Posts tagged books
Posts tagged books
Gatsby’s mansion and the Biltmore Estate
I’m on a mission to find as many Doctor Who characters as possible on the covers of romance novels
I am so excited right now - I’ve finally gotten around to cleaning up the last of my unused bookshelves and filled it with actual books. That are actually in a semi-cohesive order. And rearranged the rest of my books as well. Ohmygosh.
A tour of my madness:
Top: Old/decorated hardcover classics, decapitated presidents bookend, the Declaration of Independence, etc
Top shelf: Mystery, some shoes (why? because.)
Middle shelf: 17th and 18th century American history, my only book actually from the 18th century, some sherds I found in the dump pile on a dig
Bottom shelf: Huge books that are mostly somewhat related to art (Calvin and Hobbes is the finest of arts)
Top: Fantasy series, some more old stuff
Top shelf: Pretty much everything written by Jodi Picoult ever, assorted random books lots of which are also movies
Bottom shelf: Fantasy, more shoes
Top: American history after 1800, WWII knicknacks, random books about religion and other things
Top shelf: Historical fiction
Bottom shelf: Costume history, archaeology, museums, preservation, everything else related to what I do for a living, more fiction that didn’t fit on the top shelf
Top shelf: History and other books about Places that Aren’t America (mostly Ireland), also an accordion that belonged to my grandmother (who was not a Nazi)
Middle shelf: Horror
Bottom shelf: Classics, sketchbooks
Yet more classics
Top shelf: Books that didn’t fit on the fantasy shelf, YA books I was too sentimental to get rid of, history books not interesting enough to be on the history shelf, playbills and things I should probably throw out
Bottom shelf: MOAR CLASSICS and sparknotes to go with
Ancient and Antique Books, Chetham Library, Manchester, England
photo via kiira
Mark Twain’s library and conservatory
(And yes, the museum DOES stage live-action Clue in here, because really, why wouldn’t you?)
Archaeologists might have finally found the cave of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, whose solitary 18-year stay on a tiny island off the California coast inspired the children’s classic “Island of the Blue Dolphins.”
“The cave had been completely buried under several meters of sand. It is quite large and would have made a very comfortable home, especially in inclement weather,” Navy archaeologist Steven Schwartz said at the California Islands Symposium last week in Ventura.
One of the most famous people associated with the Channel Islands, the Lone Woman belonged to the Nicoleno, a Native American tribe who lived on the remote wind-blasted island of San Nicolas off the Southern California coast.
The tribe was decimated in 1814 by sea otter hunters from Alaska. By 1835, less than a dozen Nicolenos lived on the island. At that time, the Santa Barbara Mission arranged a rescue operation which brought to the mainland all Nicoleños but the Lone Woman.
The most likely explanation for the abandonment is that a panicked crew, caught by a storm, turned the rescue schooner, named Peor es Nada (“Better Than nothing”), toward the mainland without much head counting.
The woman lived alone on the island until a fisherman and sea otter hunter found her in 1853 and brought her to the Santa Barbara Mission.
“She was found in a brush enclosure on the west end of the island, but she is believed to have lived in a cave during most of her 18 years of isolation,” Schwartz, who has been investigating the island for more than 20 years, said.
The Grim Reader