About Centuries and Sleuths

Celebrating its independence in specialty bookselling for almost 30 years, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's atmosphere is warm and friendly, with oak/cherry bookcases, shelves clearly labeled with the historical era / topic, mystery, or related subjects of their books, and comfortable seating, inviting you to browse your chosen subject(s).

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Author Discussion & Signing with Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

Title: This Is Really War:

         The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines

Author: Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

Date; June 23, 2019

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM

Description


In January 1940, Navy nurse Dorothy Still eagerly anticipated her new assignment at a military hospital in the Philippines. Her first year abroad was an adventure. She dated sailors, attended dances and watched the sparkling evening lights from her balcony. But as 1941 progressed, signs of war became imminent. Military wives and children were shipped home to the states, and the sailors increased their daily drills. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, Dorothy and the other nurses braced for a direct assault. When the all-clear sounded, they raced across the yard to the hospital and prepared for the wounded to arrive. In that frantic dash, Dorothy transformed from a navy nurse to a war nurse. Along with the other women on the nursing staff, she provided compassionate, tireless, critical care.
When the Philippines fell to Japan in early January 1942, Dorothy was held captive in a hospital and then transferred to a university along with thousands of civilian prisoners. Cramped conditions, disease and poor nutrition meant the navy nurses and their army counterparts were overwhelmed caring for the camp. They endured disease, starvation, severe overcrowding, and abuse from guards, but also experienced friendship, hope, and some, including Dorothy, even found love.

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About the Author


Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi is the author of Ugly Prey and has contributed to the Chicago TribuneLos Angeles TimesAtlanta Journal-ConstitutionBaltimore SunDetroit Free PressMiami HeraldSeattle Times and Crain’s Chicago Business. She has taught courses in media history, media criticism and journalism and is a frequent guest lecturer in graduate and undergraduate media courses. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

This Is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781641600767
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chicago Review Press - May 7th, 2019

Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781613736968
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Published: Chicago Review Press - May 2017

Author Discussion & Signing with Stephen M. Silverman

Author: Stephen M. Silverman

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About the Author


Stephen M. Silverman is a twenty-year veteran of Time Inc. and was the founding editor of People.com. He is the author of The Amusement Park as well as The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America among many other titles. His work has appeared in Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, The Times (London), Vogue, and The Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

 

Title: The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them.

Description


The electrifying, never-before-told history of amusement parks, from the middle ages to present day, populated by the colorful (and sometimes criminal) characters who built them, and the regular folks who sought their magical, albeit temporary, charms.

Step right up! The Amusement Park is a rich, anecdotal history that begins nine centuries ago with the "pleasure gardens" of Europe and England and ends with the rise and fall and rise again of some of the most elaborate parks in the world. It's a history told largely through the stories of the colorful, sometimes hedonistic characters who built them and features, among many, showmen like Joseph and Nicholas Schenck and Marcus Loew, railroad barons such as Andrew Mellon and Henry E. Huntington, and the men who ultimately destroyed the parks including Robert Moses and Fred Trump. The many gifted artisans and craftspeople who brought these parks to life are also featured, along with an amazing cast of supporting players from Al Capone to Annie Oakley. And, of course, there are the rides, whose marvels of engineering and heart-stopping thrills are celebrated at full throttle. The parks and fairs featured include the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Coney Island, Steeplechase Park, Dreamland, Euclid Beach Park, Cedar Point, Palisades Park, Ferrari World, Dollywood, Sea World, Six Flags Great Adventure, Universal Studios, Disney World and Disneyland, and many more.

 

Date: June 29, 2019

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 PM

The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780316416481
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - May 7th, 2019

Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Bestselling Authors of 2018



Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's Bestselling Authors of 2018. These Bestsellers are determined by a variety of factors (e.g. Author Signings, Mystery & History Discussion Groups' choices, Special Programs, Newspaper & Magazine listings, etc,) in addition to customer & staff recommendations. 

 

Shell Game: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062435866
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Published: William Morrow - October 16th, 2018

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A Dark and Twisting Path (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #3) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425282625
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Published: Berkley - July 31st, 2018

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The Battered Badge (Nero Wolfe Mysteries #13) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781504049108
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Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - April 17th, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062441942
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Published: William Morrow - August 14th, 2018

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In the Hush of the Night: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781510729872
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Published: Skyhorse - May 15th, 2018

Under a Dark Sky: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062560308
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 7th, 2018

Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062218308
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Published: Ecco - February 10th, 2015

Philipp of Hesse: Unlikely Hero of the Reformation Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780758661968
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Published: Concordia Publishing House - November 16th, 2018

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