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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 #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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What the heck’s a scrum?

Theodore Roosevelt saw his first game of  football in 1876, when, as  a freshman his alma mater,  Havard, played arch rival Yale.  From that first encounter, he developed a life-long interest in the game, admiring  its potential for building character. But the game at the time was brutish and dangerous, where severe player  injuries and deaths were commonplace.  […]

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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges

“I must say that I find television very educational.  The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.” Groucho Marx I admit it. I’m a bibliophile.  As Thomas Jefferson said (and I agree), “I cannot live without books.”  I get a little nervous if the pile beside my bed […]

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The Texture of Photography

  In less than a month, with the coming of Labor Day, summer ends and one of my favorite exhibits at Gari Melchers Home and Studio closes.  The exhibition, Belmont Through a Lens: Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston, is a collection of photographs Johnston produced in the late 1920′s.  She had been commissioned by Mrs. Daniel […]

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Hot and Lazy Summer Days

What better way to pass these incredibly hot summer days than keeping company with a really good book.  Both Gari and Corinne Melchers were great readers, as is evident by the volumes in their library. The  titles in the museum shop are quite eclectic, but there is method in the madness.  All selections relate to Gari Melchers in […]

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