Non Fiction

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In Defense of Food

My husband does most of the cooking in our house. He loves to cook, to invent, and to nurture his family through the meals he creates. He's also keenly aware of the role nutrition plays in health, which dovetails quite nicely since he is of the "everything in moderation" school. We use real butter i ...

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The Court of the Last Tsar

I am all for comfort. Not for me the torturous trappings of the 19th century woman, but if they ever make a time machine, I will gladly don a corset if it means I can go to a reception, dinner, and ball at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg during the time when the Tsar was still the absolute ruler ...

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Dear Jane Austen: A Heroine’s Guide to Life and Love

What if Jane Austen wrote an advice column a la Dear Abby? That's the premise of Dear Jane Austen: A Heroine’s Guide to Life and Love and if you are a Janeite, you will love this book. My Jane Austen novels, which were well read and well loved in the past, have been collecting dust on my bookshelf ...

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Flirting with Pride and Prejudice

Jennifer Crusie spends her editorial prologue in Flirting with Pride and Prejudice talking about how she didn’t have the time edit the collection. What with deadlines, her "real" life, and other obligations, she simply didn’t need the extra project. But she couldn’t turn it down. I felt ...

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Beau Brummell: The Ultimate Man of Style

He joined the army, but didn't fight in a war. He didn't find the cure for a dreaded disease (he died of one). He didn't produce any works of art and never even sat for a portrait. He wasn't a saint, nor was he particularly wicked. He had his faults, but he had his share of virtues as well. He ...

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In Cold Blood

I first read In Cold Blood years ago, so many that I couldn’t remember much about it except that I enjoyed it. I suppose the fact that I liked it shouldn’t be surprising; the book is a 20th century American classic, the progenitor of 364.1523, a number every public librarian knows (the True Cri ...

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Inside the Victorian Home

If there's anything I love, it's books about how people lived in the past. Since I work at a university library, I see a lot of them, but too many are written in dense jargon. I don't want to read books that refer to homes, clothing and furniture as "texts", I simply want to know how people lived ...

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Turbulent Souls

For me, 2005 has been the Year of Nonfiction. For whatever reason – possibly because it’s easier to read with constant toddler interruption – quite a bit of it crossed my palms this past year. A month or so ago I read one of this year’s best-sellers, Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen ...

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The Russian Word for Snow

The Russian Word for Snow is one woman's true account of her Russian adoption. It's the story of how she persevered through bureaucracy and corruption, fear and anxiety, to get her son out of a Russian orphanage and make a family of three out of herself, her husband and little Alex. The book's title ...

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This Day in North American Indian History

Phil Konstantin runs the History Web Ring and AAR is one of a thousand member sites. When LLB learned Konstantin had written a book about the history of native Americans, she thought it would be interesting to have it reviewed, particularly since so many readers ask about quality Indian Romances and ...