Book Review: The Puzzlemaker by Brian Christopher

  George Withers is happy with his reclusive life, comfortable living alone in his boyhood home with his collection of intricate puzzle boxes. On weekdays he shuts himself inside his tiny office at the Times where he creates the cryptic crosswords that are the bane of puzzle solvers throughout London. It’s a job he’s been … Continue reading Book Review: The Puzzlemaker by Brian Christopher

Book Review: “Side by Side” and “Becoming Bonnie” by Jenni L.Walsh

Bonnie and Clyde: the gangster and his moll. The nearly two-year crime spree that captured the country’s attention. The bitter end in a hail of gunfire. We’ve all heard the story, watched the movies, maybe even fantasized a glamorous life on the run. But really—who was Bonnie Parker? In Side by Side and Becoming Bonnie, … Continue reading Book Review: “Side by Side” and “Becoming Bonnie” by Jenni L.Walsh

Book Review: “A Light of Her Own” by Carrie Callaghan

Judith Leyster. Do you recognize the name? What if I added a list of her contemporaries?  Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer. “Aha!” you might say. “She’s an artist.” And indeed she was. A very gifted seventeenth century Dutch artist, and one whose works were not recognized as her own until the late nineteenth century. She was the … Continue reading Book Review: “A Light of Her Own” by Carrie Callaghan

Book Review: Death, Disease, and Life at War by Christopher E. Loperfido

I spent much of my early life hearing stories about "Uncle Jim," aka James D. Benton, my great-great-grandfather's brother. My father, a huge Civil War buff, visited local school groups and historical societies, dressed in Uncle Jim's uniform and sharing his stories of battle conditions. His (unrealized) dream was to publish a book about the … Continue reading Book Review: Death, Disease, and Life at War by Christopher E. Loperfido