The Christmas season is a time for traditions, and in Richmond, one custom reigned supreme: a family outing to Miller & Rhoads department store. There, thousands of smiling faces would be waiting to enter Santaland - an enchanted world marked by glittering snow and intricate train displays.
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Here are the life stories of three women who connect us to our national past and provide windows onto a social and political landscape that is strangely familiar yet shockingly foreign. Berkin focuses on three “accidental heroes” who left behind sufficient records to allow their voices to be hear...
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In this exquisitely wrought memoir of a committed life, historian, and civil rights activist, Paul Gaston reveals his deep roots in Fairhope---the unique Utopian community founded in 1894 by his grandfather on the shores of Mobile Bay, Alabama. Fairhope grew into a unique political, economic, and...
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Written as a narrative poem, Keppel Hagerman traces the life of Sally Louisa Tompkins. Often called the “Florence Nightingale of the Confederacy,” Tompkins, the only woman to be commissioned an officer in either the Confederate or the Union army, is a heroine of the Civil War.
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This is the story of the Battle of Monocacy, and is one of the Civil War’s most significant, yet little-known battles. Leepson shows that had Early arrived in Washington one day earlier, the ensuing havoc easily could have brought about a different conclusion to the war.
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Distorted Mirrors traces American prejudices toward Russia and China by focusing on the views of influential writers and politicians over the course of the twentieth century. Donald Davis and Eugene Trani show where American images of Russia and China originated, how they evolved, and how they ha...
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For centuries, the 'Chick' has blessed the Tidewater region of Virginia with life, even today in the face of deteriorating resources and dramatic environmental change. While an abundant ecosystem thrived in the water, a unique and culturally rich community that once dotted the Chick's riverbanks ...
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Spring is in the air and it’s time to set aside the hard core novels you curl up with under a blanket by the fire and move on to the lighter fare books fit to be stuffed in a canvas bag and taken with you wherever you go, indoors or outdoors. This spring has produced a bumper crop of fantastic books you won’t want to miss! View the April 28 edition of Margie's Memos for more.