About YH

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Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I practiced as a psychologist. I enjoyed my career but now it’s  time to do something else with my life. I’ll be using this place to organize and share all the things I love doing now. Among the topics I like to study and write about are folklore, medieval life and times, American history up to the end of the Civil War, Connecticut and New England, travel, animals, plants and gardening. I also will be posting reviews of books I’ve enjoyed. On a personal note, I’m married, have a son and a daughter, both doing well on their own now, and 2 adorable little grand-daughters, three cats and two grand-dogs. I work part time at two local historic house museums, and love to read, knit, and travel, especially to France, England, and Italy. And I spend a lot of time on-line. A lot.


51 thoughts on “About YH

  1. Hi History, I would like to get my book in front of you for a review. I have read your reviews and I love how honest they are. I am an unknown author doing my damdest to break into the literary world with a memior that I feel is noteworthy. If I can spark your interest my book is STAND by Debbie Williamson it is on Amazon and if you google it comes up in several places. Thank you so much let me know if there is an interest.

  2. Hi,

    After looking through your blog, Your’re History, I thought that you would be interested hearing about our new book, National Geographic Exploration Experience, by Beau Riffenburgh.

    I really feel that the viewers of your website would enjoy this book and would find it very informative. If you would like to receive a review copy of the book and learn more, please contact me at 202-857-7659 or jmcfeely@ngs.org

    John McFeely
    Communications Coordinator, Communications
    National Geographic Society
    1145 17th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    T: 202-857-7659

  3. bob says:

    Hi there, i love your site. I myself am a bit of a history buff. I am thinking of writing a book on the Ct witch trials of the 1600’s. Any advice on how to start? thanks in advance.

  4. Haven’t had a chance to look around yet, but this site seems right up my alley according to your About section.

    I (will, 2 more months!) have a degree in Humanistic Studies, which focuses on history, literature, and how we (as a Western society) became who we are today. I wrote my senior thesis on the Middle Ages, so that’s my particularly favorite area of interest.

    Looking forward to following your site.

  5. katknit says:

    I’d start by reading the books written in the last 10 years about witch trials in CT. Check out the bibliographies, choose your focus, then I’m afraid you’ll have to dig and delve into town records and other primary sources.
    Best of luck!

  6. katknit says:

    I’m so glad you’ve found this site of interest, and hope you’ll visit often. You and I have a lot of interests in common!

  7. I really enjoy your blog and wanted to introduce mine. I aim to make a documentary that retraces the two-year long voyage through the Americas of the 1850’s of my Swiss Great-Great-Grandfather, Henri de Buren, a naturalist, artist
    and explorer.

    Regards, Jean-François

  8. You have a Great blog! Check my history blog out about the county I live in. Ellis County Texas. Created out of Navarro County on December 20, 1849. Places In The Heart was filmed here and the story line was created based on actual events in Ellis County.

  9. Nice blog – hey are you on Facebook? If you are that way you could announce your posts and I could keep up with them. I have yet to figure any other way of keeping up with blogs. I’m a historian working at a history museum in TN. Found your site while looking for an image of an “ancient spindle”. LOL. Check out my blog – totally unrelated.

  10. Dennis P. O'Brien says:

    Hello … I have discovered some interesting characters from my family’s genealogy, circa 1850s Massachusetts (Connecticut River valley area and the western hill towns) and wondered if you might direct me to any reading (fiction or not) that could give me a sense of life as it existed in those places and times?


  11. Hey there,

    love your blog, especially the history bent. since you liked my first mystery, thought you might be interested in my next, coming out in a week: Haunt Me Still, the further adventures of Kate Stanley. It’s a mystery set in Europe (if you count the U.K., are not a stickler for the continent)… so it might even fall within your 2010 challenge!

    If you’d like to know more, take a look at my web site: http://www.jenniferleecarrell.com

    In any case, happy reading: you’ve got a great list!


  12. blackwatertown says:

    Hello – Just found your blog. I particularly enjoy the book reviews. It’s clear from your reading list that you’re a voracious reader. It’s very impressive.

  13. Thanks for the excellent reviews. They are concise, smart and informative. I’d love to have you visit my blog at http://www.brendamarshallauthor.com/blog to post a comment under Books That Matter. While you’re there, please look at my new novel, DAKOTA, OR WHAT’S A HEAVEN FOR, literary historical fiction set in 19th century Dakota Territory. There’s a trailer on the home page, and some readings of excerpts (photos and videos) on the DAKOTA page. Let me know what you think! I’d love to make a copy available for review.

  14. The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas, by John M. Thompson will tickle the fancy of any medievalist. With more than 60 maps and hundreds of glossy color images that sumptuously portray the vivid parade of a thousand years of human history, this book gracefully unveils an era often shrouded in lore and mystery, from the fall of Rome to the age of discovery.

    Unprecedented in scope, The Medieval World profiles world-class cities from London and Paris to Barcelona, Florence, and Damascus and uses each great urban center to discuss characteristics of a particular century. Detailed timelines connect the many dramatic events that distinguished these volatile years. Quotes from famous medieval figures, close-ups of intriguing artifacts, and rich landscape photography of the places where battles were fought and monarchs were crowned help shed more light than ever before on the “Dark Ages.”

    The Medieval World is an engaging lyrical adventure that sweeps readers through time and across continents. Vibrant text captures the intrigue of the era and the complexity of its people. Discover the origins of medieval wars, migrations, occupations, religious beliefs, and inventions. Learn more about the greatest manuscripts of the day, from the Magna Carta to the Domesday Book, and come face to face with the real people behind the famous legends of King Arthur, Joan of Arc, Charlemagne, Saladin and Richard the Lionhearted.

    Penelope Dackis

  15. Hello there,

    I am working on a clickable banner of Connecticut’s Book Bloggers. Would you mind e-mailing me so that I could get an avatar from you for your page?

  16. Kathleen Hubert says:


    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    – Kathleen Hubert

  17. Ken Sonenclar says:

    Hi Linda — I feel like you’ve heard this before. But could I send you a request to review my new novel? It’s a contemporary thriller set in London and Istanbul. Can you send your email address?

  18. Ken Sonenclar says:

    Hi Linda,

    Here’s the summary I’m using on Amazon:

    “A suicide attack on U.S. sailors in Istanbul leaves hundreds dead, triggering a global manhunt.

    Meanwhile, Zander Blake, chief of the LAPD’s Art Theft squad, is flying to London to address a landmark UN assembly on saving the world’s most endangered treasures. He lands only in time to learn that the conference keynote speaker, a celebrated Harvard archaeologist, has just been coldly executed.

    While the CIA struggles to track down the Istanbul terrorists and Scotland Yard conducts its rambling investigation, Penny Theobald, the Harvard professor’s beautiful graduate assistant, presses Blake into probing the murder with her. The pair follow a trail marred by secrets, betrayal, and violence that leads them to Turkey and the professor’s surprising connection to the terrorist attack, quickly pulling them into a diplomatic intrigue that threatens to ignite a new holy war—should the professor’s fatal mission come to light.

    Eavesdropping FBI agents, an ambitious American curator, a cunning Oxford don, an antiquities dealer struggling with his own greed, a stunning assassin, intelligence operatives and bureaucrats intent on keeping Blake and Theobald at bay—all stand between the pair and their ultimately frantic search for the truth.”


  19. Hi Linda,

    I was reading some of your Amazon reviews and Goodreads selections, and smiled to see you liked Phil Rickman’s books. He’s one of my favorite authors – I’ve reread the whole Merrily Watkins series countless times. He does indeed paint a colorful but gritty picture of Welsh-border life that isn’t as pretty as the landscape…

    I notice also that you liked Still Life With Crows, my all-time favorite Preston/Child Pendergast novel, but aren’t a fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, because of his sociopathic concept of justice.

    I am very much hoping that you would consider reviewing my mystery thriller novel, New Year Island. Michael Carr, editor of numerous NY Times and international bestsellers, including Brad Meltzer’s #3 NY Times Bestseller The Zero Game, has called New Year Island “…the most exciting, most promising work of fiction to cross my desk in the past year.” It’s a gritty modern homage to Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

    Ten strangers, recruited from their daily lives by an edgy new reality show, are marooned on an abandoned island near the California coast. One dies in a horrible accident, and the remaining nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they once before beat the odds in a life-or-death situation. Worse still, one of them is not who he or she claims. Now they must solve the mystery of who lured them there and why, as they fight to survive and escape New Year Island.

    More details at : http://www.amazon.com/New-Year-Island-ebook/dp/B00E69E91M/

    If this sounds like something you might enjoy, I would be delighted to send you a free review copy.

    Looking forward to hearing from you either way, and it’s a pleasure to meet you.



  20. Hi Linda,

    Apologies. I’m yet another author come to clutter up your comments box with a review request for a novel…

    The book in question is ‘Leofric: Sword of the Angles’, an adventure story set in Denmark in AD 520, which, based on other books you’ve reviewed on Amazon, is something I think you’ll enjoy.

    Currently it’s only available through Amazon as an ebook. You can find it using this link: http://geni.us/1nqd or go to Amazon direct.

    ‘Leofric: Sword of the Angles’ will be free to download from 1st July to 3rd July, but if you miss this promotion I’d be happy to email you a copy.

    (Amazon free book promotions run from midnight to midnight on Pacific Standard Time, which is 8 hours behind GMT.)

    I hope you’ll take up this offer. In such a crowded market it can be difficult for a new book to stand out and reader reviews can make all the difference.

    If you’d like to find out more about me and my books, please visit my author site http://www.sjarnott.com or drop me a line.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Best wishes,


    • No need to apologize, Stephen, I’m glad you like my reviews. I will check out Leofric tomorrow on Amz, and your author site today.

  21. Tori says:


    My name is Tori Vollmer and I am handling online public relations for “Single Handed,” (Penguin/Berkley, 2015) the true story of Teddy Rubin, the only Holocaust survivor to have received our country’s highest military distinction, the Medal of Honor.

    I met Teddy while the book was being written. I found him the most remarkable man I’d ever met. Because of your interest and background I think you’ll find that his story is an indispensable story of a selfless hero who survived a concentration camp during WWII and a Chinese prison camp in Korea. And while Teddy received his medal in 2005, this is the first and only account of his entire life as an immigrant, war hero and true humanitarian. One more thing; while Teddy currently faces challenges to his health, he still lives with an extended family in Southern California.

    I would love to speak with you about a book review post. My goal is to increase awareness of this one of a kind hero and the vivid account of his exploits in writer Dan Cohen’s new book.

    Best Regards,
    Tori Vollmer

    Website: http://www.danielmcohenauthor.com/

  22. Erik Von Norden says:

    Dear “Katnit”:

    Apologies for posting publicly, but I did not see an e-mail or a contact form. I enjoyed your blog, You’re History. Did you ever wonder why so many things – past and present – make so little sense? Find out. You are invited to read and review, Theory of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf, now available in print and Kindle formats at Amazon.com. I can send you a PDF, an EPUB or you may click on the following link (or paste it into your search field): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=theory+of+irony.

    It is always funny, sometimes scholarly, with no sacred cows – and, was awarded “five stars” by Readers’ Favorite. Also, feel free to read the blog, bio or a sample chapter at theoryofirony.com.


    Erik Von Norden

  23. Dear Katknit,

    I saw on your profile that you have an interest in American history. Would you be interested in receiving a review ebook edition of The Yanks Are Starving: A Novel of the Bonus Army?

    In 1932, a charismatic hobo led 20,000 jobless American WWI veterans into Washington, D.C., only to be driven out of the city with tanks and gas. The novel unfolds the events that led to this confrontation through the experiences of eight Americans who survived the fighting in France in 1918 and came together again during the Great Depression to decide the fate of the nation on the brink of upheaval.

    The Historical Novel Society has praised the book as “a wonderful source of historical fact wrapped in a compelling novel.” The Military Writers Society of America called it “vivid” and “admirable.” U.S. Marine veteran Nate Mercer said it is “one of the best and most memorable books that I have ever read.” Author Alliance reviewer Joseph Spuckler, also a Marine veteran, called it “an outstanding social and military historical novel.” Foreword Reviews magazine named it a Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist and it was honored as an indieBRAG Medallion winner and a Chaucer Award Finalist. The book was also recently featured in The Huffington Post.


    Thanks, Glen

  24. charmingonoccasion says:


    So, looking at your blog I have to say it’s really engaging. I get that you’re a book person, but I’m just curious as to if you have any feelings on the new musical, Hamilton. You say that you are into your American History up to the Civil War, so I’m just curious as to what you think?

    The Idiot in Tin Foil

    • Not having seen Hamilton, I can’t comment about the musical’s quality. But, in general, I’m in favor of things that stimulate interest in our history among young people. This play is certainly accomplishing that! I look forward to seeing it when tickets are available.

  25. Dear Linda,
    I love your blog and would love to get some new releases from Pegasus Books to you. Do you have an email I could contact you at regarding ARCs?
    Thank you,

  26. Hi Linda,

    Having been impressed by your thoughtful reviews I hope you’ll be interested in my father’s remarkable story, THE LOST ARTIST: LOVE PASSION WAR (PART 1). I understand if you’re too busy or it’s not your thing, but attached is he Amazon site to help you decide.

    “A page-turner! Revealing important insight into little-known history of pre-state Palestine and World War II, this fascinating journey of a remarkable man is a rip-roaring story from beginning to end. I recommend it to everyone.”
    Rabbi Mark S. Golub, JBS TV, jbstv.org

    1934: a 13-year-old Jewish boy escapes Nazi Germany to become the highest decorated WWII Palestinian/Israeli soldier in the British Army.
    2010: a top Israeli computer scientist searches for the favorite artist of her youth.
    From the rise of the Nazi Party through the formation of the State of Israel, across a sea of time to present day, their worlds collide in

    Also, at the end of the THE LOST ARTIST, I’ve added a chapter on my father’s stolen Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), the only one earned by a Palestinian soldier in the British Army making it the most important WW2 medal to Israel. The stolen medal is now in the possession of Lord Michael Ashcroft. Though Lord Ashcroft has been given unequivocal proof that he was ripped off by The London Medal Company, who fraudulently sold him the entire group of my father’s medals while we have all of his other medals, Lord Ashcroft apparently prefers to keep a stolen medal with spurious medals rather than to simply get his money back from the corrupt dealer who sold them to him.

    If successful we will donate the entire group of my father’s medals to an orphanage in Israel, which takes in refugee children and saved my father’s life when he escaped Nazi Germany in 1934. All other proceeds from the book will go to getting any other medals stolen from within the British Ministry of Defense with their rightful owners.

    As public awareness is crucial, any help from you in getting the word out could make a big difference. Below is my TV interview on L’CHAYIM, an 11-minute excerpt focusing on the stolen medal, and the Amazon site. Please let me know if you’d like me to send the book or ebook.


    Eric Hausman-Houston


    • Eric, I’m not up for reading and reviewing at the moment, but your story intrigues me, and I’m wondering if you’d like to do a guest post with links. If not something new, I’d be happy to post this account, which is very persuasive. What do you think?
      Thanks for reading YH and contacting me. Hope to hear from you sooner than you heard from me!
      All best,

  27. Hello Linda,

    Love your blog and although it looks like you are not up to reviewing, could you take a look at our upcoming publication? Here is a brief synopsis of “The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865” by Janet Elizabeth Croon:

    LeRoy Wiley Gresham was born in 1847 to an affluent slaveholding family in Macon, Georgia. As a young child he suffered a horrific leg injury that left him an invalid. Educated, inquisitive, perceptive, and exceptionally witty, the 12-year-old
    began keeping a diary in 1860 just as secession and Civil War began tearing the country and his world apart. He continued to write even as his health deteriorated until both the war and his life ended in 1865. His unique manuscript of the demise
    of the Old South—lauded by the Library of Congress as one of its premier holdings—is published here for the first time in “The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865”.

    The Washington Post featured it in a wonderful article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/invalid-boys-diary-focus-of-library-of-congress-civil-war-exhibit/2012/11/08/c55c7758-21db-11e2-8448-81b1ce7d6978_story.html?utm_term=.16795fa0dda6

    Please let me know if you are interested in a future review copy or author interview.

    Many thanks for your support.

  28. Hello You’re History!

    My name is Glenn and I am a first-time author from the UK [I live half an hour outside London]. My debut novel comes out later in 2018 from Amsterdam Publishers. It is set in Germany and the 1950s, and is about a set of parents coming to terms with what happened to them during the Second World War. Their only child, an adopted son Jozef, wants to know about his real past – but they are reluctant to reveal it.

    The backdrop to the story is a little known footnote of the Holocaust and how some 5,000 – 25,000 German disabled children were secretly murdered by the Nazi state with their parents’ ‘consent’, acquired deceitfully. My novel is called A Quiet Genocide.

    I am contacting you to see if you would be interested in reviewing A Quiet Genocide for You’re History! I appreciate I am not with a large publishing house, but Amsterdam Publishers are brilliant and really believe in A Quiet Genocide and the story it tells today.

    If you very kindly are interested in reviewing A Quiet Genocide we can get a review copy to you in whatever format is best. It is currently going through a final edit, but that will be complete very soon. Thanks for listening. It’s appreciated. Good luck with You’re History!

    Very best,
    Glenn Bryant
    [e] gm.bryant@yahoo.co.uk

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