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The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost by Peter Manseau - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781328557063
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Published: Mariner Books - October 9th, 2018

Deceased children, spouses, Civil War soldiers: bodies decayed, but what of their spirits? Can the mysterious new science of photography capture them? Spirit Photographer William Mumler says, "Yes." Pay his fee. Pose. The camera clicks. The photo is developed. See yourself. And are you joined by a ghost? ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781328876645
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 7th, 2018

The iconic Amelia Earhart joined a cadre of women determined to challenge men in wildly popular, but often deadly, airplane races in the Great Depression. Speed and spectacle fueled airborne ambitions where pilots, female and male, risked death for the rush to triumphantly soar. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror by W. Scott Poole - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781640090934
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 16th, 2018

Seeking the roots of society's fascination and obsession with horror, Poole lands on World War I. The unimaginable carnage and obliteration of life wrought by that war, according to Poole, impacted artists in their creation of horror novels and films, and, more dangerously, infected cultures, breeding Nazism, totalitarianism, and fascism. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization by Mary Beard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781631494406
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 4th, 2018

Mary Beard does it again! This is a brilliant and exceptionally quick read. The first half covers early representations of the human body, and, in typical Beard fashion, interrogates not only what is depicted and how, but what that tells us about the culture viewing it—and how we are still the inheritors of those ideologies of visual representation. It’s an updated, combining of Kenneth Clark’s landmark Civilisation and John Berger’s revolutionary Ways of Seeing. The second half treats representations of the religious, spiritual, and the divine. And she takes a truly world-wide, multicultural view. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


American Dialogue: The Founders and Us by Joseph J. Ellis - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385353427
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Published: Knopf - October 16th, 2018

Our hallowed founders, including Washington and Jefferson, wore no halos. They struggled mightily with huge problems, including inequality, racism, and militarism, and beset by contradictions and inconsistencies, frequently failed to find solutions. Ellis molds their noble efforts into a contemporary dialogue to aid our endless quest to form a more perfect union. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781492650959
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

They glowed. They were fun-loving, frolicsome, illuminated in an aura of seemingly endless youth. Then, what made them glow painfully shriveled, wasted, and devoured their bodies. Bravely, they joined to create their own penetrating light that ultimately outshone, and enfeebled, the deadly glow. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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