Book Review | Barnum: An American Life

P. T. Barnum is as quintessentially American as Cornelius Vanderbilt or Andrew Carnegie. Most of us grew up at least being able to recognize the Barnum & Bailey’s animal crackers box or listening to ads for the circus on the television or radio a hundred years after P. T. Barnum actually lived. He is an […]

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Book Review | Prince of Darkness

No, this is not a book about vampires. It’s not even fiction. It’s a biography of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s first black millionaire. Prince of Darkness is what is contemporaries – or rivals – called him. Because this Hamilton was kind of ruthless. And by ‘kind of’, I mean ‘really’. (All reviews are spoiler-free […]

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Book Review | Born to Be Posthumous

I’m guessing there’s a good chance you do not know who Edward Gorey is. But, if you are a fan of Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, or Lemony Snicket, you’re already a fan of Gorey. He influenced all of them – and many more – and once you are familiar with his work, you’ll recognize it […]

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Biographies on My TBR

Even as a history major, I didn’t read all that many biographies. They weren’t really assigned in any of my classes (for which I was already reading a lot of history), they’re usually pretty massive, and I was under the impression that they were all dry and boring. Fast forward a few (okay, more than […]

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Audiobook of the Month | September

I don’t generally enjoy listening to super long audiobooks. Since I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively in the car, I only get through a certain number of hours a week, and if a book takes me longer than a week or two, I tend to start getting impatient. I have listened to a few longer […]

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Book Review | Becoming Queen Victoria

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of an anglophile. I majored in European History in college, and spent most of that time studying British History. And one of the most intriguing figures I’ve read about is Queen Victoria. Having recently read another biography about her (review here), I became even more interested particularly in […]

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Book Review | Victoria: The Queen

For as long as I’ve loved history (which is a long time), I’ve been fascinated by the British monarchy. So when I saw this new biography of Queen Victoria by Julia Baird, I was intrigued. I don’t remember the last time I actually read a biography (I’m more inclined to read memoir), and I thought […]

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