The Dark Ages – a time when nothing happened. Yes? No. Tuchman follows the life of the last Count of Coucy through the 1300s. The book opens before his birth, with a description of chivalry and the state of the continent, and of course a chapter on the Black Death, the plague which left Europe … More A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman
10 year old’s review: Read it again! Why is a king allowed to stay in charge if he is crazy? Why were the king and the big general both named George? Why did the colonies want to separate from England? Why were the colonies attached to England to start with? What to wear, how to … More If You Were There in 1776 by Barbara Brenner
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:
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