One Book Leads to Another: How the Library led me to my Favorite Books (Guest Post by Liza Q Diehl)

I don’t remember learning how to read, but my mother told me that I would sit on the couch with her while she was helping my older brother with his homework, and I guess I just absorbed all the letters and sounds. When I started Kindergarten, I thought there would be more books to read! … Continue reading One Book Leads to Another: How the Library led me to my Favorite Books (Guest Post by Liza Q Diehl)

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3 Best of…Fiction That Can Teach You More Than a History Textbook (Pt. 1)

I've talked before about how I hated studying history in school, and later fell in love with the stories of the past through fiction. In that essay, I mentioned a few novels, but not in depth and mainly focused on actual history and historical texts. Not everyone can jump easily into historical documents or studies … Continue reading 3 Best of…Fiction That Can Teach You More Than a History Textbook (Pt. 1)

“Blood of my Blood”: Exploring Themes of Adoption and Lineage in “Outlander”

'Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone. I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One. I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done.' Even a casual fan recognizes these words as the vows that wed Jamie and Claire Fraser in Diana Gabaldon’s 1991 novel Outlander. … Continue reading “Blood of my Blood”: Exploring Themes of Adoption and Lineage in “Outlander”