The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Posted by Sherry on 3/28/2017 in 1944, History, Movies, Nonfiction, Poland, World War II |

I read The Zookeeper’s Wife back in 2008 and wrote about it on Semicolon. Since the book is set to become a movie at the end of March, here are my thoughts on the book at the time I read it. *********** Jan Zabinski was the Polish director of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939 when […]


Timeline of Middle Grade Fiction 2016

Posted by Sherry on 1/7/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General, Historical fiction, History |

1242: The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz. travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: Jeanne, a peasant girl who has visions, William, an oblate who is half-Saracen and half French, and Jacob, a Jewish boy with […]


What’s New in the Library? November 1, 2016

Posted by Sherry on 11/1/2016 in 2016, Biography/Memoir, General, History |

These are just a few of the books that I’ve recently added to my private subscription library for homeschoolers and others in southeast Houston, Meriadoc Homeschool Library: Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams by Avi. With lovely illustrations by James Watling, this I Can Read Chapter Book tells the story of the hero of […]


How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman

Posted by Sherry on 5/25/2016 in General, History, Nonfiction, Scotland |

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It by Arthur Herman. What a fascinating piece of narrative nonfiction history! I learned so many things that I didn’t know before: The Treaty of Union between England and Scotland (1706-1707), according to […]


Historical Fiction and Nonfiction: Seventeenth Century Europe

Posted by Sherry on 10/29/2015 in Adult Fiction, Booklists, General, Historical fiction, History, Nonfiction |

Last week I reviewed several books set during World War War II. This week my book travels have taken me to seventeenth century Europe. I haven’t read every single one of the following books, but I can generally recommend either the book or the author. What have you read that is set in seventeenth century […]


Puritan Adventure by Lois Lenski

Posted by Sherry on 9/7/2015 in Children's Fiction, General, History |

Lois Lenski was a prolific children’s writer who wrote “a collection of regional novels about children across the United States” and a number of historical novels about children of different periods of American history. In Puritan Adventure, Aunt Charity comes to a fictional colony in New England to live with her sister’s family, and she […]


1776 by David McCullough

Posted by Sherry on 8/19/2015 in General, History, Nonfiction, US History Project |

I feel as if I learned a lot about the first year of the American War for Independence while reading this book, and I did enjoy it. However, all I can really remember right now is a few broad impressions. The war went really, really badly for the Americans right up until the crossing of […]


The Collapse by Mary Elise Sarotte

Posted by Sherry on 6/14/2015 in 1989, Germany, History, Nonfiction |

The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall by Mary Elise Sarotte. World Magazine just published its annual issue on books, and one of the books chosen as a runner-up for book of the year in the history/biography category was The Collapse. Coincidentally, I had already heard of the book and requested it from […]


A Train in Winter by Carolyn Moorehead

A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Carolyn Moorehead. This book tells the harrowing story of 230 French resistance fighters, women, who were sent first to Auschwitz in 1943 and then to to Ravensbruck in 1944. By April 1945 after twenty-nine months of torture, imprisonment, and […]


Christmas in London, 1661

Posted by Sherry on 12/4/2014 in Biography/Memoir, Celebrations, Christmas, General, History |

Christmas Day, 1661. In the morning to church; where at the door of our pew I was fain to stay, because that the sexton had not opened the door. A good sermon of Mr. Mills. Dined at home all alone, And taking occasion, from some fault in the meat, to complain of my maid’s Sluttery, […]

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