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   MeiDei  From this week's offering: "White Houses" by Amy Bloom. The writer was given access to Eleanor Roosevelt's letters by the family and had unlimited public access to Lorena Hickock's letters. This seems to be the unvarnished account of the loving relationship between the two. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35876524-white-houses It's well written, not too detailed; this is one historical novel I could skip reading in full.
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   MeiDei  Here's another that was previewed, this time a spy/thriller "Need to Know": A Novel
by Karen Cleveland. Goodreads reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34404002-need-to-know.
I'm playing catch-up with the on line book club on a can-do basis - this one made me sorry, as the one below, that I missed reading them as they appeared; thus forfeiting an ability to enter for a give-away copy.
Friday at 19:40 EST .



   MeiDei  Try this link if the above doesn't work:
https://therealbookspy.com/2017/11/05/a-
book-spy-review-need-to-know-by-karen-cl
eveland/
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   MeiDei  An except from the historical novel "The Girls in the Picture", by Melanie Benjamin. A story about early movies and Mary Pickford, et al. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34748722-the-girls-in-th
e-picture
This was a book previewed on line during my computer hiatus : )
"I'd written a few feature articles back in San Francisco, for the Hearst newspapers. They were little society stories; once I'd been sent to interview the theater actress Marie Dressler, who'd laughed at my youth but then spent hours telling me everything about her troubles with men; they all seemed to steal her money and leave her. She couldn't understand why—I stared at her face, really quite ugly, with coarse features, bulging eyes, and lips like a toad, but as she kept talking about her heartaches, those popping eyes shone wistfully, girlishly, until her face became almost beautiful with the generosity and tenderness of her soul. I wrote about that instead—I thought I brought her completely to life on the page—but the article never ran".

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   MeiDei  The quote above is supposedly Frances Marion's (vs. Mary Pickford ) & the photo is of Marie Dressler - picked to enhance the quote.
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   StormCnter  I'm about halfway through "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson. I had read some of his previous books, "Dead Wake" about the last crossing of the Lusitania and "Isaac's Storm" about the Galveston hurricane and flood of 1900. Both of those books were riveting and I have recommended them to others. This one, "Beasts" follows the growing challenges affecting the brand new and inexperienced US ambassador to Germany (and his family ) during Hitler's early gathering of power as the newly appointed chancellor. This is a really good read and I have learned a lot already, just as I did with the earlier books.
Friday at 08:14 EST .



   Sehall  One of my very favorite authors, StormCnter, for exactly the reasons you state -- you learn a lot! Larson, Howard Blum, Simon Winchester all write those kinds of books. Always a bonus to read one of their works! I just received from my library Howard Blum's new book "In the Enemy's House" -- can't wait to read it!
Friday at 11:38 EST .


   StormCnter  I have such admiration for code breakers as they are such a treasure and are too often unrecognized publicly. Let us know about the book.
Friday at 17:20 EST .


   Sehall  As soon as I finish "The Fever of 1721" : )
Yesterday at 16:32 EST .




   Sehall  For those who enjoy politically-oriented books, has anyone read "Let Trump be Trump"? It was definitely interesting to read the "behind-the-scenes" story of the campaign and victory.
February 17 at 15:11 EST .

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   StormCnter  I have not, Sehall. Did you read it and enjoy it? My all-time favorite political book is "What it Takes" by Richard Ben Cramer about the 1988 primary campaigns. Here is a 2014 NPR review of Cramer's book.
https://www.npr.org/2014/10/24/358551594
/for-the-midterm-elections-a-book-on-wha
t-it-takes-to-win
February 18 at 05:41 EST .

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   Gram77  Looks like a book I need to check out. I'm down to #89 at the library for Fire and Fury and #2 for It's Even Worse Then You Think. I'll see if the library has Let Trump Be Trump.
February 18 at 09:22 EST .

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   Sehall  I did read it (Let Trump Be Trump ) and I really enjoyed it ... was an easy read (less than 300 pages ). Interesting take on what was really happening behind the scenes vs. what the media was telling us.
February 18 at 21:08 EST .

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   StormCnter  I finished "Paris in the Present Tense" by Mark Helprin and I think I loved it. Helprin loves showing off with his words and that gets a little annoying, but the story is gripping.
Now, I have begun "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" by Anthony Marra. This one has won all kinds of awards and praise and is a bestseller. I've had it on the shelf for a while and kept pushing it back, but now I'm down to the lick log with just three or four books to choose from and "Constellation" drew the black bean. We'll see. Here's the Goodreads review:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18428067-a-constellation
-of-vital-phenomena?from_search=true
February 16 at 11:20 EST .

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   Sehall  Just for (Lucianne ) Friends: If you'd like to sample an entire issue of my new digital publication, Digging History Magazine, go to this link and download the inaugural January issue: https://www.digginghistorymag.com/just-for-friends/

Download to your computer or tablet and enjoy! Subscriptions are now available: 3-month, 6-month and one-year. https://www.digginghistorymag.com/buy-a-subscription/

I hope you enjoy it. February is on sale, as is a Special Edition on Early American Faith. March will feature a new contributor, a passionate historian of Appalachian history. The title of her column will be "Appalachian Histories & Mysteries."

All I ask in return for receiving the free issue is feedback (see the contact page on the site ), and if you like it please help me spread the word. We're a little slow getting off the ground so word-of-mouth is always welcome. Thanks for checking it out!
February 12 at 23:45 EST .

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   StormCnter  Will do. Thanks for the heads up. Good luck.
February 13 at 14:34 EST .

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   Sehall  Anyone who downloaded a copy of the magazine, I'd really appreciate your feedback, positive and negative. Actually, especially the negative. It's still a work-in-progress and there is always room for improvement. Be brutal if you must : ) There is a contact page on the web site you can use for critique.

In fact, if anyone would like to help me sharpen the focus and improve the content and design (and appeal ), I'm happy to provide a free copy each month, but, again the critique is the most important thing I'm in need of.
February 17 at 13:43 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm getting ready to abandon the book I have been reading. I'm up to the 95th page and it's been a slog. I don't care about these characters and the discussions of the world of fine art are so tedious that my eyes glaze. "What I Loved" by Siri Hustvedt. I had read her book "The Summer Without Men" and enjoyed it. This one, however, is headed to the donate stack before I attempt the 96th page. Has anyone read it? Goodreads gave it good reviews.
February 10 at 07:14 EST .

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   Gram77  I had run across the review on Goodreads and figured it would be good. Sure glad you posted this. Thanks.
February 11 at 08:54 EST .

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   Sehall  So what kinds of books do my Lucianne friends StormCnter and Gram77 like to read? I read a lot of history and historical fiction.
February 11 at 11:28 EST .

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   Gram77  I like history, life stories, good science fiction, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, John Sanford and a new author Steve Hamilton. When I need a rest I read Evanovich and Woods. Nice to see you like history.
February 11 at 19:31 EST .

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   StormCnter  Sehall, I read just about everything. I like books about the political scene, historical fiction, history, biographies, fiction (except fantasy ). I can't understand those who don't read for pleasure. They have no idea what they are missing.
February 12 at 05:32 EST .

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   Sehall  StormCnter that's about my range of reading as well. I read a lot of history because, well, it's part of my business! Even while reading I'm picking up ideas for articles to share with my magazine readers.

Some of my favorite history authors are Erik Larson, Howard Blum, Bill Bryson, David McCullough and Simon Winchester. I always learn about the book's subject but these authors tend to enrich by including other tidbits -- I look for the tidbits to write about.

Many of these tidbits are somewhat obscure and that's what I like to write about. Many of my article ideas come straight from the headlines of newspapers, especially during the Victorian Era and early twentieth century.

Have you ever read any of Joel C. Rosenberg's books? Love his political thrillers!
February 12 at 12:24 EST .

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   StormCnter  Have you read David McCullough's "Path Between the Seas" about the Panama Canal? It's on my "do not lend" shelf and I have recommended it to so many. I have enjoyed Bill Bryson, especially his first few books, but he has worn a little thin with me now.
I am reading Mark Helprin's "Paris in the Present Tense" and am hooked. The first 60 or 70 pages are a bit slow but all of a sudden it picks up.
February 13 at 14:39 EST .


   Sehall  I got bogged down with McCullough's Path Between the Seas. I'll have to revisit it later. He's another author who just absolutely packs his books with all kinds of interesting tidbits. I did enjoy his book on building the Brooklyn Bridge and the Johnstown Flood. You're right about Bill Bryson -- haven't read a whole lot of his recent books. I did enjoy "One Summer" -- so many fascinating events! Will have to check into Mark Helprin, having never read any of his books. I'm so far backed-up on reading with all the writing I'm doing, and I have e-books on hold at three libraries!
February 13 at 20:33 EST .

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   Sehall  Digging History Magazine now has subscriptions (finally! ) and also a convenient place to download issue samples: https://www.digginghistorymag.com/the-magazine/

Following the launch of this new (ad )venture my first benchmark is to find 50 subscribers -- "Fifty Out of Seven-Point-Six-Billion" https://www.digginghistorymag.com/2018/01/27/fifty-out-of-se
ven-point-six-billion/
to help me get off the ground as I build a customer base. As a friend reminded me yesterday -- "Rome wasn't built in a day" -- it will take time and perseverance. The March issue is being assembled and written now. It will feature a new contributor who will write a column entitled "Appalachian Histories & Mysteries". Can't wait to introduce her!
February 7 at 11:26 EST .

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   Sehall  Thanks StormCnter and Gram77. My new digital magazine has two issues posted, January and February, plus a special edition on Early American Faith. If you go to the magazine page, click on a magazine image to see the contents and to purchase or download a sample. For now it's single issue purchases but I will be adding subscriptions to make it easier to get monthly issues. Each monthly issue will be at least 40-50 pages of just article with an occasional little ad.

I would be so appreciative to have your support and help in spreading the word. It's a way for me to earn a steady stream of income. Here's the magazine page where you can see what's available:

https://www.digginghistorymag.com/the-magazine/

I have my web site designer working on a streamlined format and that should be coming soon. For now, take a look around and see what the site (and me ) are all about. Feel free to send me a note on the contact page. Thanks again.
February 2 at 11:37 EST .

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   StormCnter  I visited your website and poked around. I share your interest in genealogy, too. I have more than 10,000 names in my database, accumulated over more than 20 years. I'll pass the word to others to check into your magazine.
February 4 at 05:17 EST .

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   Sehall  Thanks StormCnter -- I will have subscriptions soon. I have written extensive articles on some of my genealogy research adventures -- January has a couple of stories. I don't write them "dry" like they do in those genealogy publications. I make it interesting! If you'll go back to the contact page and fill it out and put "free issue connection" in the message box I'll send you a free copy of the January issue.
February 4 at 11:31 EST .

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   Sehall  StormCnter -- your genealogy project sounds impressive! I also create custom pedigree charts for clients. In my research for clients I'm on the lookout for things like signatures, cattle brands, news clippings, significant records, etc. to include on their chart to make it more of a conversation piece and not just a bunch of dates.
February 7 at 12:11 EST .

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