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

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ISBN: 9780465036714
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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - 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.


The Heir Apparent

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The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400062553
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Published: Random House - December 3rd, 2013

Given unprecedented access to the royal archives at Windsor Castle, author Jane Ridley paints a fascinating and nuanced picture of King Edward VII, also known as Bertie. Beginning with his early life strictly controlled by his parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, through his marriage, fatherhood, relationships with other women and then ascension to the throne in 1901, Edward VII is seen to be a far more intriguing, complex and gifted man than history has previous portrayed him.


The Most Dangerous Book

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ISBN: 9781594203367
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Published: Penguin Press - June 12th, 2014

The story of the transformation of Ulysses by James Joyce from contraband to classic is absolutely fascinating. Vice squads. Book piracy. Smuggling. Courtroom drama. Heroes of art and expression. Villains of prudishness and fear. More than just a book about a book, Birmingham’s work explores all aspects of culture and highlights just how close we were to a world in which literature was controlled by the fearful instead of driven by the brave.   


Mantle of Command

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ISBN: 9780547775241
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 13th, 2014

Mantle of Command is a masterful re-examination of the under appreciated but pivotal role played by FDR in all the Allied strategic decisions in World War II. With fascinating detail Hamilton compelling narrates how FDR, often at odds with Churchill and his own generals, skillfully maneuvers the Allies to yield to his vision of the best way to achieve victory, a victory that was by no means assured in the early days of the war. Dale

the Time in the World: A Book of Hours by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

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ISBN: 9780385535410
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 29th, 2013

Such a fascinating book: this contemporary Book of Hours feeds the mind and heart. Topics range from Casanova's famous late-night card match, to the love of roses in ancient Persia, to the confusing evolution of star naming. Minka Sicklinger's illustrations are a perfect companion. I loved basking in it by reading only an entry a day...


The Year Without Summer: 1816

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The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250042750
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 11th, 2014

An astounding study in climate change in the aftermath of a monster volcanic eruption (10 times the force of Krakatoa). This single natural event had world-wide consequences: New England blizzards in June; European food riots; panicking establishment of fringe religious sects; mass population shifts; even the composition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  What a year!


Toy Stories

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ISBN: 9781419711749
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Published: Abrams Image - March 25th, 2014

This book is delightful and thought provoking.  What toys would have been in my picture when I was a kid?  Are the adults that these kids will become somehow pictured here as well?  What do our toys say about us?  Make sure to take note of the author photo which shows him with his "toys".


New Life, New Instructions

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ISBN: 9781400069545
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Published: Random House - April 1st, 2014

Caldwell gives us another installment of memoir, here confronting her physical deterioration resulting from her childhood polio and the grief of yet another personal loss, this time the death of her mother. But passage through these crises brings unexpected transformations. What makes her prose so compelling is the depth of feeling she brings to her clear-eyed observations of self.



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