Tracy's Picks

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416590316
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

This is the fantastic bio of a man who lived an extraordinary life. Having read other biographies as well as his autobiography, this will be the quintessential book about Frederick Dougls and his world. It just won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy!

Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812994766
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Published: Random House - March 5th, 2019

Fourcade lead one of the largest spy networks in France during WWII. Forgotten in time, this book returns her to her rightful place in history. It is very exciting, well written, and very enlightening. A historic thriller that takes you on an amazing journey through some of the terros on the second World War.

Once Upon a River: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743298070
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - December 4th, 2018

On a dark winter's night, a man stumbles into an inn. His head is severly injured and the child he carries is dead... or is she? Over the course of a year, the book follows the poeple these two meet at the inn. Like the river Thames, we wander through the landscape trying to determine who the child- who was dead but came to life- is. Wonderful! 

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393343403
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

This is a "wonderous book." A must read! Greenblatt is an eloquent, descriptive writer who takes you into a world of enlightenment, science, and the emergence of secularism that would change the world. I've read it twice already and look to have another go at it. This book is a keeper! 

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393355437
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 10th, 2018

Very interesteing look at Paris during the reign of Louis VIX. Paris is rich with crime & death by poison is rampant. This is the story of teh firsy police chief who brought order to the city. It is not as dry as it might seem. Instead it reads like a good piece of historical fiction. 

Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525432593
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Published: Vintage - February 19th, 2019

By the aurhor of Einstein's Dreams, this is an inspiring, lyrical meditation on relifion & science. Lightman, a physicist, explores Einstein's theory of relativity and St. Augustine's concept of absolute truth. He gives us a profound inquiry into the human desire for truth and meaning. Lightman is always a joy. 

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316357906
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 8th, 2018

So you've been all those historic films with women in crinoline, satin, & lace. Now see what Victorian women really did to achieve those looks. Wonderful, funny& surprising. Really fun read. 

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307408853
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Published: Broadway Books - May 2012

Fascinating book on Germany as it geared up for war in the late 1930s as seen through the eyes of the American Ambassador & his daughter. Very enlightening and scary. 

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

Towles follows his wonderful novel, Rules of Civility, with this lovely story of a man sentenced to a life imprisoned in the Hotel Metropol in Moscow. If he leaves the hotel he will be executed… so the story centers on “The Count” and the people who work at or visit the Metropol over decades. This is a charming story of life, change, & wonder.