Review: The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers

I like to support museum gift shops, and this was an easy buy at the Met Cloisters in New York City where I saw one of the unicorn tapestries referenced in this book. (I’ve also seen the unicorn tapestries in Paris at the Musée de Cluny, which was equally a treat.) I did not actuallyContinue reading “Review: The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers”

Review: Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

This is the sort of book that gets put into print and then quickly discounted and delegated to the clearance section of a big name bookstore (which is exactly where I bought it). It’s not a strictly historical text, it’s not a feminist treatise, and it’s not going to tell you anything new about theContinue reading “Review: Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie”

Review: Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains by Jane Yolen & Heidi E. Y. Stemple

I snagged this from the graphic novel section in a used book store in New York City without realizing three things. It’s written for the middle-grade audience. It’s a collection of short essays, not a graphic novel. The few illustrated elements are about the authors doing research, not the subjects of the text. That beingContinue reading “Review: Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains by Jane Yolen & Heidi E. Y. Stemple”

Review: Bizarre Tales From World War II by William B. Breuer

This is an easy-to-read collection of short snippets organized by time period before, during, and after World War II. I’d hesitate to call them bizarre tales, however. Curious coincidences and interesting anecdotes is probably more appropriate. I would not recommend this as a reference book for those writing about WWII. It is, though, probably aContinue reading “Review: Bizarre Tales From World War II by William B. Breuer”

Review: A DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THE BUILDING RECENTLY ERECTED FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF NATURAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL MUSEUM by Richard Rathbun

This is not a typical review, because this is not a typical book. I stumbled across this text while looking for books about the historical design and architecture of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. This was a perfect research resource for what I needed. It was well-written, succinct, and easy toContinue reading “Review: A DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THE BUILDING RECENTLY ERECTED FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF NATURAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL MUSEUM by Richard Rathbun”

In Which I Introduce Myself Further

Now that you’ve had some time to poke around the place, let me give you the official tour of my new home on the Web. Let’s start with the Bio tab. That’s where you’ll find my official head shot, courtesy of Brian Roache Photography, my official short “about the author,” and the incredibly necessary pictureContinue reading “In Which I Introduce Myself Further”