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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #3000 on: January 14, 2018, 02:59:07 PM »


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What are you reading?  Autobiographies, biographies, history, politics?
Tell us about the book; the good and the bad of it. 

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« Reply #3001 on: January 14, 2018, 03:03:44 PM »
This came today from my Library of America's weekly read - the first race riot...

http://storyoftheweek.loa.org/2018/01/they-all-fired-at-her.html

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« Reply #3002 on: January 22, 2018, 03:59:46 PM »
I am, at present, reading A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West: The Reminiscences of Mary Hallock Foote, edited by Rodman W. Paul. The first part is a sketch of family, acquaintances, and Quaker life among the New York Quakers, both city and country. They were strong supporters of anti-slavery and women's sufferage. Friends and acquaintances included such prominent New Yorkers as Ellwood Walter (Mercantile Mutual Insurance Company, marine insurance and large landowner), Moses S. Beach (owner of the New York Sun newspaper at the time) and George Haviland (of the Haviland China family), as well as Henry Ward Beecher.

This was an era of expanding advanced educational opportunities for women. Mary Hallock Foote attended The School of Design for Women in New York. It was one of the most advanced schools available to women at that time. The footnotes (probably the editor's) comment on Coopers Union so I gather that the Design School was part of it. Coopers Union was established in 1859. As a side note, Irving College, right here in Mechanicsburg, PA was established in 1856 as a liberal arts college for women. I think they began with two degrees, Bachelor of Arts and Mistress of English Literature.

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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #3003 on: January 30, 2018, 07:23:08 PM »
Reading Spy Princess. True story of an Indian Muslim girl from France who was flown into Paris during WW II as a radio operator.  Was captured and died in Dachau.
Also if course Grant by Chernow!

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« Reply #3004 on: February 01, 2018, 11:52:22 AM »
Frybabe - do you know what happened to Irving College? I’m from Shippensburg and never heard of a college in M-burg. Did it morph into something else, or just fade away.

That sounds like an interesting book. Imagine how slow progress in social issues would have been without all the pressure from Quaker women and men.

Jean

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« Reply #3005 on: February 01, 2018, 01:51:54 PM »
Jean, Irving College was in existence from 1856-1929.

https://pahistoricpreservation.com/spotlight-series-national-register-the-irving-female-college/ This site has some automatically scrolling photos part way down the page. I don't know what happened to Columbia Hall, but I believe the President's Residence eventually became part of Seidle Hospital when some of the property was sold after the college closed.  When I was growing up, Seidle was known as a women's hospital; I remember that big wrap around veranda from when I was little. Pinnacle bought Seidle, I forget when, built a new building and converted the old building to Doctor's offices. I think the old building has since been torn down. That pretty much just leaves Irving Hall as the last building standing.

http://gardnerlibrary.org/encylopedia/irving-college I included this site because Gardner Digital Library is a Cumberland County Historical Society initiative. I thought you might like to check out some of the other stuff on Cumberland County.

So you can see some of exterior of the Irving building today. They are still using them for appartments. https://www.apartments.com/12-s-filbert-st-mechanicsburg-pa/9n7w7q7/ 

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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #3006 on: February 01, 2018, 02:18:42 PM »
On the other note, Jean. I determined that I wasn't going to get my library loan finished before I have to return it so I ordered a hard to find hard cover of the book. It isn't in ebook form, but there are plenty of soft covers available. I try to buy as many of my non-fiction/history books in hard cover as possible. This one, to me, is worth the price; it is that interesting.

It appears that ABE Books has changed the notification process slightly. I was used to the actual book vendor emailing me to let me know they got the order. I kind of remember that ABE's policy was that the books were to ship within 24hrs. of order acceptance. Now it looks like ABE does the update notifications for the vendor and there is no mention in the email about the within 24hr. shipping requirement. I need to look into that to make sure I didn't miss something and that the book is soon on its way. It is supposed to arrive around the 15th of Feb. Can't wait.

 

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« Reply #3007 on: February 01, 2018, 05:39:04 PM »
Abe's policy may vary with the vendor.  I ordered a book from them Jan 25th, choosing expedited shipping, 3-6 business days, got two notices from the vendor.  It was "shipped" on the 26th, and tracking has it departed from a shipping partner facility on the 30th, and not yet received by the USPS.  Good thing it's not urgent.

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« Reply #3008 on: February 03, 2018, 06:06:33 AM »
I received my book yesterday. The person who packed the book took great care with it, first wrapping it in paper, then a plastic bag, next came the bubble wrap, and finally the padded envelop. I am very pleased with the condition of the book and the care to see it got to me unharmed. The book itself is a 1st edition board book. It now resides in my collection of US history books. I could have put it with my art books or with the biographies/autobiographies/memoirs, but the US history shelves had some space to fill, whereas, the other two do not.

I am weeding some more of my garden books. I've decided, much as I hate to give them up, I haven't done any intensive gardening in years and can no longer handle major pruning projects. My New York Botanical Gardens booklets are among those to go to the library bookstore. Those I consider rather precious, so they may end up back on my shelf.

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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #3009 on: February 03, 2018, 01:27:20 PM »
Thank you for that information Frybabe

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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #3010 on: February 03, 2018, 01:52:17 PM »
Isn't special Frybabe to open a package with a book that has been carefully prepared for shipment - as if the person wrapping the book cared about it as much as we care about a child - lovingly sending their heartfelt goodness with the shipment - love it...

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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #3011 on: February 03, 2018, 02:56:27 PM »
As usual, only responding to the select few.  No wonder so few now!!

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« Reply #3012 on: February 03, 2018, 05:25:49 PM »
Yes, Kidsal. It does seem that sometimes I am "talking" to myself sometimes, but I keep; insisting on posting anyway. I hope that some of my posts are of interest to those who read but do not post. There are a few.

I've been spending a little more time over on our sister site because there are more people posting, but someone  mentioned the other day they are losing posters too. Neither site seems to be attracting very many new posters to replace those we've lost. For the most part, my reading interests are not coinciding the group lately. Also, I noticed that we, here, are making most of our posts over in the Library discussion to the neglect of the genre discussions. This one kind of went downhill fast after we lost Ella.


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« Reply #3013 on: February 03, 2018, 06:30:38 PM »
I think Frybabe since we are fewer and fewer we are congregating on one site - just share you special thoughts with all of us - we seem to be, 'all together boys how do you like the weather boys' kind of group these days - the younger folks who do read are mostly working demanding jobs and those retiring in their 60s do not like to align themselves with 'Senior' anything - we seem to be a dying breed.

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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #3014 on: February 03, 2018, 10:06:34 PM »
Yes, Kidsal, sometimes it seems as if only a few people chat back and forth.

I am listening to a nonfiction, The Woman Who Smashed Codes. It's interesting, very long to listen to, though. I did some further searching on the internet about names in the book, and I may have to follow up with some other books. Right now the section of the book I'm in is concerning the development of code breaking in WWI. I believe it gets into WWII eventually.

I'm thinking the book you mentioned, Spy Princess, sounds interesting. No copies in our library or on Overdrive, and right now I'm not buying books. But I'll keep checking.

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« Reply #3015 on: February 04, 2018, 12:06:39 PM »
Frybabe, you are one of our most prolific posters.  I certainly read everything you post, but don't always answer unless I have something to say.  For example, I'm half way through that weird WWI pamphlet, and will finish it sometime to see where he's going, but don't have any comments yet.

It's always a problem where to comment on a book; the Library gets more readers, but the genre discussions are more focused.

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« Reply #3016 on: February 04, 2018, 12:09:02 PM »
Someone must have heard my complaint about my Abe book.  4 hours after I posted, it was reported as being in a local post office, and I got it in my mail the next day.

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« Reply #3017 on: February 04, 2018, 12:55:00 PM »
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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #3018 on: February 06, 2018, 07:30:17 PM »


A Suffragette is arrested in the street by two Police Officers in London in 1914.

6th February 2018 marks 100 years since some women won the right to vote in Ireland and the UK

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« Reply #3019 on: February 12, 2018, 12:45:16 PM »
I've just caught up with this discussion - I don't come into the Non-Fiction bit often, as I don't read much non-fiction, but it would be so awful if this site folded. I mus be old for my age or something, as I have been on and off seniorlearn for some years now, and I am not even (quite) 60. I love it dearly - everyone is welcoming and also so very well-informed.

If I read any non-fiction i will tell you! Actually I did read Jim Crumley's Autumn last year. He is a wonderful author and a very popular Scottish nature writer. I also read Nature's Architect, his book about beavers and how they should never have been eradicated (he says if they hadn't been we would not have any problems with rivers flooding) - he is involved in somewhat clandestine plots to reintroduce them to Scotland, as he and his friends think the government's project is rubbish. He is a true Scot from Stirling, with a healthy disregard for rules and regulations, and a brilliant ability to watch nature, then write about it is a way that is interesting even for someone like me, brought up in a city, who knows virtually nothing.

Just remembered I also read (I probably mentioned this somewhere else - if so, apologies) Esther Woolfson's Field Notes From A Hidden City, which was fabulous. She lives in the same part of Aberdeen that I inhabited for several years when my children were younger, so I really have no excuse for being so ignorant about wildlife.

Rosemary

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« Reply #3020 on: February 12, 2018, 04:24:12 PM »
Well, now I learned something. I didn't know beavers existed in Europe and Asia. I always thought they were a North American thing.

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« Reply #3021 on: February 12, 2018, 05:04:10 PM »
It seems there were many beavers in this country once, but they were driven out by farmers and landowners who thought they were destructive pests. Now there is an official and rather limited reintroduction scheme - and a network of unofficial 'reintroducers' with their own plans. I really would recommend Jim Crumley's book - he writes not only about beavers but also architecture and jazz, drawing parallels between them, the beavers' impressive construction skills, and their remarkable ability to improvise. He's also written books about eagles, wild swans and wolves.