Tag Archives: history

  1. Sacks, David. LANGUAGE VISIBLE: THE MYSTERY OF THE ALPHABET FROM A TO Z

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    September 15, 2015 by ethelfritha

    Do you know why English always has a “U” after “Q”? Well, I do, and I’ll tell you. Once upon …
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  2. Ostler, Nicholas. EMPIRES OF THE WORD: A LANGUAGE HISTORY OF THE WORLD

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    September 4, 2015 by ethelfritha

    I’ll be honest. Practically the only reason I’m posting about this book is because it took me approximately 9,842 years …
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  3. Roberts, Chris. HEAVY WORDS LIGHTLY THROWN: THE REASON BEHIND THE RHYME

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    July 31, 2015 by ethelfritha

    What is it about this book? Is it the dated, cynical, wink wink nudge nudge witticisms the author throws around …
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  4. Von Drehle, David. TRIANGLE: THE FIRE THAT CHANGED AMERICA

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    October 23, 2014 by ethelfritha

    The more I read, the happier I am to live when I do. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911, the …
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  5. Mayor, Adrienne. GREEK FIRE, POISON ARROWS, AND SCORPION BOMBS

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    October 8, 2014 by ethelfritha

    It is tempting to suppose, in the breathless wake of the 24-hour news cycle, that we the living are the …
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  6. Cowley, Robert, ed. WHAT IF 2: EMINENT HISTORIANS IMAGINE WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

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    October 6, 2014 by ethelfritha

    I got ahold of a speculative history novel once without knowing it was speculative history and made it a fourth …
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  7. Flanders, Judith. INSIDE THE VICTORIAN HOME

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    August 12, 2014 by ethelfritha

    Flander’s account of the Victorian home is exactly what it says: a systematic tour of a family’s house, room by room, …
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