capturing music

Capturing Music by Thomas Forrest Kelly

Capturing Music is an “entertaining history of how musicians learned to record music for all time, filled with art that sings.” This is the…

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Girl Scouts Founder’s Day: Books for Mom & Daughter

October 31 is full of celebration! It’s Halloween. It’s Reformation Day. And for the Girl Scouts of the USA, it’s Founder’s Day, the day…

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violins of hope

Violins of Hope by James A. Grymes

For the past twenty years, Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein has devoted his time to the restoration of violins played by Jewish musicians during the…

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The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport

  The Romanov Sisters really did surprise me. What struck me most is how vividly Helen Rappaport portrays the Romanovs: not only the four sisters,…

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The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

  Don’t pick up The Wordy Shipmates expecting a grown-up version of Thanksgiving-centered lesson plans from grade school. Sarah Vowell offers an accurate portrayal of the…

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The Remedy by Thomas Goetz

  The Remedy takes you through medical and literary history, right around the time the foundation was laid for modern medicine. Handwashing was controversial….

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Review: Wild Boy by Mary Losure

   Title: Wild BoyAuthor: Mary LosurePublisher: Candlewick Released:March 26, 2013 Source:I received a copy of this book from the publisher after winning a giveaway…

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1913 by Florian Illies

1913 is a nonfiction history book…and it was spectacular! Classical music concerts inciting pandemonium and near-riots. Mervyn O’Gorman’s incredible autochrome photographs (no photos in the book, just…

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Book Beginnings: 1913 by Florian Illies

Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book,…

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Review: I Await the Devil’s Coming by Mary MacLane

Title: I Await the Devil’s ComingAuthor: Mary MacLanePublisher: Melville HouseReleased: March 19, 2013Source: publisher (Edelweiss) Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads Synopsis (from…

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