I highly recommend reading this book in sunlight. Not before bedtime. It opens with American POW as slave-labor in a mining shaft, some die, but bodies have to be recorded properly so they get stacked up (right near the POW eating room) until the recording clerk comes around once a week. This sets the tone … More The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh
So many photos! And many are of Sousa himself, playbills, audience at his performances. My favorite part of the book is watching fashions change over the decades. I don’t know what his mama would have thought of him meeting up with bathing beauties showing their limbs at the “Atlantic pageant’, later known as the Miss … More John Philip Sousa’s America: The Patriot’s Life in Images and Words by John Phillip Sousa, IV
Some of my best friends are gendered. Homer mentioned the wine dark sea, the iron sky… no blue. Why didn’t the ancient Greeks have a word for blue? The Bible doesn’t, either. (according to Guy Deutscher. Actually, blue is used fairly often in the 5 books of Moses.) Did they have deficient eye-sight, or a … More Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages by Guy Deutscher
What a fun book. A little girl enjoys the parade with music and ‘real live fire’. And she’s got her very own flag to wave! The Sefer Torah or ‘scroll of the Bible’ is paraded from the house of the family that commissioned it to the synagogue will it will be used. The Torah scroll … More Sefer Torah Parade by Tzivia Adler
Very interesting. Reading up about Napoleonic wars. This is a first-person (translated) autobiography of a community leader, a rabbi, who lived through the shelling of Pressburg.
Very interesting, very readable. Lots of excellent anecdotes from interviews with White House staff, as well as public facts about the First Ladies. My entirely non-political teenager stole this book from because ‘wait, -that’s- what Hillary Clinton looked like 20 years ago?’ and then she read a few chapters before giving it back. View all … More First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower
Why did people fight in the War of Northern Aggression? Why did people fight in the War of Southern Secession? Why did they sign up, where did they find the courage for their first battle, why did they stay after they realized that death is real and messy? Did people really fight ‘to end slavery’? … More For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War by James M. McPherson