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SusannaG

SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

A Voyage Long and Strange

A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America - Tony Horwitz

This entertaining volume follows Tony Horowitz as he searches for the discoverers of America, from the Vikings up to 1620.  (Ever notice how often in U.S. general histories there's very little between Columbus and Jamestown or the Mayflower?  There was plenty going on, by the way.) Once again, he is combining his travelogue with the actual history, as he learns it.  He seems to have a knack for encountering enthusiasts of all colors, many amusing, on his route.

 

Horowitz has a somewhat flip style, but knows his facts. (I knew I would like this book in the first chapter, where he goes to Newfoundland in search of the Vikings and ends up listening to bad karaoke in a sweat lodge, that I would like this book - but that style isn't for everyone.)