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Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History – Rebecca Romney, J. P. Romney

Who knew that the history of printing could be so much fun. In the introduction we are reminded that humankind is full of idiots and this book reinforces the idea. Rebecca Romney is a rare book expert often called upon … Continue reading

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Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto -Tilar J. Mazzeo

There were false identity papers for all of the children, but some of them needed more. They needed to be more Polish, less Jewish, needed golden curls, needed to stop speaking Yiddish, needed to forget their real families. Only Irena … Continue reading

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The Story of Egypt: The Civilization that Shaped the World – Joann Fletcher

This is a long book, it has to be. It spans 4,000 years. It’s not just names and dates, but filled with real people, like the royal manicurists Niankhnum and Khnumhotep, whose house was decorated with vignettes of their lives, … Continue reading

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1941: The America That Went to War – William M. Christie

This is the story of the end of an era. The last year before America lost its innocence, the year before everything changed. It is told, month by month, with an event that occurred in that month as the theme. … Continue reading

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Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game -Erica Westly

762 wins, 88 losses, 162 no hitters, 45 perfect games, and 7,000 strikeouts – Bertha Tickey was a very special softball player. Most of her records still stand. And she taught Lana Turner to swing a bat for a movie … Continue reading

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Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine: An Isabel Dalhousie Story – Alexander McCall Smith

Sweet, thoughtful Isabel is once again confronted with a moral dilemma. She made a promise to keep a friend’s secret, and then finds that in order to keep that secret, she must betray another friend. If you are a reader … Continue reading

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The First Signs: My Quest to Unlock the Mysteries of the World’s Oldest Symbols – Genevieve von Petzinger

Two hundred thousand years ago modern humans appeared in Africa. Language was completely formed about 100,000 years ago, but when did written communication begin? They had our bodies and brains, but when did they become us? As an undergraduate in … Continue reading

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