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Book Review: One Day

Genre: NonfictionStar Rating: 4 out of 5Synopsis from Goodreads: On New Year's Day 2013, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Gene Weingarten asked three strangers to, literally, pluck a day, month, and year from a hat. That day--chosen completely at random--turned out to be Sunday, December 28, 1986, by any conventional measure a most ordinary day. Weingarten spent… Continue reading Book Review: One Day

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Book Review: Heiresses

ThaGenre: Nonfiction - HistoryStar Rating: 4 out of 5 starsPlot Summary From Goodreads: Heiresses: surely they are among the luckiest women on earth. Are they not to be envied, with their private jets and Chanel wardrobes and endless funds? Yet all too often those gilded lives have been beset with trauma and despair. Before the… Continue reading Book Review: Heiresses

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Book Review: Underland

Genre: NonfictionStars: 5/5 starsSynopsis from Goodreads: In Underland, Robert Macfarlane delivers an epic exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself. Traveling through the dizzying expanse of geologic time—from prehistoric art in Norwegian sea caves, to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, to a deep-sunk "hiding… Continue reading Book Review: Underland

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Book Review: Founding Gardeners

Summary From Goodreads: For the founding fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for the nation they were creating. Andrea Wulf reveals for the first time this aspect of the revolutionary generation. She describes how, even as British ships gathered off Staten Island,… Continue reading Book Review: Founding Gardeners

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Book Review: After the Romanovs

Synopsis from Goodreads: Paris has always been a city of cultural excellence, fine wine and food, and the latest fashions. But it has also been a place of refuge for those fleeing persecution, never more so than before and after the Russian Revolution and the fall of the Romanov dynasty. For years, Russian aristocrats had… Continue reading Book Review: After the Romanovs

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Book Review: Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony

Synopsis from Goodreads: November 1587. A report reaches London that Sir Walter Raleigh’s expedition, which left England months before to land the first English settlers in America, has foundered. On Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, a tragedy is unfolding. Something has gone very wrong, and the colony—115 men, women, and children, among… Continue reading Book Review: Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony