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Heroines of Mercy Street by Pamela D. Toler ~AudioBook Review

Heroines of Mercy Street by Pamela D. Toler ~AudioBook Review

Most of my time with the television is spent with PBS when I’m not immersing myself in the latest cable-produced drama. I’m a fan of history, and particularly intrigued when the lesser-known major players in that history are shown.  Moving away from my fictional reads, I have a book today that looks at the real nurses and nursing that is the backbone of the PBS drama Mercy Street.  Please read on for

Heroines of Mercy Street

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The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

In keeping with my obsession with all things historic, today I present The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati.  I had this review scheduled to go live on 4 September, but issues with my hosting provider and their not following through and meeting the timeframes they established have this post going late.

A lengthy and involved tale of late 19th century New York and two female physicians dealing with the changes, attitudes and ills of the city.  Please read on for my review of this wonderfully engaging title, perfectly suited to the historic fiction fan that is me.

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Ivory Vikings: The King, the Walrus, the Artist and the Empire That Created the World’s Most Famous Chessmen by Nancy Marie Brown

Ivory Vikings: The King, the Walrus, the Artist and the Empire That Created the World’s Most Famous Chessmen by Nancy Marie Brown

Do you remember the Wizard’s Chess game where Ron deftly maneuvered Hermione and Harry through the board? The pieces on that board played exactly as every other chess set out there, with one great distinction: they destroy their opponents.  Not only did the pieces “look” unlike others many had seen, they actually modeled the set after the Lewis Chessmen,  a set of ivory Norse netsuke, discovered on the Isle of Lewis, an outer Hebrides island.  Unique and evocative, the history of these little figures are presented in today’s review of Ivory Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown.

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Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice from Yesteryear by Elizabeth P. Archibald

Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice from Yesteryear by Elizabeth P. Archibald

While you may find the long title daunting, or think that antique advice cannot possibly be interesting or funny or even hold your attention, let me present this fun collection of facts and humorous explanations by Elizabeth P. Archibald.

Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice

Ever wonder if the ‘rules’ or advice given to your grandmother was different from that given to her grandmother? Read more of this post

Amherst by William Nicholson

 

Today I bring you another dual-timeline story, more focused on romance than history in Amherst, a release from William Nicholson.  Utilizing the work of Emily Dickenson as the common tie in, this story utilizes the true events of an affair had by Austin Dickenson, brother of Emily in the past, and the current story of Alice Dickenson, an Englishwoman researching a screenplay and a married professor.

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A Season for Martyrs by Bina Shah

In her U.S. literary debut, Bina Shah takes readers on a journey through the often twisted and incomprehensible political and social history of Pakistan in the recent past. Using a young journalist and the events leading to Benazir Bhutto’s return from exile.  This was my 2015 readathon day choice, and it was perfect for the challenge. Please read on for my review of

A Season for Martyrs

While it is impossible to encompass all of the social and perspective-based impressions from the characters, Shah does present an attitude that is based in both tribal, cultural and religious beliefs, and thoroughly steeped in the history of the people. Read more of this post