The Last Days of Night

This book is written by Graham Moore.  It is appropriate for Tweens and up.

This is a fiction book that fills in the history behind the history.

People know the name Thomas Edison.  A lot of people know the name Tesla and Westinghouse.  Mr. Moore brings their connections together based on the real life attorney of Paul Cravath.

The year is 1888 and electricity is in its infancy.  Edison and Westinghouse are in a race regarding the light bulb and Tesla can make or break their companies.  Paul Cravath walks the fine line between all three of these brilliant and ambitious men.

It’s a book you will not want to put down.

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Marjorie Hart: Summer at Tiffany

I found this book in a Little Library.  It’s not something I normally would have picked up but it looked interesting.  I’m not a big Tiffany fan yet I do have a pitcher from there that is still in the trademark blue box and I have never used.  It’s tucked safely away for a special occasion.  The person who gave it to me said: “Everyone should have a gift from Tiffany”.

Marjorie tells about being in New York City in the summer of 1945 and about being young.  From what I can find she is still alive and in her 90s.  Marjorie and her friend Marty go to New York City through connections (yes, you should always have connections first) and work at Tiffany as floor girls.

This was a nice book to settle down with at night.

All the Single Ladies (The Extra Woman)

Before picking up this book, I had never heard the name Marjorie Willis and after reading the book, I understood why.  Ms. Hillis is one of those “hidden” historical people that unless you study a particular area and era inside and out, you will never hear of.

I’ve read plenty about the Roaring 20s and the pre-World War II era.  Plenty.  This era of American history fascinates me and in some ways our society today is a lot like it as much as things have changed.  For example, Prohibition is still here except now it is with items such as marijuana and not alcohol.  The effects are similar and at the same time but farther reaching.  This is for another time.  Another example is Wall Street and society was shaken to it’s core again in 2008.  Yet sometimes the question bed, did we really learn?  How much of what we have is still only on paper?

Marjorie Hillis wrote several books, her best known at that time being Live Alone and Like It. Ms. Hillis wrote for the single woman of the 1920’s and managed to sell products, known today as cross-promotion, for major retailers at the same time.  Ms. Hillis managed to ride out the Great Depression and continued writing for many years, even after she married at an older age for the first time.  The author, Joanna Scutts, paraphrases the book and goes into the historical context surrounding Ms. Hillis and her works.

10/10 for helping your mind to bloom.  A must for feminists, Women’s Studies, Jazz Age enthusiasts, and history buffs.

Review: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

If you, dear reader, are a fan of American history, particularly New York City during the Revolutionary War, this is a book for you.

If you like the Broadway show Hamilton, this is a book for you to read.  Chains is on the other side of Alexander Hamilton. Chains gives an eye-opening look to what was going on outside of the major names and players of the American Revolution.  Chains shows a piece of the underbelly of American history.

The story of Isabel Gardener will break your heart and leave you wanting more at the same time.  Isabel is 13, a slave, caretaker of her younger sister, Ruth, and not one to sit back. Her story is page turning, heart stopping, and will take your breath away.

10 out of 10 for making your mind bloom.