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Wednesday reading — killer robots and other fighters

What I've been reading

I read Washington's Crossing. I'd read and been utterly fascinated by Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, and although in many ways the two books are quite different —this one is organized more traditionally, as a narrative—it does share the same approach of digging into sources to create a very individualized and complete picture.

I read Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, which is kind of like what would happen if Bryan Lee O'Malley and Gordon Korman collaborated on a graphic novel, down to the ostensibly-straight protagonist having a suspiciously entangled relationship with his instigator friend. Good times.

I read The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, which properly belonged with the batch of children's books about Hamilton that I posted about last week, but which straggled in at the library later. If Jean Fritz's book is Chernow for middle grade readers, this one would be the equivalent of The War of Two for the same audience, with Burr and Hamilton's lives interwoven. Definitely a book I think any interested kid of an appropriate age would enjoy, and detailed and accurate for its length.

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