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
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
Did someone say summer is the time for light and fluffy reads? Not the time for the serious books you didn’t have time for in the winter? How odd. I hope it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. The Menorah by Steven Fine 5 of 5 stars A close look at the triumphal Arch of Titus in … More Summer History Reads
Medicine through the Ages – and the Empires. This book covers the practice of medicine through most of the globe. Start off with the health difference of nomads vs city life: 1. Eat what you have when you have it vs what keeps well : quantity vs variety. 2. Disease kills off the tribe but … More Jews and Medicine: An Epic Saga by Frank Heynick
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 … More The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh