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PostSubject: Book Recommendations   Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:51 pm

I've got "Since You Went Away..." a collection of WW2 letters from American women to their menfolk overseas, coming. Can't wait to read it. Thanks to a recommendation on Lavender Hill for that!

I've also got my eye on Penny Colman's "Rosie the Riveter".

I got Hopscotch & Handbags for Christmas and I'm really enjoying it. Highly recommend. *written for the U.K. woman, but you'll still be able to relate to much of it*


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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:01 pm

I have not heard of either Rosie the Riveter or Since you went away yet...but they both sound intriguing, so thanks for the heads up. I'll see if my library has a copy first. I'm such a library hound.

Has anyone read We Knew We Were at War yet? I've had it off and on my wishlist for while but I just can't bring myself to buy it without seeing a copy first, and no one over here seems to have a copy.
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:15 pm

I'm hoping to get my hands on The Letters of Noel Coward ASAP -- a new release; it was written up in the NYT Book Review a few weeks ago.

On the nightstand at the moment is Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak. So far, so good.

I also have a fabulous stack of assorted volumes on English Country Houses and Gardens put out by the (UK) Country Life Archives which I've been studying. Sadly, most are long-gone, which is heart-breaking, but the photographs are to die for for an architectural historian such as myself.
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:59 pm

All Those books sound intriguing. I wish I read as fast as my mother. I just Finished A Man With Out A Country by Kurt Vonnegut. I loved it.

I read alot of disaster books and would recommend Ship Ablaze The Tragedy of The Steamboat General Slocum by Ed O'Donnell. I want to find a good book on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

I was also really moved by Paddy's Lament: Ireland 1846-1847 Prelude to Hatred by Patrick Gallagher.
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:31 am

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I have not heard of either Rosie the Riveter or Since you went away yet...but they both sound intriguing, so thanks for the heads up. I'll see if my library has a copy first. I'm such a library hound.

Has anyone read We Knew We Were at War yet? I've had it off and on my wishlist for while but I just can't bring myself to buy it without seeing a copy first, and no one over here seems to have a copy.

Try WorldCat. Maybe ILL? Does your local library offer this?

http://www.worldcat.org/

Just a thought............
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:20 am

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I'm hoping to get my hands on The Letters of Noel Coward ASAP -- a new release; it was written up in the NYT Book Review a few weeks ago.

On the nightstand at the moment is Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak. So far, so good.

Those both go on my list. I love Coward. I have a memoir about him written by the son of an acquaintance. It's bound in silver. Can't remember the title of the book, but it's a wonderful read.
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:22 am

Has anyone read Plum Sauce? It's about Wodehouse, and came out a few years ago.

Might already be out of print, but it's probably still available. I'd love to read it.
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:01 pm

Hi LD,

I can tell I'm a librarian. I saw your post and started immediately looking for the title. Not trying to bother you, but here's two links to the book you mentioned:

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/52471384&referer=brief_results

I think this maybe the title you are looking for. If not, go back to parent url (www.worldcat.org) and there is an advanced search that gives you more options. In any event,using worldcat, you should be able to narrow this down to libraries (academic, public, special) that have a copy of the book to lend.

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I'm no shill for ABE books and you may have used them already, but they seem to have copies for sale as well. Here's the link I found:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=wodehouse&sts=t&tn=Plum+Sauce&x=76&y=8

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Sorry if I've bothered you, but I guess I just like to help folks find the books they need.

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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:10 pm

No bother at all, Tony!

I do a lot of searches, too (worked in several bookstores...the urge to Find the Book has never left me).

It's available, which is great. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have it, but that one is worth owning.

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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:41 am

I'm on the hunt for this "An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England". Here's the website with one of the most intruiging excerpts I've ever read! Came across via the Miss Vintage forum I belong to.

Arsonist's Guide
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:47 pm

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I'm no shill for ABE books and you may have used them already, but they seem to have copies for sale as well. Here's the link I found:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=wodehouse&sts=t&tn=Plum+Sauce&x=76&y=8


I've had extremely good luck with ABE -- sellers often also list the same thing on Alibris and B&N used, but ABE usually has the best prices, even for very rare books. And quite often things which aren't listed on the other sites.
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:03 pm

Kittenwithawhip wrote:
Has anyone read We Knew We Were at War yet? I've had it off and on my wishlist for while but I just can't bring myself to buy it without seeing a copy first, and no one over here seems to have a copy.

Are you talking about Peg George's book on Women in WWII? I have read it, and recommend it. I know Peg quite well and have had her give a talk at my museum, along with one of the other ladies whose story is in the book (a Brit, Lilian Abele, who experienced the London Blitz). We also sell it in the museum shop, so if you're looking for a copy I can send one to you.

The book has an East Coast focus and is a collection of first-person accounts. I can say that not everything is 100% factual as we're talking about personal memories, not historic accounts. But if that doesn't bother you, it's a great time capsule of the era. There are some great photos as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:16 pm

My favorite WWII book is Berlin Diary, by Missie Vassiltchikov.

She and her family were White Russians. Refugees. Her second language was English, and it's what she used to write these memoirs.

She and her sister were in Germany for almost the duration, though her family moved around a lot.

It's one of the best, and her transition from spoiled party girl to survivor is impressive.
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations   Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:01 pm

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the_librarian wrote:



I'm no shill for ABE books and you may have used them already, but they seem to have copies for sale as well. Here's the link I found:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=wodehouse&sts=t&tn=Plum+Sauce&x=76&y=8


I've had extremely good luck with ABE -- sellers often also list the same thing on Alibris and B&N used, but ABE usually has the best prices, even for very rare books. And quite often things which aren't listed on the other sites.

The prices....I was able to get a few ww2 era books for 2-3 dollars!!!

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