Eight Works of Engaging Nonfiction You Should Read in 2014

Sometimes I feel it’s really hard to find good, well-written non-fiction that’s really engaging. So I’ve made a list of eight page-turners about truly interesting people and interesting stories.

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The Secret Life of “Shamu”

So, you’ve seen Blackfish. Or maybe you haven’t, but are curious what all the fuss is about. I’ve been researching the subject for the last two months and have made a list of the dark secrets SeaWorld doesn’t want you to know about. Read More The Secret Life of “Shamu”

Book Review: “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls” by Emilie Autumn

Talking rats, striped stockings, a good cup of tea, and a long stay at the most “experimental” madhouse in Victorian London. What else would one expect from Emilie Autumn? Read More Book Review: “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls” by Emilie Autumn

The Royal Fetus: A Guide to Britain’s Most Famous Not-Yet-Person

So, Kate Middleton, now formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge, finally went and got herself knocked up. For the last month, the royals have been sorting out issues involving Kate’s health and well-being and what will be done about her planned engagements for the next year. Finally, it’s getting to be time to talk about the royal fetus, and I’m here to answer the most popular questions about this blessed unborn royal heir! Read More The Royal Fetus: A Guide to Britain’s Most Famous Not-Yet-Person

Best of P-Mag: Badass Ladies of History: Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Princess Anne County

As my daughter gets older, I realize the serious gap in my knowledge when it comes to Badass Ladies of History. Reading about Grace Sherwood, and the history behind “Witchduck Road” stuck with me. When my daughter is old enough, she’s going to love our archive of Bad Ass Ladies. -Sally J. Read More Best of P-Mag: Badass Ladies of History: Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Princess Anne County

Badass Ladies of History: Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Princess Anne County

Near where I grew up, there’s a street called Witchduck Road. It’s called that because there was a “witch” and she had to be “ducked” to find her guilty. Grace Sherwood was tried, and convicted, of witchcraft in Colonial Virginia. Really, she was just a tough lady trying to make it work in a man’s world.

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Reading Someone Else’s Letters

Hardly anyone writes letters anymore, and that’s a crying shame because when it comes time to tell the story of our age, the historians of the future will have a lot less to draw on. I love reading dead people’s love letters. It’s the best way to get inside someone’s head and get a glimpse of their most personal feelings. Future historians may pad their books with quotes from text messages, but it probably won’t be the same.

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The Princess Who Became a Queen

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for sixty years. She holds no political power, and isn’t even allowed to publicly reveal what her political preferences are. But Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor is one of the most famous and iconic women of our era. She was a beautiful, elegant princess who charmed the world and at only twenty-five, found herself Queen, not only of the United Kingdom, but of Commonwealth realms made up of far-flung nations that were once part of the British Empire.

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