Belle Greene by Alexandra Lapierre

Belle da Costa Greene was a remarkable woman. Born in 1879, she was a cultured and beautiful woman who discretely had lovers, and was highly respected in her field. She was the personal librarian of JP Morgan, director of one of the most prestigious US libraries, and was the highest paid woman of her era. …

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Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

I was so excited when I requested this book, and it did not disappoint. People are basically decent, and the world is not as bad as you think. That's essentially the premise of this book. But it's not a light, fluffy, motivational book, it's actually a well researched and absolutely fascinating read. I came to …

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Marmee And Louisa: The Untold Story Of Lousia May Alcott and her Mother by Eva LaPlante

When I was growing up, I think every girl was given a copy of Little Women, Louisa May Alcotts 1868 book about four sisters coming of age under their Mother or Marmee's care and wisdom during the Civil War. It was a huge best seller in it's own era and remains a classic beloved by …

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Bedlam: London And Its Mad by Catharine Arnold

The word Bedlam became part of common usage as a slang word for chaos, anarchy and mess, but was originally a well known hospital for those suffering from mental illness. It was established in 1247 and existed at different sites til the 1930's. It's history is the history of the treatment for people who were …

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