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Martha Maxwell’s Menagerie: The Story of a Nineteenth Century Woman Naturalist

How many girls today dream of becoming scientists? In the twenty-first century, these girls can achieve their dreams far more easily than could girls in the nineteenth century. This Sunday, Reading into History book club families will learn about nineteenth century women in science by discussing The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. In [...]

Reading into History: Interview with Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Author of No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

This Sunday, March 9, our family book club will meet to discuss No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, a book that looks at Lewis Michaux and the National Memorial African Bookstore. This bookstore was the intellectual heart of Harlem from roughly 1939 to 1975 and a favorite spot of such figures as Muhammad Ali and Malcolm [...]

Reading into History Author Interview: Cynthia Levinson on We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March

Young people have often played significant roles in history, often willing and able to take a stand when adults can’t or won’t. This month, when we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s life and legacy, the Reading into History Family Book Club is reading We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson, [...]

Reading into History: Interview with Martin Sandler

How did a few men and two giant herds of reindeer rescue hundreds of whalers trapped in Northern Alaska in the middle of winter in 1898? This Sunday, the Reading into History family book club will meet to discuss Martin Sandler’s book about this epic mission, The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing [...]

Seasons of Light: How Animals Used to Light America

If you come to the New-York Historical Society this winter break you can go on the Seasons of Light scavenger hunt. This hunt celebrates the holiday season by exploring how America has been lit through the centuries. Our museum has so many artifacts related to light it was hard to choose what to put on [...]

“It was as if we had all done something wrong.” Frances Perkins and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

This November, the Reading into History Family Book Club is digging into Albert Marrin’s Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy. We’ll meet to discuss this book on Sunday, December 8th, at 3 pm. This work of non-fiction tells the story of how a fire broke out on the upper floors [...]

Author Interview: Adam Osterweil

This Sunday, author Adam Osterweil will join our Reading into History Family Book Club to discuss his novel Cooper and the Enchanted Metal Detector. There is so much to sink our teeth into in this book, from its layered characters to the tough American Revolution history that it sheds light on. We asked Osterweil our usual questions below. Take [...]

Reading into History: Our October Book!

Reading into History Family Book Club was terrific this past Sunday at our book wrap for 90 Miles to Havana. Thank you to everyone who came to discuss Operation Pedro Pan and this marvelous book.  Now it’s time to start reading Cooper and the Enchanted Metal Detector by Adam Osterweil. We’ll have the author present [...]

Reading into History: Author Enrique Flores-Galbis on 90 Miles to Havana

The author and his publicist This month, our family book club is exploring the complicated historical relationship between Cuba and the United States in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. We are reading Enrique Flores-Galbis’ 90 Miles to Havana, a fascinating work of historical fiction that follows a boy named Julian and his two brothers in their [...]

Reading into History: Book Club Plays Baseball!

    Next Wednesday, July 24th, the Reading Into History family book club will be exploring baseball’s complicated past through the book The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz. Each chapter of this book is an “inning,” and each inning tells the story of a generation of the Brooklyn-based Schieder-Snider-Flint family (nine generations total, of course!) [...]

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