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The Hotel on Place Vendome

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The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris By Tilar J. Mazzeo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061791086
Published: Harper - 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 By Mary Beard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780871408594
Published: Liveright - 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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Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household By Kate Hubbard Cover Image
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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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Testament of Youth By Vera Brittain, Mark Bostridge (Introduction by), Shirley Williams (Preface by) Cover Image
By Vera Brittain, Mark Bostridge (Introduction by), Shirley Williams (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9780143039235
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Published: Penguin Classics - 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 By Gillian Gill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345451880
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - 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


The Zhivago Affair

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The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book By Peter Finn, Petra Couvee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307908001
Published: Pantheon Books - June 17th, 2014

The Zhivago Affair brings to light the involvement of the CIA in the distribution of Pasternak’s epic novel in the USSR which had banned its publication, an involvement which would likely have profoundly disturbed Pasternak had he known about it. But this book tells us much more than just that episode of Doctor Zhivago’s history. It’s really a fuller biographical portrait of the Nobel Prize winning author and a fascinating history of the writing and publication of this his most renowned work undertaken during Stalin’s repressive regime.

Dale


Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

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The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish By Linda Przybyszewski Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465036714
Published: Basic Books - April 29th, 2014

Even if you've never touched a sewing machine, you'll be planning a trip to the fabric store by the time you finish this history of American clothing. Dress isn't just a matter of fashion here: it's politics, domestic science, economics, and a barometer of women's roles in an evolving world.

Sarah


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