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Writ in Water

by Susan Waggoner

The accomplished biographical novel "Writ in Water" covers John Keats’s life with insight and understanding. James Sulzer’s elegiac novel "Writ in Water" begins as British poet John Keats dies at the age of twenty-five. Accompanied... Read More

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The Scent of Empires

by Susan Waggoner

Karl Schlögel’s cultural history "The Scent of Empires" tells the story of two perfumes that permeated portions of the twentieth century. In 1913, French perfumers were commissioned to create a scent to celebrate 300 years of Romanov... Read More

Book Review

The Kissing Bug

by Susan Waggoner

In "The Kissing Bug", Daisy Hernández recounts watching her aunt die from a little known or understood disease. Years later, Hernández set out to learn more, and entered into a harrowing medical mystery. Hernández’s memories of her... Read More

Book Review

Changganli

by Susan Waggoner

In the convincing novel "Changganli", four friends witness China’s emergence as a modern power. Jiwen’s novel "Changganli" depicts the post-Mao transitions that brought China into modernity in under a generation. In 1986, the... Read More

Book Review

Princes of the Renaissance

by Susan Waggoner

Mary Hollingsworth’s "Princes of the Renaissance" is a revealing account of the city-state dynasties that created unimaginable wealth, cut-throat competitions, and lavish displays of patronage, resulting in some of the Western... Read More

Book Review

Nothing to Declare

by Susan Waggoner

In Richard M. Ravin’s novel "Nothing to Declare", the bonds and boundaries of a friendship are tested by the swirling counterculture of the 1970s. When Jesse and Marty met in college, Jesse was an amiable, malleable art student; Marty... Read More

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