Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes

Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes by Jennifer McLagan Review ♣♣♣♣ love grapefruit, gin and tonic, unsweetened tea, a lot of things that my friends and family don’t particularly like. I was really excited to see this book and was not disappointed. If your looking to branch out into food…

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Tracing Your Twentieth Century Ancestors

Tracing your Twentieth Century Ancestors by Karen Bali Review ♣♣♣♣ For anyone looking to find their UK relatives in the recent past, this is great start. If you are a beginner this is a perfect book, or if you have a little experience in genealogy, but are an American like myself, there are some helpful…

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Mai-Kai:History &Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant

In 1956, a few brash young men created the Mai-Kai Restaurant and bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by poaching key staff from Don the Beachcomber’s, a Polynesian-themed Chicago restaurant. The Mai-Kai became the playground of celebrities and playboys, and the beautiful women working there used it as a jumping-off point for adventure and fame. Through…

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Cataphracts

  Cataphracts by Erich Anderson Blurb: Cataphracts were the most heavily armored form of cavalry in the ancient world, with riders and mounts both clad in heavy armor. Originating among the wealthiest nobles of various central Asian steppe tribes, such as the Massegatae and Scythians, they were adopted and adapted by several major empires. The…

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An Archaeological Study of The Bayeux Tapestry

An Archaeological Study of The Bayeux Tapestry by Trevor Rowley Blurb: An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry provides a unique reexamination of this famous piece of work through the historical geography and archaeology of the tapestry. Trevor Rowley is the first author to have analyzed the tapestry through the landscapes, buildings and structures shown,…

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The Dragon Seekers: How an Extraodinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin

The Dragon Seekers By Christopher McGowan Blurb: Against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution, an extraordinary circle of fossilists struggled to make sense of a mysterious, prehistoric world–a world they had to piece together from the fossilized and often fragmentary remains of animals never before seen. In this transporting, seamlessly written book, Christopher McGowan takes…

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The Mighty Healer

The Mighty Healer by Verity Holloway Blurb: Verity Holloway’s nineteenth-century cousin Thomas Holloway’s patent medicine empire was so ubiquitous, Charles Dickens commented that if you’d murdered someone with the name Holloway, you’d think their spirit had come back to torment you. Advertising as far away as the pyramids in Giza, it was said Holloway’s Ointment…

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Mad Enchantment: Clause Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Mad Enchantment: Clause Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King Book blurb: Claude Monet is perhaps the world’s most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Seeing them in museums around the world, viewers are transported by the…

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In Bed With Georgians: Sex, Scandal & Satire in the 18th Century

In Bed With Georgians: Sex, Scandal & Satire in the 18th Century by Mike Rendell Blurb: In Bed with the Georgians provides a fascinating insight into life under the bedclothes in Georgian England, where the Madams and pimps were able to thrive in the eighteenth century like never before. It looks at high-class seraglios as…

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