Cover: Enchantress of Numbers

Review: Enchantress of Numbers

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini Dutton Books, 2017.  Hardcover, 448 pages. Ada Lovelace was born Ada Byron, daughter of Annabella Milbanke and George Gordon, Lord Byron.  While her more famous parent was a celebrated poet, Lovelace took after her scientifically-inclined mother and is now known as the world’s first computer programmer. Told in the…

Cover: Munich

Review: Munich

Munich by Robert Harris Knopf, 2018. Hardcover, 304 pages. Munich is a novel covering a tense five-day period in 1938.  Hitler is wanting to forcefully annex the Sudetenland, a Czechoslovakian province populated by Germans.  The story is told from the perspective of two government officials, one on each side.  Hugh Legat is a rising star…

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Review: Prairie Fires

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser Metropolitan Books, 2017. Hardcover, 640 pages. Laura Ingalls Wilder has been popularized through her autobiographical novels, a television show, and a miniseries.  In the last few years, the publication of her posthumous annotated memoir and other books that came about due to that…

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Trouble Locating Discussion Questions for Book Club? Now What?

A few weeks ago I wrote about places to locate books for book club discussion and included places to locate discussion questions.  However, what if you cannot locate questions?  What can you do?  Here are a few suggestions: Write questions yourself using these tips I created: Do not write overly academic questions:  Remember that participants…