Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013

From the masculine equestrian outfits that made her Louis XV's favorite, to the regal counterrevolutionary gowns in green and violet that exposed her as an enemy of the state, Marie Antoinette's fashion statements were always unfailingly both fabulous and controversial. In Queen of Fashion, Caroline Weber paints a comprehensive portrait of the fashion icon, from Dauphine until death.

Friday, Nov 9, 2012

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 hosts are British antiques expert Tim Wonnacott, who shows all the

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012

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 one would like to broaden understanding of the war that was often glossed over in our American history studies.

Friday, Dec 9, 2011

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 European royalty, her little brother died under mysterious circumstances at the hands of French revolutionaries. The official records state

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011

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 work as a librarian. Hearing her name on the radio makes us wonder what her first name is.

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011

This clever little books introduces us to the ultimate "renaissance women", of a era typically associate with famous men.

Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt

Rated by
Scott V.
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010

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 exist

Honolulu by Alan Brennert

Rated by
Magda B.
Saturday, Jun 12, 2010

This historical fiction takes us to Honolulu of the early 1900s, the era of early Chinese, Japanese and Korean settlers arriving in Oahu. The women arrive as "picture" brides, and the men come to work on the sugar plantations. The story spans through several generations, starting with the “old country” Korean parents and ending with the ethnic American melting pot of the 1950s.

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010

Mark Jackson, Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter, contributed a volume on asthma for Oxford University Press’s series Biographies of Disease. Asthma and allergies, as you may know, have been on a progressive trend afflicting more and more people since the beginning of the 20th century. Knowing this I was interested to see what asthma was

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010

If you’ve ever done genealogical (or historical) research and felt the intrigue and energy of peeling back layers of information to open windows on the past, this is a beautifully written description of the process. Ms. Gerzina embarked on a search to authenticate the story of Lucy Terry. Born a slave in pre-Revolutionary Massachusetts, Lucy Terry was reputed to have argued a case before the Supreme Court. How much of this story could be true? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to document it?