Foul Play in Vouvray, A Book Review

Anyone else love a good ole wine country detective mystery set in the Loire Valley? Because if you do, you’re in luck! Foul Play in Vouvray may just be the beach read you need this summer (if we are allowed to even go to the beach). My old boss back in D.C. sent me a…

The Garden of Eden, A Book Review

I hope I’m not offending a dead author here, but I struggled a bit through The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway. Not that the writing is hard–Hemingway is known for his simplicity, but the style is all his, and though I’ve tried, I haven’t fully been able to enjoy it in any of the…

On Choosing Books & Wine

I’ll admit that it has been a while since I read a really great book. This is disappointing to me because I like to think of myself as a “reader,” although, it’s hard to carry that title these days due to the lack of actual book reading that is occurring. I’m to blame for this,…

Author Spotlight: Mary L. Tabor

Readers of History & Wine, I have a special spotlight for you. If you have been following along over the past year, you may have noticed my deep love of reading and writing woven throughout the articles I post. I have referenced several authors and books, many of which I have reviewed for you here….

The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln, A Book Review

“They had put the president’s health, well being and safety in my hands, under their threat to me. How had they put it? ‘We entrust the sacred life of Mr. Lincoln to your keeping. If you don’t protect it, never return to Illinois, or we will murder you on sight.’ I didn’t drop my guard…

It’s Cultural

Spring time is the perfect time to get back into your cultural groove. I’m talking about going and doing things that you have neglected all winter while you were wrapped in a snuggie cocoon watching reruns of your favorite shows on TV. The weather is finally warming up here in the Mid-Atlantic, which means that…

Are We Missing Our Chance?

I’m guilty of it. I’m sure you are too if you walk or take public transportation for any significant distance over the course of a day. In fact, the majority of the people I see walking around on the streets of DC are guilty. Isolation. Yes, we are guilty of isolating ourselves. I’m referring to…

Ray Bradbury Makes Me Feel Less Crazy

I know that I’ve talked about him before, but Ray Bradbury just might be my favorite author (Along with Hunter Thompson- I will never forget Dr. Thompson). My Post, “Where Have All the Bookstores Gone?” was inspired by my second round reading of Fahrenheit 451-absolutely one of my most favorite novels. Even though I am…

Where have all the Bookstores Gone?

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ― Ray Bradbury I can’t imagine a world where there are no books. It is happening. They are disappearing. The bookstores. When was the last time you browsed a bookstore? It seems like every day there is another…