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Life Before Google?

book cover image The Card Catalog

In The Card Catalog, the Library of Congress brings booklovers an enriching tribute to the power of the written word. Mouse not required.

Nom De Plume

book cover image The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds

With a name like Peck, you almost have to be an expert on birds. Mark Peck, an ornithological expert at the Royal Ontario Museum, provides detailed and informative text to go along with stunning photographs.

Popular & Praiseworthy

book cover image Four Princes

John Julius Norwich has authored scores of books damned by the faint praise of being “popular” histories. This is unjust, says the Washington Times.

Getting Ready

book cover image Prince Charles

Charles is preparing to follow in the footsteps of his well-loved mother. Biographer Sally Bedell Smith detects a more confident, less defensive tone from the Prince of Wales.

Baseball Therapy

book cover image The Utility of Boredom

Want to know why baseball is still popular? Says Canadian Andrew Forbes, the game's quiet rhythm has a therapeutic effect on the modern, distracted mind.

Looking for a Legacy

book cover image Chasing Portraits

Looking for a good read? Chasing Portraits is "a page-turning personal history of one woman's search for her grandfather’s artistic legacy."

Popinjay Shooting?

book cover image The Games

At the 1920 Olympics held in Antwerp, medals were awarded for popinjay shooting, a popular Flemish pastime. Politics in sport, it seems, is nothing new.

Game Changer

Father Bauer and the Great Experiment

Father David Bauer changed lives at the rink, in the classroom, and in the pulpit. Along the way, he created the first truly national Canadian hockey team. 

C'est magnifique!

Fodor's Essential France

Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering advice for more than 80 years. This is one of their latest, a loving look at 'la belle France'.

Making Waves

book cover image Marconi

A little over a century ago the world went wireless. Cables gave way to radio waves, a revolutionary means of transmitting information almost everywhere.