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Book Review: The Stranger in the Woods

Genre: Nonfiction | BiographyStar Rating: 3-1/2 out of 5 starsSynopsis from The StoryGraph: In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested… Continue reading Book Review: The Stranger in the Woods

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Book Review: Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Genre: Nonfiction | History/World TravelStar Rating: 4 out of 5Synopsis from Goodreads: July 24, 1911, was a day for the history books. For on that rainy morning, the young Yale professor Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and encountered an ancient city in the clouds: the now famous citadel of Machu… Continue reading Book Review: Turn Right at Machu Picchu

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Book Review: Woman, Watching

Genre: Nonfiction | BiographyStars: 4-1/4 out of 5Synopsis from Goodreads: Referred to as a Canadian Rachel Carson, Louise de Kiriline Lawrence lived and worked in an isolated log cabin near North Bay. After her husband was murdered by Bolsheviks, she refused her Swedish privilege and joined the Canadian Red Cross, visiting her northern Ontario patients… Continue reading Book Review: Woman, Watching

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Book Review: Women Healers

Genre: Nonfiction | HistoryStars: 3-1/2 out of 5Synopsis from The StoryGraph: In her eighteenth-century medical recipe manuscript, the Philadelphia healer Elizabeth Coates Paschall asserted her ingenuity and authority with the bold strokes of her pen. Paschall developed an extensive healing practice, consulted medical texts, and conducted experiments based on personal observations. As British North America's… Continue reading Book Review: Women Healers

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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: We Kept Our Towns Going

Genre: Nonfiction | American HistoryStars: 3-1/2 Synopsis from Goodreads: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is known for its natural beauty and severe winters, as well as the mines and forests where men labored to feed industrial factories elsewhere in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. But there were factories in the Upper Peninsula, too, and women who worked… Continue reading Book Review: We Kept Our Towns Going

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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: The Origin of Wizards, Witches and Fairies

Synopsis from Goodreads: This book tells the fascinating story of the origin of our ideas about wizards, witches and fairies. We all have a clear mental image of the pointed hats worn by such individuals, which are based upon actual headgear dating back 3,000 years to the Bronze Age. Carefully sifting through old legends, archaeological… Continue reading Book Review: The Origin of Wizards, Witches and Fairies

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Book Review: In the Kingdom of Ice

Synopsis from Goodreads: On July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his team of thirty-two men set sail from San Francisco on the USS Jeanette. Heading deep into uncharted Arctic waters, they carried the aspirations of a young country burning to be the first nation to reach the North Pole.Two years into the… Continue reading Book Review: In the Kingdom of Ice