In the summer of 1945, President Truman was tired of war. The European war had ended in May, but the Japanese were still holding on in the Pacific. The Japanese had been losing the war, but did not want to accept the American conditions for surrender. The result was that Japan was starving, but still fighting. The decision to use the atomic bomb on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9 was one filled with contention, and left the world irrevocably changed.
Although the Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) only wrote a few novels in between them, their names remain well-known in English literature. Over time, many myths and gossip grew to surround the family, which persisted over the years. In 1994, Juliet Barker, who had worked as curator in in the Bronte Parsonage Museum, published a definitive biography of this famous literary family.
This is such a beautifully written and fascinating story I found myself so quickly caught up in a world that was previously not well known to me that it was hard for me to tell where biographical/historical fact ended and novelistic imagination began. The fact that the story of Haruko's marriage into the semi-divine confines of Japan's royal family is based on a true story only makes this
Merle's Door was Ted Kerasote's very popular book about his "freethinking dog." It has been considered one of the best dog books ever written by people who have written some of the best dog books ever.
I never thought I'd bring a book on pillowcases to anyone's attention, but when I ran across this book I was intrigued. Some of our participants have been discussing handworked household linens that have come down in their families, or that they have purchased anywhere from yard sales to tony antique shops. The beautiful work begs to be seen and it is frequently relegated to a drawer, only taken out for an occasional ai