MixedLibrary JournalThis is a concise and interesting history, but it could have benefitted from more time spent painting a picture of Roosevelt’s life in the Village. It seems the area and her experiences there made an impact, but it is unclear how exactly that happened. Instead, this book almost serves as a history of the Village itself, with time spent covering its famous inhabitants during the 20th century. Insight into Eleanor, her relationship with husband Franklin, and their house in New York, is occasionally interwoven throughout, though it may leave readers wanting more ... This biography of Eleanor Roosevelt concisely covers her life and connection to the Village, but it would have benefited from more time spent there. Primarily for supplement research on the Roosevelts.
RaveLibrary JournalThe author brings both impressive detail and rich history to his exploration of a variety of naming conventions, such as those taken from the landscape or terrain, names referencing the role of the street or the vocations of its inhabitants, streets commemorating historical events, and more. A lot of ground is covered but it never feels like something is missing from this wide-ranging work ... While toponymy, or the study of place-names, may appear to be an overwhelming topic, Jelly-Schapiro\'s writing is informative, accessible, and entertaining. He is engaging throughout, and will leave readers thinking twice about the place-names they encounter on a daily basis.
Esther Safran Foer
PositiveLibrary JournalThe story is at once beautiful and heart-rending, and sheds light on what happened after the war—an often overlooked aspect of the Holocaust experience ... Foer explores her family with context and detail. Her story will interest readers of historical and personal narratives, especially memoirs and genealogy.
Nathan Raab, with Luke Barr
RaveLibrary JournalIn this part detective story, part history lesson...readers gain insight into the adventures of a real-life treasure hunter; Raab\'s exploits will remind readers of Indiana Jones or Benjamin Gates of the National Treasure film series. They\'ll be amazed by the artifacts Raab comes across, including many that have been passed down from generation to generation ... With several chill-inducing moments combined with engaging writing, this book will hold readers\' interest until the last page. May be of particular interest to fans of Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers.
PositiveLibrary JournalPlumly offers a well-rounded look at both men\'s personal lives and artistic styles, depicting them as separate but equal artists heavily influenced by their individual experiences ... Fans of the English landscape and 18th- and 19th-century art will enjoy this successful deep dive into the lives of Constable and Turner.