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  • Researching The Living and the LostResearching The Living and the Lost
    by Ellen Feldman It’s a truism that writers are always squirreling away random observations, eavesdropped comments, and stray anecdotes as grist for their literary mills. A novel spanning years and featuring myriad characters can spring from a moment witnessed on … Read the article The post Researching <em>The Living and the… Read more »
  • Oh, Those “Girton Girls!”Oh, Those “Girton Girls!”
    by Nancy Springer In 19th century England, while sons of the well-to-do were sent to boarding school and university, daughters were generally taught at home by governesses. However, most of these governesses were not very well qualified. Being a governess was the … Read the article The post Oh, Those “Girton Girls!”… Read more »
  • Gender Roles Beyond the Grave: Sexing by MetalGender Roles Beyond the Grave: Sexing by Metal
    by Nancy Marie Brown When I began writing The Real Valkyrie, I thought it was going to be a book about bones. It turned out to be a book about bias. Sketch of the archaeological grave found and labeled… Read the article The post Gender Roles Beyond the Grave: Sexing… Read more »
  • Who was Joe Kennedy?Who was Joe Kennedy?
    by Susan Ronald In the following excerpt from The Ambassador, acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald discusses the early life of Joseph Kennedy, foreshadowing his controversial stint as US Ambassador to Great Britain on the eve of World War II. President Roosevelt… Read the article The post Who was Joe Kennedy? appeared… Read more »
  • Sail Away: Post-War Migration and the Escape from PovertySail Away: Post-War Migration and the Escape from Poverty
    by Siân Evans Siân Evans’s new book Maiden Voyages is an engaging and anecdotal social history, exploring how women’s lives were transformed by the Golden Age of ocean liner travel between Europe and North America. Read an excerpt below! Painting… Read the article The post Sail Away: Post-War Migration and the Escape… Read more »
  • The Despair of Persons Living With Alzheimer’s DiseaseThe Despair of Persons Living With Alzheimer’s Disease
    by Jason Karlawish On the morning of June 7th, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Biogen’s drug aducanumab (marketed as Aduhelm) for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Association President Harry Johns called this decision “historic.” For … Read the article The post The Despair of Persons… Read more »
  • Joe Kennedy: A Complex and Shocking AmbassadorJoe Kennedy: A Complex and Shocking Ambassador
    by Susan Ronald To say that there were more than a few things I found shocking when writing about Joe Kennedy is a massive understatement. Of course, I knew about his womanizing (but didn’t know about Babe Paley)—a predatory trait … Read the article The post Joe Kennedy: A Complex… Read more »
  • Dominus: New ExcerptDominus: New Excerpt
    Spanning 160 years and seven generations, teeming with some of ancient Rome’s most vivid figures, Steven Saylor’s novel Dominus brings to vivid life some of the most tumultuous and consequential chapters of human history, events which reverberate still. Read an … Read the article The post Dominus: New Excerpt appeared… Read more »
  • Elizabeth Bentley: The True Story That Inspired a NovelElizabeth Bentley: The True Story That Inspired a Novel
    by Karin Tanabe When I decided that I wanted to write about a woman in the 1950s, who was struggling with motherhood against the backdrop of the Cold War, the idea of her being a spy started to form. I’ll … Read the article The post Elizabeth Bentley: The True… Read more »
  • A Woman of Intelligence: Featured ExcerptA Woman of Intelligence: Featured Excerpt
    by Karin Tanabe Karin Tanabe’s A Woman of Intelligence is an exhilarating novel of post-war New York City, and one remarkable woman’s journey from the United Nations, to the cloistered drawing rooms of Manhattan society, to the secretive ranks of … Read the article The post A Woman of Intelligence: Featured Excerpt… Read more »