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TracyReadsBooks
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Fascinating look at Chicago before the fire (1871) through the life of a woman whose family played an important role in the city‘s early history. It‘s all the more interesting because instead of focusing on the speculators, industrialists, & merchant kings who drove much of the city‘s growth, you see the roll women played in shaping society & the city. Keating‘s biography of this flawed but interesting woman is excellent.

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wanderinglynn
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My building has a bookcase to share books. Our own little free library. I took a couple down and found these two.

TheBookgeekFrau What a great building you live in! 8h
5feet.of.fury Oooh great finds! I love NPH! 6h
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Anya91
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company

“They‘ll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed. I to am America.”

-Langston Hughes

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akaGingerK
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Dunbar discovered an advert in the archives from Pres. George Washington, offering a reward for the return of a fugitive enslaved woman - a woman whose testimony would decades later be taken down in two abolitionist newspapers. Between research on Ona and the experiences of other enslaved people, Dunbar rebuilds a biography around a young woman to root for - and again smashes the persistent lie of the good slave owner.

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ravenlee
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A difficult book to review. It‘s part history, philosophy, religious study, sociology, memoir, literary study…it meanders (appropriately so) through how we walk to why we walk to where we walk. It‘s fascinating but slow going (again, appropriately so). It touches on some of Solnit‘s more recent writing but is very different. I would recommend this book, but reservedly. The section near the end, about Las Vegas, is startlingly out of (cont)

ravenlee date already (she discusses its rapid growth up to 1.25 million inhabitants, writing in 2000, yet 20 years later it‘s more than doubled again). I fell down a couple rabbit holes and added several books and essays to my TBR, plus I felt a need to watch travel shows visiting in England‘s Lake District. Solnit mentions Pride and Prejudice, with so much mention of walking, rather grudgingly and errs in some of those mentions. (Cont again) 12h
ravenlee Nothing major, but small errors that grated on me. Also, she could have discussed Persuasion as another walking-centric Austen (Sense and Sensibility also makes an appearance, though more for attitudes toward nature than walking itself). I gather Solnit is not an Austen fan, though she never states it explicitly. If this had been my first taste of Solnit, I don‘t know that I would have sought out more. Luckily I‘m working the other way. 12h
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SamAnne Thanks for the detailed review. Do plan to read! 9h
GingerAntics @ravenlee see, I probably wouldn‘t have noticed the Austen errors as I haven‘t ready any of the Austen she includes (and I‘m not really a fan either - sorry). 7h
ravenlee @GingerAntics I‘m not a big stickler about liking Austen. I, personally, enjoy most of it, but I don‘t care much if anyone else does - unless you‘re a jerk about it. And…she kind of is, in this. At least, it comes off like she‘s talking about something she really wished she didn‘t have to, which makes me wonder why she did at all. Probably felt like she‘s be criticized for leaving it out, but then she was grumpy about having to do it. 6h
GingerAntics @ravenlee I wonder if her editor (or someone else) made her add it or something. 3h
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LisaLovesToRead
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I learned a lot about what our Marines endured during the Korean War from this book.

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Floresj
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This well researched book lays the claim that the Native Americans held their own for centuries as the Europeans tried to colonize North America. It‘s informative and moves from empire to empire and century to century. I found the history of different nations really interesting, but there‘s parts that feel like I was reading about war after war after war. Great for history buffs.

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Bookworm54
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This has been pretty interesting so far. At the minute it is going through some of the events, such as victims, timings, hunts, times that people got away etc. but I am most looking forward to the theories section 😂

I am also looking forward to finding out more about the Serbian vampire and German Werewolf mentioned above!

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TracyReadsBooks
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😂

Quite the test…

mcctrish Well that‘s a given 🤣🤣🤣 1d
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Magpiegem
Butts: A Backstory | Heather Radke
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I was excited to see this book for 99p although I‘m a bit disappointed it means I won‘t have the physical copy on my bookshelf, I love the cover 🍑