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Summary of Lilac Girls: by Martha Hall Kelly | Includes Analysis

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Summary of Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly | Includes Analysis

 

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Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly’s debut, is a World War II-era novel based on real people and events. The novel tells the intertwined...


The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink

by Pamela Katz

Among the most creative and outsized personalities of the Weimar Republic, that sizzling yet decadent epoch between the Great War and the Nazis' rise to power, were the renegade poet Bertolt Brecht and the rebellious...


Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India

by Joseph Lelyveld

A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass...


My Rocky Road and Beyond

by Mary Muriel Hall

Mary Muriel Hall (nee Burns) was raised in a humble four-room house in Ennis, Ireland, In the 1940s. In this touching memoir, she vividly recalls her harrowing-yet often humorous-childhood. Muriel became familiar...


The Diary of Malcolm X: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1964

by Herb Boyd & Ilyasah Al-Shabazz

In 1964, Malcolm X made two trips to Africa and theMiddle East. During those trips, he kept copious notes. This remarkable document, The Diary of Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1964, is comprised of those...


The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War

by Alexander Waugh

The House of Wittgenstein is the grand saga of a brilliant and tragic Viennese family whose members included a famous philosopher and the world's greatest one-handed classical pianist.

The Wittgenstein family...


The Compassionate Englishwoman: Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War

by Robert Eales

In London in 1900, the upper class Emily Hobhouse heard that women and children caught in the Boer War were having a difficult time. Concerned, she went to South Africa to investigate and assist. She threaded...


Nicholas and Alexandra: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

by Robert K. Massie

The story of the love that ended an empire

In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the...


The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe

by John Rabe

The Good Man of Nanking is a crucial document for understanding one of World War II's most horrific incidents of genocide, one which the Japanese have steadfastly refused to acknowledge.  It is also the moving...


The Unhappy Medium: Spiritualism and the Life of Margaret Fox

by Earl Wesley Fornell & Lowell Collins

"Here, Mr. Split-Foot, do as I do!" exclaimed the child, and the spirits obeyed her command. Thus, in 1848, thirteen-year-old Margaret Fox inaugurated the age of spiritualism. Those early spirit manifestations...


Barnaby Rich: A Short Biography

by Thomas Mabry Cranfill & Dorothy Hart Bruce

Soldier, sea captain, freebooter, courtier, writer, reformer, and informer, Barnaby Rich was a man of his time. In the service of Queen Elizabeth, Rich took part in numerous campaigns fraught with hardship and...


REAGAN: What Was He Really Like?

by Curtis Patrick

Intimate stories by real hard-working, unpretentious, selfless people, all thrown into a milieu; a simmering stewpot of diverse young men & women, all working for a common goal-to help Ronald Reagan succeed,...


Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911

by Malvina Shanklin Harlan, Linda Przybyszewski & Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Like Abigail Adams, Malvina Shanklin Harlan witnessed—and gently influenced—national history from the unique perspective of a political leader’s wife. Her husband, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan...


The Corsican: The Virtual Diary of Napoleon Bonaparte

by R.M. Johnston

Napoleon's Diary? Napoleon didn't keep a diary-that's what makes this book so interesting We know that Napoleon Bonaparte did not keep a diary. But what if he had? What would it look like? American historian,...


The Code of Love: An Astonishing True Tale of Secrets, Love, and War

by Andro Linklater

For fifty years, Pamela Kirrage longed to unlock the secrets of her husband’s encrypted war diary. She was on the verge of giving up when she at last found a mathematician who became as obsessed with learning...


Lilla's Feast: One Woman's True Story of Love and War in the Orient

by Frances Osborne

At the end of her life, Frances Osborne’s one-hundred-year-old great-grandmother Lilla was as elegant as ever–all fitted black lace and sparkling-white diamonds. To her great-grandchildren, Lilla was both...


CORNERSTONES Portraits of Four Eminent Victorians

by Lytton Strachey

"The history of the Victorian Age will never be written; we know too much about it." So wrote Lytton Strachey in 1922; but he added, "Human beings are too important to be treated as mere symptoms of the past."...


Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson

by Jan Jarboe Russell

A revealing biography of Lady Bird Johnson with startling new insights into her marriage to Lyndon Baines Johnson and her unexpectedly strong impact on his presidency.

Long obscured by her husband's shadow,...


This Has Happened

by Piera Sonnino, Ann Goldstein, David Denby & Mary Doria Russell

Five years after her return home from Auschwitz, Piera Sonnino found the courage to tell the story of the extermination of her parents, three brothers, and two sisters by the Nazis. Discovered in 2005 in Italy...


MORGAN'S WAR: Volume 2 - Recollections of a Rebel Reefer

by James Morgan

MORGAN'S WAR The Civil War as seen through the diaries of a brother and sister-one who had to fight it, and one who had to stay home and live it. Volume 1 - Sarah Fowler Morgan: A Confederate Girl's Diary Volume...