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The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Katherine Streeter, Sarah Vowell
The Age of Edison
Ernest Freeberg
Tales of the Alhambra
Washington Irving
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey
Alison Gernsheim
The Collected Plays of Theodore Dreiser
Frederic E. Rusch, Keith Newlin
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships
Peter Hurd, N.C. Wyeth
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: A Discussion, Vol 1
Haruo Suda Katsuji Saito, Takanori Endo, Daisaku Ikeda
Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights
Jon Winokur
Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland
The Cartographer of No Man's Land - P.S. Duffy

This is a period of history that really interests me. Unfortunately, though this book touched on many important points of the time period, the way some of the topics were covered seemed scholastic instead of intrinsic.


The parallel storylines, though interesting and brought together smoothly at the end, were jarring when going back and forth. Instead of being drawn into the story and reading the book in one or two sittings, almost every time it switched a storyline I put it down. It took me an unusual eight days to read what should have taken two or three, at the most.


If World War I interests you (or Canada, I've been reading a LOT about Canada recently, what's up with that?). This book isn't bad. It's not great. Oh, and sailing. A lot about sailing.