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Cinderellas of Conflict and War

3 Book Review by Jim Scott

  • A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War

          by Patricia Fara

  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

          by Liza Mundy

  • Hidden Figures:The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race,

          by Margot Lee Shetterly

 

Book Habit Blog - These Truths: A History of the United States

by Jill Lepore

This ambitious book addresses Hamilton’s pregnant question posed in 1787, “whether societies…are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force?”  Searching for an answer, Lepore quotes Lincoln, “We must disenthrall ourselves,” and James Baldwin, “What one begs American people to do…is simply to accept our history.”  Paying homage to both, she offers her story to those who want to know about our past and seek an honest reckoning.  She deliv

Book Habit Blog: The Milkman

by Anna Burns

Winner of the Man Booker Prize (the UK’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) 2018

What keeps the reader engaged in The Milkman is that the novel is rarely predictable – the actions of the quirky characters are not consistent – the “madding crowd” is, in fact, mad (as, say, the hatter).

Book Habit Blog: Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches

by S.C. Gwynne

This is an historical non-fiction narrative, telling lyrically three, tightly interwoven stories: the settling of the state of Texas; America’s forty year war of extermination of the Comanche tribe; and the saga of pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker, kidnapped by the Comanche as a nine-year-old girl, integrated into the tribe, never attempting nor wishing to escape, who gave birth to and raised the legendary, principal war chief, Quanah Parker.

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