Days of Sunshine Days of Shadow by Krista L. Traer

It was enjoyable to read highlights of notable events in the lives of Laura, and both her immediate and extended family. I was unaware of many things that were listed in the earlier portions of the book, so it was a treat to discover those facts. It was fun to read about events I did remember, and it made me want to reread the Little House books all over again.

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Ellis Island: A People’s History by Małgorzata Szejnert, Sean Gasper Bye (Translator)

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Despite my love of history, I never got around to doing any serious reading about Ellis Island. My knowledge consisted mainly of what I was taught in school (most of which I’ve long since forgotten) and random information gleaned from things I read over the years that briefly mentioned its history and purpose, but only in relation to the topic I was reading about at the time. When I discovered this book on Edelweiss, I felt excited to (finally) read a book focusing on Ellis Island, its employees, and the emigrants who arrived there full of hopes and dreams of a new life in the United States.

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Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century by Mallory James

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How were ladies and gentlemen meant to behave in nineteenth century England? What role did etiquette play regarding correspondence, dinner parties, and proper behavior while they were out and about? What were the particular guidelines reserved for ladies or gentlemen? All these topics and more are covered in Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century.

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Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen

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Audrey Hepburn is best remembered for her starring roles in films—such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, and My Fair Lady—and for her work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. But what is known about her life during the years of World War 2? In Dutch Girl, Robert Matzen reveals the terrors and triumphs young Audrey experienced during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

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Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII’s Sister by Melanie Clegg

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Little is widely known about Margaret Tudor, unless it was directly tied to her brother, Henry VIII. However, this biography proves that Margaret’s life was every bit as fascinating and dramatic as the life of her younger brother.

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