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The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen is Philippa Gregory’s account of the life of Elizabeth Woodville, the British Queen married to King Edward IV.  Numerous objections to their marriage (as well as the Lancaster claim to the English throne), made Edward’s reign tenuous.  … Continue reading

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Cradle of Gold by Christopher Heaney

From Goodreads: “In 1911, a young Peruvian boy led an American explorer and Yale historian named Hiram Bingham into the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Hidden amidst the breathtaking heights of the Andes, this settlement of temples, tombs and palaces … Continue reading

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Everything is Wonderful by Sigrid Rausing

In the early 1990’s, Sigrid Rausing did her anthropological fieldwork in Estonia, studying the Estonians attempts to reconcile post-colonialist privatization with their Soviet, collective farming past.  Everything is Wonderful is a memoir of the time Rausing spent in Estonia. There was … Continue reading

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The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer

Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch is mourning the death of his mother,  Rachela.  No ordinary mother, Rachela is a genius, a world famous mathematician, in fact, who survived the holocaust by emigrated to the United States with her family from Poland.  A … Continue reading

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Under A Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown

It seems like every spring and summer, the stories of massive forest fires dominate the  news.  We hear how quickly they spread and how threatening they can be to communities that lay in it’s path.  But you never think that … Continue reading

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Inca Kola by Matthew Parris

After reading some “ho hum” travelogues through South America, it was a nice change of pace to find one I really enjoyed.  Inca Kola has Parris and three of his travel buddies making their way through Peru during the late 1980’s.  … Continue reading

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Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

From Goodreads:  “When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a ‘Have You Seen This Child?’ flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops; the child in the photo is … Continue reading

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