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Lincoln’s Boys : John Hay, John Nicolay, and the war for Lincoln’s image by Joshua Zeitz.

Lincoln's Boys

Lincoln’s Boys : John Hay, John Nicolay, and the war for Lincoln’s image  by Joshua Zeitz. Anyone with more than a passing interest in the Civil War will recognize the names of John Hay and John Nicolay. Dubbed “my boys” by their boss, Hay and Nicolay were President Lincoln’s private secretaries. As historian Joshua Zeitz explains in this multifaceted book, ... Read More »

Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby

Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby

Ten Years in the Tub : a decade soaking in great books by Nick Hornby At the end of 2003, as the first issue of The Believer was rising from the primordial ooze, Nick Hornby turned in the inaugural installment of a monthly column that immediately became a reader favorite. For the next ten years, Hornby’s incandescently funny “Stuff I’ve Been ... Read More »

Best of 2013: Non-Fiction

Book of Ages The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

The critics agree that these titles are the Best Non-fiction Books of 2013 1.   Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore 2.   Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright 3.   Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward 4.   Command and Control by Eric Schlosser 5.  Five Days at ... Read More »

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of  American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, ... Read More »

Empty mansions : the mysterious life of Huguette Clark and the spending of a great American fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

I admit that I like my non-fiction to “read like fiction”.   I want a story that captures my imagination with facts and fascinating characters.    I want to learn something big about the subject……. and I want it to be entertaining. That is a tall order, I know.  Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.  is all that and more. What ... Read More »

The Bully Pulpit

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin focuses on the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, friends and later rivals, and on the activities of the muckraking press in her latest book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.         Read More »

I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman

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I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place A most unusual memoir written by novelist Howard Norman, in five essays, he recalls his connection to “place” in relation to his own personal development and “place” at that particular period of his life. Reviews describe this book as both “luminous” and “strange”, but also, decidedly disquieting,  haunting, and lovely. Youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ... Read More »

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

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Frozen in Time : an epic story of survival and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff In Nov. 1942 a U.S. cargo plane crashed into the Greenland ice cap, the B-17 sent on the search-and-rescue mission got caught in a storm and also crashed.  A second rescue operation was launched, but the plane flew into ... Read More »