The Anatomist’s Apprentice by Tessa Harris

June 30, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher):In the first in a stunning new mystery series set in eighteenth-century England, Tessa Harris introduces Dr. Thomas Silkstone, anatomist and pioneering forensic detective… The death of Sir Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man—except […]

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Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles

June 26, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): The devastating struggle to the death between the Carthaginians and the Romans was one of the defining dramas of the ancient world. In an epic series of land and sea battles, both sides came close to victory before the Carthaginians finally succumbed and their capital city, history, and culture were almost […]

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Righteous Indignation by Andrew Breitbart

June 23, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the “liberally biased” major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news […]

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Josephine: A Life of the Empress by Carolly Erickson

June 18, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): In 1804, when Josephine Bonaparte knelt before her husband, Napoleon, to receive the imperial diadem, few in the vast crowd of onlookers were aware of the dark secrets hidden behind the imperial façade. To her subjects, she appeared to be the most favored woman in France: alluring, wealthy, and with the […]

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Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame, (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt

June 15, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Every U.S. president is the focus of public scrutiny, but how well do we know these men? What kind of fathers do presidents make? Husbands? Neighbors? Other books focus on the historical achievements of those who have occupied our country’s highest office; Lives of the Presidents looks instead at their bad […]

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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

June 10, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): When Emma Rouault marries dull, provincial doctor Charles Bovary, her dreams of an elegant and passionate life crumble. She escapes into sentimental novels but finds her fantasies dashed by the tedium of her days. Motherhood proves to be a burden; religion is only a brief distraction. She spends lavishly and […]

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature by Elizabeth Kantor

June 8, 2012

Description (from the publisher): What PC English professors don’t want you to learn from… • Beowulf: If we don’t admire heroes, there’s something wrong with us • Chaucer: Chivalry has contributed enormously to women’s happiness • Shakespeare: Some choices are inherently destructive (it’s just built into the nature of things) • Milton: Our intellectual freedoms […]

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Abigail Adams by Woody Holton

June 5, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s ChoiceAmerican Heritage, Best of 2009In this vivid new biography of Abigail Adams, the most illustrious woman of the founding era, Bancroft Award–winning historian Woody Holton offers a sweeping reinterpretation of Adams’s life story and of women’s roles in the creation of the republic. Using […]

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If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by The Goldman Family

June 2, 2012

Synopsis (from the publisher): In 1994, Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson were brutally murdered at her home in Brentwood, California. O.J. Simpson was tried for the crime in a case that captured the attention of the American people, but was ultimately acquitted of criminal charges. The victims’ families brought a civil case against Simpson, […]

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