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Cover image of the book The Story of Buildings

Self-Contained Universes

A history of architecture, real and imagined

What would the world be like without the Empire State Building? Or the Statue of Liberty? Would World War II have gone differently if Chartres Cathedral had never been built? 

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'Victoria' by Daisy Goodwin

Begins Jan. 15 on WETA-26

Kensington Palace, June 1837. A young Princess Alexandria Victoria is told that her uncle, the King, is dead and she is now the Queen of England. Her reign begins in the new novel Victoria by Daisy Goodwin.

The Good Girls Revolt

Book Pairings for Amazon's "Good Girls Revolt"

"Maybe she felt like a soda bottle that the world was just shaking and shaking- and one day the cap comes off" - Patti Robinson

In March of 1970, Newsweek published a cover story on the Women's Liberation movement entitled "Women in Revolt". That same morning, 46 women employed at Newsweek held a press conference to announce they were suing the paper for gender discrimination. For viewers who can't get enough of the Amazon mini-series based on this historic event, below are some reads that provide a closer look into the era. 

Things Fall Apart

Historical...ish Fiction

A little bit of history with a dash of magic and monsters

What can be called historical fiction? The lines are somewhat blurry and open to interpretation. How long ago do the events in the book have to take place?

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Get Your Gears Turning with these Steampunk Books

Where Fantasy and History Meet - and Twist

Are you a fantasy reader who has never found a historical novel you liked? Or the opposite – a historical fiction lover left cold by most fantasy novels? Steampunk might be just the genre for you! Steampunk is blatant historical anachronism, blending and bending history and fantasy to great effect. Try one of these books for a trip back in time - with a twist.  

Out of Africa

In and Out of Africa

Women who have lived it

My mental image of Africa is flamingos as far as the eye can see.  Blame it on Out of Africa!  The movie spurred me to read the book, and I have continued to explore other memoirs about living and growing up in Africa.  These are some of my favorites.

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Herman Melville in Fiction

It happens more than you think....

Fans of Herman Melville are an interesting group.  To quote playwright Tony Kushner, ''One falls in love with him, and I certainly have, completely, as most of the other Melville freaks have".  Fans include Maurice Sendak, Moby, and the current President of the United States of America.

Diary of Anne Frank

Injustice

Concentration and Internment Camps

My mother was recently reminiscing about her travels in Europe.  We got to talking about Amsterdam and the Secret Annex.  (See below for the web address.)  She has been there as both a teenager and an adult, and the experiences proved to be very different from each other.  That conversation led me to explore books about the experiences of children and teens in concentration and internment camps.

Streetcar Named Desire

Big Easy

Beyond Mardi Gras, Hurricanes, and Blanche

The first time I can remember reading about New Orleans, I was a high school sophomore struggling to relate to Blanche DuBois in Streetcar Named Desire. It didn't go very well.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

I Spy With My Little Eye

Novels Exploring the Art of Espionage

James Bond. Jason Bourne. Jack Ryan. Three of Hollywood’s biggest secret agent characters who began their fictional cloak and dagger lives as literary heroes. But there’s more out there than just these dashing spys-cum-action-heroes. And it takes more than just a compelling lead character to create a good spy story. Intrigue. Romance. Secret codes and hidden gadgets. Villains in disguise. A good espionage thriller will touch on all of these. So here’s a list of five novels that delve into the arcane world of secret intelligence. Some are praised for their realism, some less so.

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