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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

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %

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.)