Nonfiction November Review: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, Kate Moore Published May 2nd, 2017 In America during the early half of the twentieth-century, radium was all the rage. It was heralded as a health-giving substance and featured in products such as: cosmetics, lingerie, tonic water, toothpaste, and wrist-watches. It is the latter-along with wartime... Continue Reading →

Stacking the Shelves- 11/25/17

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether physical or virtual. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas this week, with my latest addition:   Christmas: A Biography by Judith Flanders This will make for perfect festive... Continue Reading →

Jane Austen’s Portable Writing Desk

Portable Writing Desk that Belonged to Jane Austen, 18th c, The British Library  This unassuming rectangular mahogany box opens into a sloped writing desk with a leather top. It could be locked for safe keeping and features compartments for storing writing supplies, spectacles, and important papers. This object is for me-and many Janeites- akin to a... Continue Reading →

13 Books to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Happy (almost) birthday America! In honor of the 13 original colonies, here are 13 books about Revolutionary War era America that are sure to get you in the Fourth of July spirit. Non Fiction   1776 by David McCullough  This extensively researched and well-written book from famed historical writer David McCullough, covers the dramatic events that... Continue Reading →

Historical Fiction Reviews

Their Finest by Lissa Evans (original title: Their Finest Hour and a Half) I've had this WWII historical novel on my TBR list for a while and decided to read it before I see the recent film adaptation. I have a thing for stories set on the British home front during WWII. Their Finest offers a... Continue Reading →