Archive | August 2014

Women’s history books – Yay!

Has anyone tried this series? It looks good!

Lives of American Women

I’ve got the Rebecca Dickinson title by Marla R. Miller.

dickinsonIsn’t it so nice to find academic books that are readable and accessible and zoom in on the women of American history and their experiences?


Armchair literary tours?

I just discovered the Street View feature of Google Maps. What a kick! I took a tour of a Hungarian city that I last visited 20 years ago. It brought back so much of the flavor of the place for me, and I thought, ‘What a great tool for traveling from your desk!’

Now, I am thinking about applications to literary interests. When I really get into a book that takes places somewhere far off, now I could, conceivably, not only look at pics of the place and look at online author comments and snapshots of their geographic inspiration, I can take a little “walking” tour of the place. A new way to “Let your fingers do the walking,” to use an old Yellow Pages (remember using those – in hard copy?) slogan. As long as Google trucks have photographed the place, I guess it’s an option until I win the lottery, which, face it, is hard to do when you don’t play.

Any A Discovery of Witches fans out there? Here’s Google Maps Street View of Oxford, England.