Genevieve Valentine

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In '2140,' New York May Be Underwater, But It's Still Home

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kim Stanley Robinson envisions a future that's closer than we like to think in New York 2140. Sea levels 50 feet higher have swamped Manhattan, but there's a tiny thread of hope that we might float.


'How To Read A Dress' Connects Centuries Of Women Through Fashion

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lydia Edwards gives a knowledgeable introduction to Western European dresses. It feels bare at times but Edwards is more interested in providing insights rather than an extensive history.


'High Noon' Takes Aim At The Hollywood Blacklist

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Glenn Frankel's new book about the making of the classic Western sets its tumultuous production against the backdrop of the Hollywood "Red Scare," drawing parallels between celluloid and reality.


'Mr. Seabrook' Might Be A Little Too Abominable

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Artist Joe Ollman's new The Abominable Mr. Seabrook is a biography of the Lost Generation travel writer (and sadist, alcoholic and cannibal) William Seabrook. But how much Seabrook can you stand?


'Hidden Figures,' 'The Glass Universe,' And Why Science Needs History

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Women's contributions to scientific progress are often ignored — but two new books, Dava Sobel's The Glass Universe and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures are out to remedy that oversight.


Ginger Rogers And The Case Of The Authorized Editions

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Before modern fan fiction, there were the Whitman Authorized Editions — a series of mystery novels from the 1940s and 50s that "starred" real movie stars, like Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney.


Remembering Sheri S. Tepper, Eco-Feminist Sci-Fi Firebrand

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Tepper wrote several classics of '80s sci-fi, but she's curiously unknown today. Her work is didactic and often uncomfortable, mixing eco-feminist politics with gripping characters and world-building.


I Shall Faint: 'Unmentionable' Unpacks Victorian Womanhood

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Therese Oneill's new Unmentionable is a snarkily informal history of the difficulty of being a woman in the Victorian Era, hemmed in from head to toe with countless rules about dress and manners.


Ready, Set, Flake: Is 'Bake Off' About To Crumble?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The future of the smash-hit baking competition is in question after a move from the BBC to independent broadcaster Channel 4 prompted beloved hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins to step down.


A Beautiful Edition Of The Abridged 'Erudition'

Monday, August 29, 2016

A new translation of the 14th century Egyptian scholar Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri's magnum opus, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, is a priceless glimpse at the medieval Muslim world.


'Playing Dead' Teaches You How To Disappear

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Elizabeth Greenwood thought about faking her own death to get out of massive student debt — but decided instead to write a book about all the ways people try (and usually fail) to disappear.


The Workings Of Nature: Naturalist Writing And Making Sense Of The World

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Humans have always been curious about the natural world; nature provides enough order to soothe and enough wildness to escape. We've got a roundup of great nature writing from all over the world.


'To The Secretary' Tries To Unwind The Tangles Of Diplomacy

Thursday, July 21, 2016

State Department veteran Mary Thompson-Jones sifts through a few choice WikiLeaks cables and parses them for a lay audience in To The Secretary, a fascinating primer on a complex and difficult field.


A Mystery Novel Is The Mystery At The Heart Of 'Blockbuster!'

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lucy Sussex's new book is a history of 1886's runaway best-seller, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. Why was it such a hit? Who was involved with it? And why was author Fergus Hume left without a dime?


'Possession' Charts The Tangled Paths Of Art And Antiquities

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Art crime expert Erin Thompson digs into the dirt around antiquities in her new book — what motivates collectors, what justifications they give and the politics around their acquisitions.


Horrors Pile Up Quietly In 'The Other Slavery'

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Andrés Reséndez' new book is a careful and scholarly examination of the enslavement of indigenous people in the Americas. It lays bare a shameful chapter of history, with a clear line to the present.


'Hong Gildong': Korea's Classic Swashbuckler Gets A New Translation

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A young nobleman leaves home and ends up joining a group of outlaws — sound familiar? No, it's not Robin Hood, it's the iconic Korean hero Hong Gildong, and it's time the rest of the world met him.


A Reference Guide To Reference In 'You Could Look It Up'

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Of the many problems facing dictionary authors past and present, the most predatory of them seem to be — in order — time, politics, and ghost words. And if you're already pulling up a tab to Google "ghost words," You Could Look it Up is written just for you. A ...


'How To Be A Tudor': Not As Stinky As You Think

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sometimes you want your history close to home. It's a good thing, then, that Ruth Goodman seriously commits to her research. In How to Be a Tudor, billed as "a dawn-to-dusk guide to Tudor life," she recounts her experiences with lower- and middle-class daily habits, including Elizabethan hygiene regimens (not ...


Folklore For Hipsters: Fairy Tales Before They Were Cool

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Reading The Tale of Tales, Giambattisa Basile's 17th-century book of fairy stories, is both exhilarating and exhausting. If that sounds like a warning, it is. If that sounds like a promise, well, good news.

Perhaps most importantly, the book's an erstwhile history course, and for those who enjoy a sense ...