REVIEW: THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE by Thomas Harding

Do not be taken in by tranquil thoughts of a summer house by the lake. Though many hours of pleasure were spent in the cabin, it has seen far more distress and tragedy. Harding recounts the story of five families who lived in the house, including his own ancestors who built it. The house serves as…

Books for June

It’s June. Time to find a quiet beach and something to read. After a great college class about the history of religious movements in America, I’ve always been fascinated with the activity that grew out of the so-called “Burned-Over District.” And as a frequent volunteer at a Shaker Village I know there is a great deal to…

REVIEW: DE POTTER’S GRAND TOUR by Joanna Scott

The sun had not yet set on the Gilded Age when Armand De Potter disappeared. In 1905, Europe was still, officially, at peace and the best families still considered a grand tour part of every civilised life. De Potter set up a thriving tour company. Relying on his amateur historical knowledge to provide unique itineraries,…

Books for August

  Summer, do your worst! / Light your tinsel moon, and call on / Your performing stars to fall on / Headlong through your paper sky; — August by Dorothy Parker THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS by Sy Montgomery   From the publisher: In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy…

BOOKS for April

  Spring is coming slowly this year. It is creeping back from the brink of a brutal, snowy winter. But it is coming. And with it are several interesting titles to read as you sit defiantly on your porch, no matter how chilly it still is.   WILDERNESS OF RUIN by Roseanne Montillo   A…

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