About abortion )

The Holocaust )

Laurie D. Ferreiro, Brothers at Arms: The role of the French and Spanish in American independence. So trans-Atlantic it hurts—but it’s a new angle for me on the Revolution, which is really about how it fit into Continental power politics and often about how frustrating the French (and to a more limited extent the Spanish) found the fractious colonists, who could help them only if they committed to independence.

Tyranny and power )

Paul K. Conkin, A Revolution Down on the Farm: Over about a century, the US went from a rural economy in which one farm could support a few families to an urban one in which one farm supports hundreds. This was the result of huge changes in production methods and productivity. Conkin tells the story of farm policy, focusing on federal policy supporting farmers in various ways, throughout that time.
The old normal )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Apr. 16th, 2017 06:26 pm)
The Curse of Cash )The Shakespeare Riots )Nigel Cliff, The Shakespeare Riots: Late nineteenth-century Americans and Britons were pretty serious about their Shakespeare. Both claimed him as their inheritance, and most of the book is taken up describing the cultural role of Shakespearean actors and Shakespeare’s plays in the period; it ends in a big riot because of anti-British feeling in New York played out through the bodies of two actors in competing presentations and with competing acting styles, the more emotional and physical American versus the more thoughtful Briton.

The Vaccine Race )

Nation Without Borders )
Everglades )Nursing war stories )Theresa Brown, The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives: Everyone likes war stories, right? These are ordinary stories from an oncology floor at a teaching hospital, with small victories, small losses, petty patients and graceful ones. If you really like medical stories, this will please, but not otherwise.

Actual war stories )

Bellevue )

von Humboldt )
Robert Cialdini, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and PersuadeConvince me )
Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: I got this from the library just before the election, then couldn’t bear to read it for a while, then couldn’t bear to review it for a while.  mad as hell and not going to take it any more )
This is the first time this has ever happened to me! I am blessed with two, count ‘em, two Yuletide fics, iZombie and Lucifer! Zombie Tale of Seattle  (the upcoming zombie apocalypse) and Out of Body (Lucifer and Chloe swap bodies, excellent trope). Also, my kids and I wrote our first joint story, the end credits scene that was inexplicably missing from Moana, Guess I Chose the Right Tattoo
rivkat: Dean's arms (dean's arms)
( Dec. 20th, 2016 09:19 pm)
Title: The Problem of Other Minds
Gifter: rivkat
Giftee:runedgirl
Pairing/Characters: Sam/Dean, Crowley
Wordcount/Medium: 9076/fic
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Panty kink; mention of mind control but none consciously involved with sex
Summary: Being persuasive is a terrible superpower.
Thanks to 
[personal profile] giandujakiss for beta.

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How you know your clothes collection is a bit aged: your “low-rise” pants—helpfully marked as such on the back label, thanks, Gap!—go to just underneath your navel. Oh, 90s, you had no idea.

Philip Lopate, To Show and To Tell: Essays on the art of the personal essay. Lopate is a fan of both showing and telling, and defends the essay as a meandering exploration of a person’s thoughts, following them down whatever paths they go.

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The origins of totalitarianism )

the enclosure of the American mind )

The 1940 election )

What Marjorie Garber has been thinking about )
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