Biography / Book Club Books / History / Karen / Nonfiction Book Club

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

The non-fiction book discussion participants were very interested in reading this. The group was given two and a half months to do so, but only two actually finished it. So first, let’s get the negativity out of the way. Here are those comments: “WAY, WAY, WAY too long.” OK, that is true. “WAY, WAY, WAY … Continue reading

Book Club Books / History / Karen / Nonfiction / Nonfiction Book Club

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

This quarter’s non-fiction book club selection, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, is a whopping 558 page travelogue/history of Paris between the 1830s through the early 1900s. In these pages, McCullough tells the tale of the Americans that were brave enough, fortunate enough, or foolish enough to make the difficult trek from America to France. … Continue reading

Award Winning / Biography / History / John / Nonfiction / Science

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

It’s likely there have been enough books on the Wright brothers to fill up every inch of a small, or maybe even a medium size, library, but in The Wright Brothers, his new biography of the pioneers of flight, award-winning historian David McCullough adds another very worthy and very accessible volume on Wilbur and Orville. Continue reading

History / Nonfiction

Shakespeare’s Restless World : a Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects by Neil MacGregor

I’ve been hesitant to pick up one of these “history in objects” books because of my concern that it would be too disjointed, but since we are celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this month, I figured I would give it a go.  Shakespeare’s Restless World is not, in fact, a linear history.  However, it is so … Continue reading

History / Nonfiction

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell

Imagine “The Devil in the White City” combined with a study of Frank Norris’ naturalistic novel “McTeague”, and you have an idea of how Careless People is structured.  It’s an amazing amalgamation of true crime, biography and literary criticism that captivates the reader and transports him back to The Jazz Age.  The book is intricately … Continue reading

History / Nonfiction

Heretics and Heroes by Thomas Cahill

Cahill’s latest offering is the sixth installment in the “Hinges of History” series that began in 1995.  Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World reads like an upper-level European history lecture class.  It is definitely not for readers unfamiliar with the major artistic, political and religious figures of the time … Continue reading