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The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
I picked up this book in part because I wanted to know more about why the Sabbath isn't such an important part of American Christianity anymore. I had ...more
Dec 2013
Mar 06, 2013
Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage
This book is remarkable not for its lucidity, but for being such an easy read while synthesizing information spanning from Ancient Athens, through the ...more
Nov 2007
Jan 02, 2010
The Invention of the Jewish People
Shlomo Sand, a professor of history at Tel Aviv University, writes about the genesis of the idea "Jewish People." His main goal is to demonstrate that ...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 08, 2010
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
"Carry On, Mr. Bowditch" by Jean Lee Latham is an excellent middle-school level biography of Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838). Bowditch was a sailor and ...more
Jun 21, 2010
Jun 03, 2010
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
The best book by Bryson that I have read. Bryson walks through his home, a 19th-century rectory in England, and uses each room as a spring-board for a ...more
Mar 07, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Tintin, #1)
The first ever Tintin, appearing in the Belgian newspaper Le Petit Vingtième as anti-Soviet propaganda. The book shows a less sophisticated style, pos ...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
Hillary Mantel's tour de force looks at Thomas Cromwell, an adviser to King Henry VIII. The antagonist to A Man for All Season's Thomas More, the stor ...more
Sep 06, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain
I found Carr's history fascinating, as it reported an episode of history I knew nothing about. Of course in Hebrew School I learned about the expulsio ...more
Dec 23, 2010
Oct 23, 2010
Jesus and the Judaism of His Time
Zeitlin's book is a well-written and easy to read exposition of first-century Judaism with a look at how Jesus fit into the religious milieu of his ti ...more
Jan 2012
Nov 08, 2011
97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement
Ziegelmen and the New York City Tenement Museum to a fantastic job in this book, which discusses the motivations, challenges, and opportunities of fiv ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 04, 2010
Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America
Marton's story is an incredible one, of courage in the face of tyranny, of personal discovery, of her parents. In Enemies of the People, Marton tells ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Egan's book will leave you stunned - at the magnitude of this infrequently-remembered chapter of United States history, at its brutality, and at the p ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society started with a clandestine roast pig and a quick lie. And it only goes up from there. This story abo ...more
Oct 19, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party
A fascinating and cunning work of historical fiction. The book opens on the young Octavian, resident of the Novanglian College of Lucidity and narrato ...more
May 13, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
Caddie Woodlawn
A novel similar to, and written about the same time as, Little House on the Prairie, Caddie Woodlawn tells stories about the life of the author's gran ...more
Sep 16, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
The Civil War: Strange & Fascinating Facts
I don't recommend this book, even for the history buff looking for odd or interesting facts. Vague racism and a lack of historical context mean there ...more
Apr 27, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894  (Little House #10)
Laura Ingalls Wilder's diary of her last move-by-wagon, in 1894 from Dakota to Missouri, with her husband and daughter. Wilder's diary presents a fasc ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
"A Rich Spot Of Earth": Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden At Monticello
This is a wonderful book, partially a history of gardening in the United States, partially a history of Monticello, it has a few tidbits about the his ...more
Jun 05, 2013
Nov 21, 2012
The Road to Woodstock
Michael Lang, main organizer and promoter for Woodstock Ventures and their iconic 1969 concert, tells his story. Given the mythology of Woodstock, he ...more
Mar 18, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
Timothy Egan's page-turner pulls the reader into the early days of the forest service, the beginning of the modern conservation movement, and the bigg ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Feb 05, 2013
This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tells a remarkable life story and her book is worth reading for that, as well as for the brief but interesting history of Liberi ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Oct 23, 2010
The Kingdom on the Waves (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, #2)
Anderson's conclusion to The Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation skillfully presents alternative views of the American Revolution in an ac ...more
Jun 10, 2011
May 12, 2011
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