Most books* that I read involving time-travel back to slavery days were children’s books… An adult black woman traveling back to slavery is going to be a LOT grittier, and so it was. * most recent: Advertisements
Do questions make a good review? Why is making cloth women’s work? When did it become men’s work? How closely does the modern suit-and-shirt resemble the earliest form of clothing? What about other cultural forms of clothing? Why shouldn’t hunting be women’s work, since some women hunted? When is farming women’s work, and when is … More Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
10 year old’s rating: Good. How do dams make you able to turn on the light? I could read all the words! Good pictures.
The Brooklyn Bridge: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Bridge and the Remarkable Family That Built It by Elizabeth Mann 10 year old’s review: Buy, don’t borrow, this book. Some of the words were hard. The pictures were great. The river froze and the ferries crashed, hahaha! The big boss was so busy thinking … More The Brooklyn Bridge by Elizabeth Mann
Mom’s been gone forever, Grandma just had a stroke, and Daddy is a scientist at an army base so super-secret that the place has no name. Modern? No. The year is 1945, and the USA is at war with the Germany. And Japan. Daddy is working on the super-secret “gadget”. I, an adult, figured out … More The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson No ghosts were harmed in the making of this book. Cholera – a plague so bad that it had its own curse in my great-grandparent’s generation and back, kept around in … More The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
A dead body. Who cares, it’s only a street kid. Lots of dead bodies. Ick, but still, street kids. Who even cares? Sebastian’s sister actually berates him for ‘lowering himself’ to look into these dead bodies. C S Harris invokes some of my favorite tropes: * We know who did it but the law can’t … More Where the Dead Lie by C.S. Harris