work releases in the UK  in 2015.

Ellen


Nightingales

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Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345451880
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Published: Random House Trade - September 13th, 2005

Gill goes beyond a simple biography of Florence Nightingale to take in the whole extended family, part of the wealthy community of reformers that drove England in the 19th century. The story itself is great, but if you're a fan of detail, read to the end: the notes are almost better than the narrative.

Sarah


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