Not Awestruck Until the End of Thunderstruck

Thunderstruck (2006) by Erik Larson started slowly. It took me a few months to read it, because I kept losing interesting during the first half of the book. It is about the collision of two events in the early 1900s. One is the invention of the wireless, which Marconi invented and perfected. His ability to... Continue Reading →

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Begin Again: Do You Leap Out of Bed in the Morning?

I've got a lot of great posts from the early days of my blog, when nobody was following me.  I thought it would be fun to revisit some of my favorites from those days. So today's post is a repost.  It originally appeared the first day I started my blog, January 4, 2012. ....... I... Continue Reading →

Witch Hunt

Original documents and manuscripts fascinate me, and much of my research as a Ph.D. student over the last few years has focused on historical sources and archival materials. That is why when I heard on NPR about Katherine Howe’s The Penguin Book of Witches (2014), a compilation of original sources about witches dating from 1582... Continue Reading →

Examining the Rhetoric of Pregnancy

While researching for my dissertation proposal, I came across an academic study called The Rhetoric of Pregnancy (2014) by Marika Seigel. I read it eagerly, for information about women’s experiences with pregnancy and work and as a representative sample of a dissertation turned book.  From what I gathered, this project was Seigel’s dissertation in my... Continue Reading →

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