That Old Black Magic

By Isaac H. No, this isn’t about the Billy Eckstine song, though I’m sure it fits in here somewhere. Documenting magic, it’s not just card tricks, horcruxes and invisibility rings. I’ve always had a passing interest in the paranormal. Not necessarily the general concept of magic, more like the history of human beliefs in the […]

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Flying High: Fearless Female Aviators

by Melleny T. When I was in the seventh grade, I chose to be Amelia Earhart for Night of the Notables. Earhart’s entire story fascinated me – her courage, the obstacles she encountered, and the mystery surrounding her disappearance. I may or may not have worn that aviator cap more often than was strictly necessary. Even […]

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Disease and Medicine in History

by Jennifer K. I love a good disease book. What (you may ask) makes a good disease book? First of all, I want to learn what the disease does to the human body. In clearly understandable layman’s terms, tell me about the disgusting symptoms, the horrifying rate of transmission, the tragic death toll. Anecdotes full […]

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Mary Shelley and Her Monster

by Lindsey A. 2018 marks the two hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley. With this book, the science fiction genre was spearheaded by a teenage girl. Many associate Frankenstein with this guy, or this guy, or maybe even this guy. As a student of literary studies (i.e., English), I spent a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: It’s Been Weird

By Emily Z. Well, hello there. Are you ready for the end? The grand finale of our Weird History sojourn? Oh, and isn’t today also some sort of holiday? It’s not as though I’ve been waiting for Halloween since last November. And I certainly don’t have relevant history books to talk about… Or maybe I do! Yes, […]

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Looking for Ghosts and Feeling Spooky

By Kristi S. Ok, here’s the situation: I hate being scared. You will never see me at a horror movie, except the one time I was tricked into going. My friends told me we were seeing Brave (ironic, right?). I don’t do haunted houses, I don’t like being out in the dark, I’ve never read […]

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In the Midst of Weird History

by Emily Z Pssst! Hey there, fine and goodly readers–just checking in with you at the midpoint of our journey through time and also the month of October. It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through the Weird History edition of our Beyond Bestsellers series and I hope it’s been suitably, satisfyingly strange so far. I […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Weird History

by Emily Z. It’s a new month and that means a new Beyond Bestsellers theme! This October, we’re all about keeping it weird and historical with some weird history. What is that? Is that a genre of book now? Yes. Why just weird history, you ask? Well, the thing about history is that there’s a […]

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Blurring the Lines: The Hebrides in Fact & Fiction

By Marie B. Have you ever found yourself reading a novel and thinking, “What/where/who is that?” This happens to me all the time. I usually read at night, and my favorite works of fiction have me turning pages and reaching for my computer for some impromptu research long after I ought to be sleeping. The […]

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Self Help(less)

By Emily Z. Are you ready to revolutionize your new year’s resolution? Deep-dive into a personal epoch of self-help, self-control, and self-confidence? Me neither. It’s dark outside, it’s cold, and maybe, like me, you’re having regrets about downing so many deviled eggs like they were Jello shots (or vice versa) over the holiday(s). It’s time […]

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