National Geographic’s ‘Almanac 2021’ Invites Conversation and Critical Thinking [REVIEW]

Birds-eye view of a man standing on Grand Canyon. (Photo courtesy Noelle Otto, Pexels/Canva)

Do you sometimes wish you had a way to determine what the coming year will bring? Now you don’t need one! National Geographic’s editors keep their fingers on the pulse of our world and beyond to cull together loads of thoughtful, fascinating insights each year and they assemble it all in one volume for our perusal, Almanac 2021.

Read more of this post

The Horrors of the Holocaust Come Alive in Malka Adler’s ‘The Brothers of Auschwitz’ [REVIEW]

Young survivors at the camp, liberated by the Red Army in January 1945
Young survivors at the camp, liberated by the Red Army in January 1945. (By Alexander Voronzow and others in his group, ordered by Mikhael Oschurkow, head of the photography unit – USHMM/Belarusian State Archive of Documentary Film and Photography, Public Domain)

A young family torn apart by hate. Death and tragedy await at every turn. Yet somehow, despite despair, loss, and overwhelming grief, seeds of hope survive. Based on a true story, meet The Brothers of Auschwitz. Their dramatic, unforgettable tale will change you forever.

Read more of this post

Susan Mallery’s ‘The Friendship List’ [EXCERPT]

Beach umbrella
Checking off a fun to-do list with your BFF should be fun, shouldn’t it? (Photo courtesy Canva)

We’ve all heard of a bucket list. You may even have started one of your own. But have you ever created a to-do list for you and a buddy? It’s what the two best gal pals do in Susan Mallery’s hilariously heartfelt new novel, The Friendship List. So for all of you dynamic duos out there, the BFFs who would move heaven and earth for one another, this one’s for you. We hope you have fun reading this exclusive excerpt from the book. Enjoy! —J&H

Read more of this post

‘Simon the Fiddler’ Captures the Transcendent Power of Music [REVIEW]

Fiddle

In post-Civil War Texas, a fiddler with a dream sets out to build a life filled with love and music. (Photo courtesy Canva)

He was always wily and had a knack for evading the conscription officers. Then came the fateful night he finally got caught. Can his passion for song get him through the Civil War? And will his dreams survive intact? Find out in Paulette Jiles’s immersive new historical saga, Simon the Fiddler. Read more of this post

Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History [Guest Post]

Assorted women

What type of woman do you think makes the most impact? (Photo courtesy Canva)

There is a large debate about the origins of the quote “well-behaved women seldom make history” and more specifically who said it first. Was it Anne Boleyn? Marilyn Monroe? Eleanor Roosevelt? Or Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in a 1976 academic paper? Whoever the history books select, the truth of the statement cannot be denied. Read more of this post