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Review of “Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West” by Christopher Knowlton

This is one heck of a good book, so full of interesting historical facts and vignettes that you will be driving everyone around you crazy as you read by calling out repeatedly, “Listen to THIS!” It tells the story of … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Pass the Pandowdy, Please” by Abigail Ewing Zelz

This book for kids 8-11, subtitled “Chewing on History with Famous Folks and Their Fabulous Foods” aims to provide a glimpse into the food customs of famous people throughout history. As the author notes, “History is written between the lines … Continue reading

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Review of “Words in Deep Blue” by Cath Crowley

A new book by Australian author Cath Crowley, who also wrote Graffiti Moon and A Little Wanting Song, is always a treat because she is such an exceptional writer. In addition she is especially adept at portraying the emotional landscape … Continue reading

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Review of “Chasing the North Star” by Robert Morgan

This historical fiction book follows, in blow-by-blow manner, the journey of the 18-year-old slave Jonah Williams to the North and to freedom following a beating by his master in South Carolina. He is soon joined in his attempt at escape … Continue reading

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Review of “The Almost Sisters” by Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson returns to Alabama to bring us this story full of entertaining and appealing characters, while also providing an expert look at manners and mores in the contemporary South. Leia Birch Briggs, a comic book artist who is 38 … Continue reading

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