Category Archives: Historical Non-Fiction

Review: The Remedy by Thomas Goetz

Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Gotham (April 3, 2014) ISBN-10: 159240751X Source: Publisher In the late 19th century, tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in Europe in the United States. Not only did doctors not know how to treat it, they didn’t even know how it originated. When Robert Koch, a young German doctor,  surmises that it is […]

Review: Blood Work-A Tale of Medicine & Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker

Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (March 21, 2011) ISBN-10: 0393070557 Source: Publisher In 1667 Jean Denis, a physician, transfused animal blood into the body of Antoine Mauroy, a mentally ill man.  Not once, but several times.  Days later Mauroy died & Denis was accused of murder.  At this time, a battle raged […]

Guest Review: Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Taking a little break from Fright Fest, I’m particularly excited to welcome a special guest reviewer to my blog today: my husband, John! John has reviewed here before and although it’s been a while, it’s been worth the wait!  So please welcome John! Hardcover: 904 pages Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The; 1St Edition edition (October […]

Review: A Gift from Brittany by Marjorie Price

    Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: Gotham; Reprint edition (March 3, 2009) ISBN-10: 1592404340 Source: Author Marjorie (Midge) Price always dreamed of painting in Paris.  In 1960 she did something that no twenty-eight year old woman should do: she bought a transatlantic ticket to Paris, alone.  Her family was up in arms, no respectful young […]