Exciting Stuff!

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I wanted to mention several things that I’m excited about. First and foremost, here’s the cover design for my forthcoming nonfiction book about the Woodville family. Love it! The book will be released by the History Press ┬áin October of …

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Susan’s Very Busy Day

As long-term readers of this blog know, each year I volunteer at the county’s annual library sale. There, I unpack books and arrange them on tables. Until this year, the perk was first pick from over 450,000 books, but the …

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My Favorite Reads of 2011, and Books to Look For in 2012

Happy New Year! I wanted to end the year by listing (in no particular order) some of my favorite reads of 2011. Most of these weren’t books that appeared in 2011, just books I read in 2011. Nonfiction: My Thoughts …

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The Horsey Master Stokes and the Gullible Mr. Marples

Where would the history of Lady Jane Grey and her family be without the intrepid Victorians? I came across this gem today while looking up a reference for Adrian Stokes. It’s from a piece in the 1885-86 Proceedings of the …

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New Nonfiction

I’ve been meaning to post for some time about the nonfiction books dealing with the Wars of the Roses and the Tudors that have caught my eye lately. Many of them have just recently been published. Here they are, more …

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A Book to Avoid: The Nine Days Queen by Mary Luke

Last week, I picked up this 1986 biography of Lady Jane Grey by Mary Luke, a historical novelist who also dabbled in nonfiction. While I had been warned that this book was a heavily fictionalized account of Jane’s life, I …

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My Favorite Reads of 2010

OK, everyone else is doing this today, so why shouldn’t I? 2010 wasn’t a great reading year for me in terms of quantity, but in quality there were some high points. (Most, but not all, of these books were published …

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A Christmas Scene at Barnes and Noble

While buying a gift card at Barnes and Noble today, I overheard the following exchange: Clueless customer: “Do you sell Kindle gift cards?” Clerk: “No, we have Nooks here.” Clueless customer: “I need a gift card for my friend.” Clerk: …

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New in My Nonfiction Library

I am in the very pleasant position of having too much to read, for over the past few days, I’ve added several new nonfiction books to my collection. So, taking a cue from Kathryn’s post, I thought I would mention …

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Mean Girls, Historical Fiction Style

As some of my Facebook friends know, there’s a group called The History Police where like-minded individuals congregate in order to decry books and movies that distort history. Because a lot of us in that particular group are interested in …

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