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How Do You Spell “Great Lady”? Start With “ER”

Ken Burns’ new documentary series The Roosevelts reintroduces us to three members of a remarkable political family: Theodore, Franklin – and Eleanor, who arguably reshaped the role of First Lady to one of personal activism and keen involvement in the world … Continue reading

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What’s In a Name, 50 Years Later…

I was raised in New York City by admittedly sheltering parents. In March 1964, I became aware that something very bad had happened to a woman, though I wouldn’t know details for a while. Her death seemed particularly important to … Continue reading

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Book Review: I am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer

I am Abraham Lincoln is the second book in Brad Meltzer’s new children’s series, Ordinary People Change the World.  The first book is I am Amelia Earhart.  These books were published in January 2014. Readers may recognize Meltzer from his suspense … Continue reading

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Book Review: Joe DiMaggio, The Long Vigil by Jerome Charyn

Biographies of Joe DiMaggio generally attempt to denigrate DiMaggio personally and to bring him down a few notches in the minds of readers and fans.  In Jerome Charyn’s treatment, we find instead the crafting of an almost irreproachable legend – … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Duck Commander Family: how faith, family, and ducks created a dynasty by Willie and Korie Robertson

If you’ve heard of Duck Dynasty and you’re wondering what all the craze is about, you might check out the book, The Duck Commander Family: how faith, family, and ducks created a dynasty written by the CEO of Duck Commander, … Continue reading

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