The Louisiana Purchase is often sidelined in favor of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, itself the context for the latter, but Rhoda Blumberg’s What’s the Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon, and the Louisiana puts the infamous deal in the spotlight. Aimed at young adult readers, What’s the Deal? simplifies the historical context, main players, and political intrigue […]

Review of Historical Fiction Novel INÉS OF MY SOUL by Isabel Allende

October 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Review of Historical Fiction Novel INÉS OF MY SOUL by Isabel Allende

Inés of My Soul was one of Isabel Allende’s first steps away from her carefully cultivated craft of magical realism, a form of story telling that was created by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, and into the realm of historical fiction. A stark difference from her other novels, Inés of my Soul has failed to gain […]

The Use of Imagined Dialogue in Tinseltown: Murder Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

October 24, 2018 | Comments Off on The Use of Imagined Dialogue in Tinseltown: Murder Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

The task of writing works of popular history can prove challenging. The author can chose to write an account that is historically accurate, but may be perceived by popular audiences as boring, or exciting but potentially exaggerated. William J. Mann’s Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood is a dramatic account of […]

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