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5 Things I Learned While Writing A Tale of Two Nations

If you’ve been studying a subject for as long as I have, you might not think there is anything left to discover or surprise. I’ve been studying World War I and how it changed the lives of ordinary people since I was a teenager. When I embarked on writing A Tale of Two Nations, my […]

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5 Things I Discovered While Writing Enterprising Women

Starting your own business is one of the most empowering things you’ll ever do, especially if you’re a woman.  Entrepreneurs often talk only about their successes, but the truth is every business struggles in its first several years and half of all businesses fail within the first five years. This struggle, and the contrast between […]

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Vera Brittain: World War One Cost Her Every Man She Loved

Vera Brittain was born December 29, 1893, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England. She is best known for her 1933 memoir Testament to Youth which talks about her wartime experiences.  Brittain also was a pacifist who wrote poetry and 28 other books. Brittain was born into a wealthy family that moved twice during her childhood. Her brother Edward was […]

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The Housewife’s Helper: Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management

Do you recognize the name Isabella Beeton? No worries if you don’t. Beeton is not very well known today, but in the 19th century she was a housewife’s best friend. Beeton authored a guidebook entitled The Book of Household Management Comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and Under […]

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Devil in the White City

I was excited to see that Erik Larson’s book Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America is in development to be made into a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Larson’s book reads like a novel but is, in reality, a nonfiction piece. Every event that occurs in the […]

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How the Other Half Lives

Once upon a time in America, a large number of people lived in abject poverty, out of sight and out of mind. Photojournalist Jacob Riis’s 1890 book How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York revealed this hidden community to the affluent and middle class. His book was an expose on tenement living, […]

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Welcome to the Jungle

The Jungle might very well be the most influential novel you probably don’t know. Written by Upton Sinclair in 1906, the novel was intended to show the horrible conditions in America’s slums. Instead, Sinclair exposed the unsanitary conditions in meatpacking plants. The novel first appeared as a serial (a common occurrence in the 19th century) in […]

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