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Jun 15, 2011

This non-fiction book surveys four of our Founding Fathers; Adams, Washington, Jefferson and Madison, and highlights their interest in gardening.  At the time they were planting the seeds of liberty, they were also planting and cultivating their own gardens, estates and farms.  This well-researched book illustrates how the past-time hobby of the founding fathers shaped their political ideas and leadership.   

The book provides a different and new perspective on historical characters and leading statements, and a look at their lives as gardeners and nature lovers. George Washington, while

Red, White & Royal Blue

By Casey McQuiston
5
Rated by Stefanie E.
Feb 21, 2020

In the acknowledgements at the end of her book, Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston writes, "What I hope to do, and what I hope I have done with this book by the time you've finished it, my dear reader, is to be a spark of joy and hope you needed." This is indeed exactly what reading this book did for me. 


Sparks and icing fly when the first son of the United States and a Prince of Wales cause an international incident by pushing each other into a very important wedding cake. In the delightful story that follows, the quirky friendships formed are as important as the romantic

Jun 8, 2011

This non-fiction historical novel follows the story of four sisters, Marianne, Bess, Louis and Emily, the descendants of a prominent family of early Maryland settlers.  The daughters exceeded their mother’s expectations to “marry plantation” and actually became members of Queen Victoria’s court.  They were granddaughters of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

The sisters started a trend of so-called “Dollar Princesses“ for marrying poor English royalty and exchanging American wealth for British aristocratic titles.  They were one of the first

Jun 8, 2011

When the recent British royal wedding occupied the air waves, everybody seemed interested in “everything British” once again.  There was a great deal of excitement over how a Prince fell in love with and married a Commoner, and America once again became fascinated with English royalty.

I recently came across a book that describes the earliest days of the American preoccupation with social ambition, royal rank, and the love of aristocratic titles.  This book could be considered a multiple biography in that it tells the story of three Jerome sisters, nicknamed Good, Witty and Beautiful. Their

Apr 15, 2011

With the Royal wedding just days away, there is still time to learn more about William and Kate. Christopher Andersen’s book, William and Kate: A Royal Love Story, tells not only the story of their friendship and love, but also provides in depth background information about their lives, families and friends. The book is highly readable, enjoyable and well researched. It is accompanied by a nice collection of photographs, sources and chapter notes, and extensive bibliography. It is visible that Christopher Andersen is an experienced journalist and author.  

The book is written in a respectful