Genevieve Valentine

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'The Radium Girls' Is Haunted By Glowing Ghosts

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kate Moore's account of the sufferings and struggles of the Radium Girls — factory workers who were poisoned by the glowing radium paint they worked with — reads like a true crime narrative.


A Potent, Uneasy Blend Of Passion And Fatalism In 'The Woman Who Had Two Navels'

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No matter what's happening in this new collection of work from the late Filipino writer Nick Joaquin, it's probably already too late — but that doesn't stop his characters from struggling.


'Where The Water Goes' Is Effortlessly Engaging — And Also Scary

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In Where the Water Goes, David Owen uses the history of the Colorado River to lay out the immense complexity of America's water situation, reminding us that both water and time are finite resources.


Tale As Old As Time: The Dark Appeal of 'Beauty And The Beast'

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Disney's new live-action extravaganza is just the latest retelling of this classic fairy tale. But why do Beauty and her Beast have such a hold on us? And why are there so many versions of their tale?


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.