Category Archives: American History

Drive: Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Audio Age: Audiobook Review

Here’s the description from Amazon: “From the acclaimed author of Birdmen comes a revelatory new history of the birth of the automobile, an illuminating and entertaining true tale of invention, competition, and the visionaries, hustlers, and swindlers who came together … Continue reading

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Disneyland Cats

Before Disneyland opened to the public, Walt Disney inspected Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and found a kitty napping there. Walt Disney grew up on a farm and knew that where there could be rats, you need cats. Cats took the title … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

While Henry Ford may not have invented the auto, he’s the genius who figured out how to mass-produce and market it. I received a copy of Drive, by Lawrence Goldstone, narrated by Christopher Price, the background story about auto creation … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln and Cats – Presidents & Pets

Public Domain, Link When asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln reportedly said, “cats”. President Lincoln welcomed stray cats to the White House. During the darkest days of the Civil War, the company of his cats helped … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

I like California, history, and wine and I’m looking forward to listening to the Audible edition of Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California by Frances Dinkelspiel. Here is part of the description from … Continue reading

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Review: Chain of Title

Chain of Title by David Dayen presents a never dull story of mortgage fraud and mortgage foreclosure. For a brief time, some would say not brief enough, no income and no assets were required to buy houses. People were pushed … Continue reading

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Best Of Blog: Lipstick at the 1920s New Yorker

This post originally appeared in October 2011. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for five years. With her love for cocktails and wit, Lois Long reviewed speakeasies for The New Yorker. She signed her articles “Lipstick” and defined 1920s Flapper … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

I was happy to receive a copy of Chain of Title from Audible in my mailbox today. Here is the description from Amazon: “In the depths of the Great Recession, a cancer nurse, a car dealership worker, and an insurance … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

I love the idea of reading about the Wizard of Oz from the viewpoint of Dorothy’s dog, Toto. Here’s the description from Amazon: “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum. Many other Oz books … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

I find people who have overcome adversity more interesting than people who have not and this true story about overcoming unexpected adversity sounds like a doozy. Here is the description from Amazon: “Catherine Chagra and her two sisters, Cindy and … Continue reading

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