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Just follow Albert Einstein’s suggestion …

 “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” To encourage those whose creative spirit is on the rise this new year, the Melchers Museum Shop may have just the thing to push you on your way…wonderful books that can be your source for those secrets of creativity.   Simon Jennings two titles, The New Artist’s […]

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Book Reviews #9: How To Survive the Titanic

  Award-winning historian Frances Wilson delivers a gripping new account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, looking at the collision and its aftermath through the prism of the demolished life and lost honor of the ship’s owner, J. Bruce Ismay. In a unique work of history evocative of Joseph Conrad’s classic novel Lord Jim, […]

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Book Reviews #8: Blood and Smoke

  One hundred years ago, 40 cars lined up for the first Indianapolis 500. We are still waiting to find out who won.   The Indy 500 was created to showcase the controversial new sport of automobile racing, which was sweeping the country. Daring young men were driving automobiles at the astonishing speed of 75 […]

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Book Reviews #7: Abundant Beauty

A delightful and informative trek across the globe by a witty, intelligent, and courageous Victorian artist and adventurer. Marianne North was born in 1830 in Hastings, England. The daughter of a politician, North was raised in a socially active and intellectually stimulating household. She cared for her parents until their deaths, taking on the role […]

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Book Reviews #6: Good Living Street

  Few people have heard of the Gallia family of fin de siecle Vienna, but few will forget their extraordinary story after reading Good Living Street, a rich and detailed portrait of a prominent  Jewish family living in Austria during a time of Jewish assimilation and affluence, in a contradictory world of rising anti-Semitism.  This book […]

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Book Reviews #5: The Longest Winter: Scott’s Other Heroes

Robert Falcon Scott’s Northern Party played an integral role in his iconic last expedition, but how did they survive? Through the eyes of the men involved, Meredith Hooper recounts one of the greatest tales of adventure and endurance, which has often been overshadowed by the tragedy which befell Scott. Their tents were torn, their food […]

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Book Reviews #4: The Man Who Invented Christmas

[This review by Marjorie Kehe from the Christian Science Monitor’s archives originally ran on Dec. 23, 2008.] On the evening of Oct. 5, 1843, things were looking bleak for 31-year-old Charles Dickens. Even though he was the superstar author of the wildly popular “The Pickwick Papers” and “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” – and that […]

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Book Reviews #3: Osa and Martin: For the Love of Adventure

When visitors leave the Gari Melchers Home and Studio, one of the most lasting impressions  is the “love story”, the entwined lives of Gari and Corinne Melchers.  A twenty-year difference in ages did nothing to diminish the partnership, the bond between the two.  So, it is not surprising that we include the story of another partnership […]

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Book Reviews #2: The Paper Garden

Mary Delany was seventy-two years old when she noticed a petal drop from a geranium. In a flash of inspiration, she picked up her scissors and cut out a paper replica of the petal, inventing the art of collage. It was the summer of 1772, in England. During the next ten years she completed nearly […]

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Book Reviews #1 – Rin Tin Tin

  There are so many wonderful titles out this year,  I want to bring them out one at a time, so your interest can be piqued slowly over the next 6 weeks.   And who better to begin the selections than a true American Hero…Rin Tin Tin. He believed the dog was immortal. So begins […]

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