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She Wolves and Witches: What Happens to Women Who Try to Rule (Medieval Edition)

Effigy of Eleanor of Aquitaine. ElanorGamgee, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons Most of us know about Queen Elizabeth I, and many of us know that her sister, Mary, ruled before she did, and maybe a good number of you know that Lady Jane Grey also briefly took the throne of England just before …

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“Little House on the Prairie” Part 1: Does Fraser’s “Prairie Fires” burn Wilder’s “Little House”?

Why I Read Prairie Fires  This summer my adult daughter decided to finally read the Little House books.  I read Little House in the Big Woods with her when she was little, but then for some reason, she never read the rest.  She found that the T.V. series is on IMBD, so we also starting …

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“American Jezebel”: Females of the United States, Making Trouble Since 1630 (at least).

Why I read American Jezebel Buy on Amazon   American Jezebel is the story of Anne Hutchinson, one of the first groups of immigrants from England to Boston in the 1600’s. She was notorious for forming her own group of followers within the larger community and eventually getting herself, and her family, kicked out of …

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How L. Frank Baum Invented Wizardry in North America (beating J.K. Rowling by nearly 100 Years)

Why I read The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum Since I’ve started The Lois Level, and most particularly since I started doing reading lists to support teachers and families during the COVID 19 shut downs, L. Frank Baum has come to my mind over and over again. Of …

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