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Remembrance by Theresa Breslin

I read Remembrance for my journey to Scotland last month because it was the only book by Theresa Breslin, Carnegie medal winning Scottish author, that my library system had. And it was set during World War I, a favorite time period. There were definitely echoes of Downton Abbey in the book. Seventeen year old John […]

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Poetry Friday: The 20th Gift of Christmas in France, 1917

Posted by Sherry on 12/20/2013 in 1917, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry, World War I |

Christmas Eve in France by Jessie Fauset “Jessie Redmon Fauset (April 27, 1882 – April 30, 1961) was an American editor, poet, essayist and novelist. Fauset was the editor of the NAACP magazine The Crisis. She also was the editor and co-author for the African American children’s magazine Brownies’ Book. She studied the teachings and […]

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The Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd

Posted by Sherry on 1/17/2013 in 1916, 1917, Adult Fiction, General, Historical fiction, Mysteries, World War I |

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd. In which we are introduced to nurse Bess Crawford as she becomes a survivor of the sinking of HMHS Britannic in the Kea Channel off the Greek island of Kea on the morning of November 21, 1916. Upon her return to England to convalesce, Bess carries a […]

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Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz

“The alleys, the houses, the palaces and mosques and the people who live among them are evoked as vividly in [Mahfouz’s] work as the streets of London were conjured up by Dickens.” ~Newsweek I was struggling through Mr. Mahfouz’s epic novel, the first part of a trilogy set in modern Cairo, Egypt, and in the […]

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1917: Events and Inventions

Posted by Sherry on 9/29/2011 in 1917, 20th Century History Project, General, World War I |

February 1, 1917. Germany resumes unrestricted submarine warfare, announcing that any ships trading in Allied waters will be liable to be sunk without warning. February 26, 1917. U.S. Congress, still reluctant to go to war with Germany, agrees that U.S. ships can be armed to counter German submarine attacks. March, 1917. Food riots break out […]

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1917: Books and Literature

Posted by Sherry on 9/27/2011 in 1917, 20th Century History Project, Current Events, General |

The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded in 1917. One of the first prizes awarded was for editorial writing, and the first winner was an editorial about the war and the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. This editorial by Frank J. Simonds appeared in the New York Tribune on the first anniversary of the […]

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Reading about World War I

Nonfiction for children and young adults: Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy. World War I and the Christmas Eve, 1914 spontaneous cease-fire. Reviewed by Betsy at Fuse #8. The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman. Reviewed at Bookish Blather. Primary Source Accounts of World War I […]

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To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild

Posted by Sherry on 8/20/2011 in 1915, 1916, 1917, 20th Century History Project, General, World War I |

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild. Mr. Hochschild also wrote Bury the Chains, a history of the British campaign against the African slave trade that I read and found fascinating in 2007, about the same time the movie Amazing Grace came out. Of course, I was drawn […]

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The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

Posted by Sherry on 8/22/2009 in 1917, 2009, 20th Century History Project, Children's Fiction, General |

Moundville, Alabama. 1917. Harry Otis Sims, nickname Dit: “I’ve been wrong before. Oh, heck, if I’m being real honest, I’ve been wrong a lot. But I ain’t never been so wrong as I was about Emma Walker. When she first came to town, I thought she was the worst piece of bad luck I’d had […]

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Born September 20th

Posted by Sherry on 9/20/2005 in --September, 1917, 20th Century History Project, Birthdays, Current Events |

Upton Sinclair, b. 1878, socialist author of The Jungle, a novel about the meat-packing industry that resulted in passage of The Pure Food and Drug Act (1906) and The Meat Inspection Act (1906)). Upton Sinclair, letter of resignation from the Socialist Party (September, 1917) I have lived in Germany and know its language and literature, […]

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