Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up
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Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up

The hour of year-end reviews is upon us. In this post, I will be briefly covering each of the 2013 titles that I did not review in full length earlier in the year. Most of these titles are from established authors and were heavily hyped. A number fell short, but there are definitely books worth … Continue reading

George Sand in Culture: 5 Ways to Celebrate Her Life and Work
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George Sand in Culture: 5 Ways to Celebrate Her Life and Work

Author, militant, journalist, political agitator, friend of musicians, lover, artist, and baroness, George Sand lived with revolutionary flair for a woman in 19th-century France. Reviled and regaled by her contemporaries, Sand is celebrated as a prolific writer and a role model for contemporary women, balancing family life, love, and a multifaceted career. On today, her … Continue reading

Quiet: Finding a Healthy Balance Between Introversion and Extroversion in American Society
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Quiet: Finding a Healthy Balance Between Introversion and Extroversion in American Society

Since its January 2012 publication, Quiet has been spreading like wildfire, gracing bestseller lists right and left and featuring in the author Susan Cain’s TED and Leading@Google talks. Quiet even inspired a Time cover story in February 2012 right after its release. It has sparked discussions about American society and its values, how offices run and … Continue reading

Royal Pains: A Rogues’ Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds
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Royal Pains: A Rogues’ Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds

After trouncing through Royal Affairs and Notorious Royal Marriages, Leslie Carroll casts the net of debauchery, scandal, and plain old nastiness wider in Royal Pains: A Rogues’ Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds. From this introductory sentence, it should be clear that Royal Pains is not a traditional history nonfiction title. Written by an … Continue reading

Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée
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Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée

Before Julia came Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson is one of the most written about presidents in American history. The butt of conspiracy theorists and professional historians, Thomas Jefferson’s life and legacy have been explored from countless angles. Controversy, however, is no longer the only thing in which Jefferson steeps.  A new book by Thomas J. Craughwell … Continue reading