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Reading by the Fireplace

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Celebrating Family History, An Anthology of Prize-winning Stories sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society, Beth Maltbie Uyehara

1 Celebrating Family History, An Anthology of Prize-winning Stories sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society
Beth Maltbie Uyehara
(2005), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 284 pp, Heritage Books
Family history preserves the everyday details of personalities and family interactions. What did it feel like to be Grandma? What did the world look like through her eyes? This anthology demonstrates the variety of ways in which family history can be recorded and preserved. If you have a family story to tell, this book will inspire you to take the plunge and start writing. The stories in this anthology were taken from the first five years of the Southern California Genealogical Society's Family History Writing Contest. In those years, hundreds of stories were submitted from all across the U.S., Canada, and seven other countries. These human-interest stories were so interesting that they deserved a wider audience. This book is the result. Character sketches, stories of local color, tales of emigrants and pioneers, memoirs, humor, and much more fill these pages. This book is a pleasure to read, so get comfy, relax, and enjoy these remarkable, often touching, sometimes amazing, real-life, family-history stories.
Price: 25.00 USD

The Greatest Killer: Smallpox in History, with a new introduction, Donald R. Hopkins

2 The Greatest Killer: Smallpox in History, with a new introduction
Donald R. Hopkins
398 pages, 6 x 9, 36 halftones, 15 line drawings, paperback, University of Chicago Press
Once known as the "great fire" or "spotted death," smallpox has been rivaled only by plague as a source of supreme terror. Although naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated in 1977, recent terrorist attacks in the United States have raised the possibility that someone might craft a deadly biological weapon from stocks of the virus that remain in known or perhaps unknown laboratories.
In The Greatest Killer, Donald R. Hopkins provides a fascinating account of smallpox and its role in human history. Starting with its origins 10,000 years ago in Africa or Asia, Hopkins follows the disease through the ancient and modern worlds, showing how smallpox removed or temporarily incapacitated heads of state, halted or exacerbated wars, and devastated populations that had never been exposed to the disease. In Hopkins's history, smallpox was one of the most dangerous-and influential-factors that shaped the course of world events.

Table of Contents
Introduction--January 2992
One- Variola Rex
Two- The Most Terrible of All The Ministers of Death
Three- Heavenly Flowers
Four- Kiss of the Goddess
Five- The Spotted Death
Six- The Great Fire
Seven- A Destroying Angel
Eight- Erythrotherapy and Eradication
Bibliographical Note
Price: 18.00 USD

THE INJUR'D HUSBAND AND LASSELIA, Eliza Haywood, edited by Jerry Beasley

Eliza Haywood, edited by Jerry Beasley
208 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, University of Kentucky Press
The scheming, sexually predatory anti-heroine of The Injur'd Husband is a memorable villain who defies all expectations of a woman's conduct in marriage. The heroine of Lasselia is initially a model of virtue who bravely resists the advances of a king, only to be driven by her passion and desire into an illicit affair with a married man and ultimately into ruin. Eliza Haywood (1693?-1756) was one of the first women in England to earn a living writing fiction. Her early tales of amorous intrigue, sometimes based on real people, were exceedingly popular though controversial. Haywood, along with her contemporary Daniel Defoe, did more than any other writer to create a market for fiction in the period just prior to the emergence of Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, and Tobias Smollett, the dominant novelists of the mid-eighteenth century.

About Author
Jerry Beasley, professor of English at the University of Delaware, is the author of Novels of the 1740s and Tobias Smollett: Novelist.

“Provides a modern edition of two Haywood texts which ‘have never before been edited.’”—Eighteenth-Century Studies

"Reveals considerable inventiveness in technique and preceptiveness in analysis of character and motive."—Choice

“Will please anyone interested in the early novel and delight students of Haywood.”—East-Central Intelligencer

“The juxtaposition of two of Haywood’s novels in one volume is very welcome as it gives the reader a broader sense of Haywood’s style and purpose.”—Review of English Studies

“Deserves to be studied and taught.”—Eighteenth-Century Fiction

“Haywood’s two novellas are a sample document of the range of women’s sexual and literary possibilities in the early century.”—Notes and Queries

“The Injur’d Husband and Lasselia impart more than critical insights into the novel’s history and women’s role in that history. They’re plain fun to read—something Haywood’s contemporaries understood, and a pleasure we can now enjoy for ourselves.”—Jane Austen Society of North America News
Price: 19.95 USD

More Psychic Roots:Further Adventures in Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy, Henry Z Jones, Jr.

4 More Psychic Roots:Further Adventures in Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy
Henry Z Jones, Jr.
Paper, 5.5 x 8.5", 261 pp., 1997, reprinted: 2007, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc

Price: 24.95 USD

Chronicles of the Frigate Macedonian, 1809-1922, James Tertius De Kay

5 Chronicles of the Frigate Macedonian, 1809-1922
James Tertius De Kay
paperback / softcover, W.W. Norton & Co.
His Majesty's Frigate Macedonian was launched at Woolwich in 1810, at the height of the wars against Napoleon; its remains, refashioned as a seaside hotel, burned in the Bronx in 1922. It is barely remembered now, but in its time the Macedonianwas recognized as the most important prize ever taken by the American navy--a distinction it holds to this day. The history of this one ship, recommissioned USS Macedonianafter its capture from the British in the War of 1812, is an engrossing tale filled with battles, chases, near mutiny, and an engaging cast of commanders. The Macedonianplayed a prominent role in such major events as the liberation of Latin America, the war against the slave trade, the great Irish famine, and the American Civil War. Not just an entertaining narrative, however, the biography of this extraordinary ship is also a detailed portrait of gunboat diplomacy in the nineteenth century.

About Author
James Tertius de Kay has written on naval and historical subjects. He lives in Stonington, Connecticut.

"History that reads like a historical novel."—New York Times Book "Thoroughly delightful and informative."— Atlantic Monthly
Price: 15.95 USD



6 Collecting Dead Relatives
Laverne Galeener-Moore
155 pages, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc
An uproarious, irreverent romp through the field of genealogy. Guaranteed to keep you sane and keep you laughing.
Price: 8.95 USD



7 Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector
Laverne Galeener-Moore
167 pages, Genealogical Publishing Company
More zany adventures on the bumpy road of genealogy.
Price: 9.95 USD

Voyages of the Great Britain: Life at Sea in the World's First Liner, Nicholas Fogg

8 Voyages of the Great Britain: Life at Sea in the World's First Liner
Nicholas Fogg
200 pages, 6 x 9, 16 illustrations, paperback, Chatham Publishing
Vivid eyewitness testimonies
Unusual illustrations of shipboard life
Well-known ship, now preserved in Bristol, UK
Sea travel in the nineteenth century as reported in the letters, journals, and memoirs of passengers on the world's first liner, Brunel's Great Britain, a ship with a lengthy career as transatlantic mail steamer, troopship, and Australian emigrant carrier. For the majority of passengers, whether emigrant or soldier, sea travel was a novel and exotic experience, and a surprising number of Great Britain's voyagers recorded their impressions in letters home or journals. Every aspect of this curious world was found worthy of comment, from the food--including the livestock shipped to provide fresh meat and milk--to the onboard entertainment, not to mention the dubious, colorful, and eccentric characters encountered. From this rich variety, the author has fashioned a vivid depiction of shipboard life at a crossroad in history.

About Author
Nicholas Fogg has enjoyed a varied career in education, journalism, and the arts. He has written for a number of national newspapers and is the author of four previous books.

Price: 18.95 USD



9 George Washington's False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century
Robert Darnton
192 pages, 6 x 8, hardback, W. W. Norton
A master historian's excavations into the past unearth a world that is unexpected and compelling.
The most famous character in eighteenth-century Paris, apart from the public hangman, was "Le Grand Thomas," a tooth puller who operated on the Pont-Neuf. A gigantic man seated high above the surrounding supplicants, he commanded instructions to his assistants and the "toothaches seemed to expire at his feet."
George Washington was not so lucky. He was inaugurated as president in 1789 with one tooth in his mouth, a lower left bicuspid. The Father of His Country had sets of false teeth that were made of everything but wood, from elephant ivory and walrus tusk to the teeth of a fellow human.
With characteristic learning and bracing insight, Robert Darnton shows us that the Enlightenment had false teeth too-that it was not the Father of Our Modern World, responsible for all its advances and transgressions. In restoring the Enlightenment to human scale, Darnton locates its real significance as a movement, a cause, a campaign to change minds and reform institutions. So too with the French Revolution, another icon of the eighteenth century: Darnton explores its origins in the gossip, songs, and broadsides that formed the political nervous system of Paris in the Old Regime.
Figures that we think we know-Voltaire, Franklin, Jefferson, Rousseau, Condorcet-emerge here afresh, their vitality (if not their teeth) intact. Was the leader of the Girondists, Jacques-Pierre Brissot, a dedicated revolutionary or a police spy? Darnton shows the past to be an unruly place, sometimes confounding to the present, always unexpected, compelling, and rewarding.

About Author
Robert Darnton is the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History at Princeton University. His many books include The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Price: 11.96 USD


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