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Review of “The Toll-Gate” by Georgette Heyer

This Regency romance by Georgette Heyer employs a great deal of “flash-patter” slang, which apparently actually originated in Derbyshire, a county in the East Midlands of England and the setting for this novel. [There is an interesting history of how … Continue reading

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Review of “Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth” by Holger Hoock

Hoock aims to tell the story of the American Revolution by using violence as his central analytical and narrative focus. He argues that the story of the revolution has been subject to “whitewashing and selective remembering and forgetting.” Americans have … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber” by Sue Macy

This book tells the true story of Mary Garber, who successfully pursued her dream of being a sportswriter in spite of huge obstacles for women in that field. She was so beloved and respected that she was inducted into the … Continue reading

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Review of “The Light We Lost” by Jill Santopolo

The dedication for this book reads “For New York City” and in fact, September 11, 2001 is a seminal moment in the story, and a turning point in the life of the main protagonist, Lucy. Lucy narrates this book in … Continue reading

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Review of “The Outsider” by Anthony Franze

This legal thriller was intellectually stimulating, well-paced, and sufficiently suspenseful to keep me riveted. There are a number of underlying themes. One is a series of unsolved, ongoing murders that seem tangentially related to the Supreme Court. A second is … Continue reading

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