Category Archives: nonfiction

Everybody Had An Ocean by William McKeen

With Everybody Had An Ocean, we get all the good and none of the bad that can plague the nonfiction historical genre: the writing is clean, precise, and friendly, the book stays on topic and rarely veers off on tangents, … Continue reading

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Daughter of Heaven by Nigel Cawthorne

Wow is this book a mess and incredibly difficult to plod through. Reading like a tabloid version of a historical biography, it’s all sex, more sex, some random facts, a LOT of tangents, more sex, and then some cannibalism and … Continue reading

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Tiny and Full by Jorge Cruise

Here’s the thing: with Tiny and Full, Jorge Cruise really hones in on a target audience and takes them by the throat: shallow youngish females fascinated with the Kardashians and celebrities and obsessed with supermodel ideas of fit. The hook … Continue reading

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Edwardian Ladies Hat Fashion by Peter Kimpton

To understand the book, it’s best to read the introduction first, where the author says he originally wanted to showcase his postcard collection but ended up realizing there was a larger picture. And really, the title says it all – … Continue reading

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WPA Buildings by Joseph Maresca

The author’s love of the subject is clearly evident; the architecture is well researched, nicely presented, thoroughly documented, and thoughtfully discussed. The text is nicely written to be personable yet informative with great analyses on one of the great building … Continue reading

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Will Bradley’s Graphic Art

Originally published in 1975, Dover’s color reprint sees Bradley’s beautiful designs collected into one book of approximately 150 pages. Many of the illustrations are given a full page treatment, allowing the designs to be appreciated in a larger size. As … Continue reading

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Erte’s Theatrical Costumes in Full Color

This book is a beautiful, color presentation of Erte’s theatre costume designs. Each costume is given a full page treatment with a title at the bottom. There’s a 3 paragraph small introduction and that’s it for the text – so … Continue reading

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