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05/16/2018 - 11:24am
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Harry PotterAtlas ShruggedThe Book ThiefBeloved - Charlotte's Web - A Game of ThronesGone Girl. Different as they are, these books and 93 more have something in common. They made The Great American Read’s list of 100 favorite novels.

08/03/2016 - 9:43am
Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War

Pamela J. Toler’s Heroines of Mercy Street is the true history behind the popular PBS series set in occupied Alexandria, Virginia, during the Civil War. Caveat here: I did read the book before watching a single episode. I found Toler’s narrative to be engaging and an excellent window to the time. With wildly varying levels of training (many, such as Louisa May Alcott, had only nursed family patients while another trained with celebrated British nurse Florence Nightingale), they all had a sense of duty and enthusiasm for the job that did not wane as the war ground on—though it did exhaust them and occasionally kill them.

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