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Thanks for sharing, Janet. David McCullough does wonderful popular history, and the The Forgotten sounds really great—will definitely look for it.
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Teresa, that is such a good point right about knowing, and understanding, where you came from. It's so important for so many reasons.History really does matter, and teaches us all elemental lessons about humanity.
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So glad you enjoyed the post—and yes, the comments are really interesting!
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What fascinating books and facts, Karin. Thanks for sharing! (And thanks for the Newark Museum recommendation.) By "present" I'm assuming you mean Robert Lincoln was living at the times of the assassinations. I don't believe he was actually present at Ford's Theater.
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Yes, I've heard it's great, and will definitely do it next time I'm in Philly.
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Constance, I read the Berlin story, too—and yes, there are so many wonderful stories of new immigrants being so generous to their new country. I do have hope that we'll weather this bleak moment in our history, and get back to the values that have made America a beacon of light, not hate. I love that a history book is on hold at the library! Things like that give one hope!
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I think you would really enjoy both books, Mary Jo. How cool that your father knew about Deborah Sampson. The NY Times just did an article on her, as a new diary was discovered recently, written by a fellow soldier, and mentioned her. I'm sure women fought as men far more often than history reports! We both know about the women in the gun crews at the Battle of Trafalgar, and I'm sure there are SO many more stories like that.
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I LOVE the NY Historical Society. They do such great exhibts. This one sounds wonderful! And I just read the NY Times article on Deborah Sampson. I'm sure she's not the only woman who fought disguised as a man!
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I love Philbrick's books on the American Revolution, too. They are wonderful narratives about less touched-on topics.
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Sue, that's SO true. All the people, from the great leaders to the ordinary people who worked with little notice, played a role in shaping who we are today. I think you'll enjoy both history. They're provocative, but in very thoughtful ways. I really enjoyed them.
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Andrea here, tomorrow is America’s birthday, and like all birthdays, it’s a time for festive celebration—red, white and blue cakes, fireworks, parades and general merriment as the milestone serves as a traditional high point in summer across the country. But as we gear up for a day of fun and backyard grilling, I also have a few more serious thoughts about the occasion. Despite our flaws and foibles—and as a collection of “we, the people,” the country has many—there is much to celebrate. Our forefathers founded this brash experiment with some very radical ideas about equality and the notion of... Continue reading
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Wow! Madly scribbling titles for the TBR list. I really enjoyed Brennan's Dragon series too. Fun and interesting world.
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Wow! Very impressive, Vicki! So glad you enjoyed Charlotte and Wrexford!
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Great list,Margaret! I'm going to grab Letters to the Lost.
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I was thinking of the The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter next, as I really like Gaynor's writing. Thanks for suggesting it. And you're in for a real treat with Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series! us
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Sounds really interesting!
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Thanks for the other WWII recommendations, Janice. I thought The Huntress had a great voice, too.
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MJP does EVERYTHING well!
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SO glad the Brownie book brought back sweet memories, Michelle. I remember finding the series at the library as a kid, and loving the books. I agree—dark and chewy takes the cake . . .or brownie. But it is definitely hard to screw up a brownie.
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Oh, I agree, Maryellen—strawberry shortcake is definitely a summer breakfast food!
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Oh, I love Eton Mess, Alice! (But I confess, not as much as brownies!)
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I love fresh fruit, too. But a good brownie . . . .
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This sounds divine, Katja. (And thank you for leaving all the brownies for moi!
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Trader Joe's still has that, too. I have a jar stashed just for cooking.
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Thanks for sharing, Janice! I grew up with the classic Joy of Cooking recipe. (My mother had a copy her mother had given her. It's pretty similar. And thanks for the tip on the lower temperature. LOVE the chum comment.
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