James Madison: A Life Reconsidered by Lynne Cheney

This is not my type of book. I rarely read biographies and I don’t read books about American history. I’ve never been particularly interested in the genesis of the United States, thus I know embarrassingly little about our country. Prior to reading this book, I wasn’t even positive that James Madison was a president; therefore, I’m not sure if Cheney presents any new information here, as it is all new to me. Although political biographies are not my forte, I can say that this one has been painstakingly researched, and that Lynne Cheney knows her shit. Continue reading “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered by Lynne Cheney”


Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

I’m a sucker for these fictional books about famous people’s wives, and as I love Edgar Allan Poe, Mrs. Poe instantly appealed to me. I picked up this book and thought to myself, “this is a bad idea,” but I read it anyway. It was a bad idea. It was not about Poe’s wife, Virginia, but instead about Poe’s alleged mistress, Frances Osgood. Apparently some historians believe that these two had a few rolls in the hay, and Cullen uses that scant theory as a jumping off point for her bizarre novel. Continue reading “Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen”