History

Staff Pick: The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio by Hubert Wolf

by Lynn

Seemingly the stuff of fiction, this is an all too true tale of illicit sex, poisonings, and the Inquisition. Wolf beautifully recounts the spiritual crisis of a woman in a time of social and political upheaval.

--

From the publisher:

Read More

Staff Pick: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

by David M.

Angela Davis tells it like it is! She explores the ideologies of security, oppression, and freedom. This is a must read for any aspiring activist!

--

From the publisher: 

Read More

Staff Pick: Rats by Robert Sullivan

by Kayla

Robert Sullivan spent a year sitting in a New York alley observing rats every night so that you don't have to. The resulting book weaves a forgotten history of the city together with plenty of gross-out rat facts to impress your friends. A great way to get to know your neighbors!

--

From the publisher:

Read More

Veteran's Day Roundup

by Scott

I have perceived much beauty
In the hoarse oaths that kept our courage straight;

Heard music in the silentness of duty;
Found peace where shell-storms spouted reddest spate.

Read More

Staff Pick: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee

by David

Perhaps the finest prose of the 20th century.

Sample pages 41-42.

--

From the publisher: 

Read More

Staff Pick: Custer Died for Your Sins by Vine Deloria

by Scott

Please read this eye-opening history. It’s an underappreciated classic work; and one you should pass along to Dan Snyder when you’re done.

--

From the publisher:

Read More

Staff Pick: A Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky

by Jake

In this engrossing read, Kurlansky (author of Cod, Salt, and other similarly focused books) applies his gift for anecdotal storytelling to the history, food, and culture of this fascinating and ancient region.

--

From the publisher:

Read More

Staff Pick: The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders

by Lynn

An entertaining survey of high profile murder cases in Victorian Britain, Judith Flanders takes the reader on a journey from murder as crime to murder as art. In her course, Flanders proves Thomas de Quincey right when he said, “the world in general... are very bloody-minded; and all they want in a murder is a copious effusion of blood.”

Read More

Staff Pick: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle

by Maggie

On a two month assignment in Pyongyang Delisle adjusts to curfews, the choice between Restaurant #1 or Restaurant #2 for dinner, and music that "sounds like a barney remix of 'god save the queen.'" With artistry and wit he shares a critical and compassionate glimpse into the world's most isolated country.

Read More

Staff Pick: Encounters at the Heart of the World by Eliabeth Fenn

by Lynn

This 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner is the thoughtful journey of one historian as she travels the varied paths of archaeology, ecology, and the many fragments of the past to rediscover a fascinating people who cut as deeply into the American landscape as the broad Missouri River itself.

--

From the publisher:

Read More