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No hospital in American history has been the source of more lore, whispers, and tabloid exposés than New York’s Bellevue. David Oshinsky’s well-researched historical account, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital (Doubleday, $30), makes for reading as compelling as any true-crime thriller. The author of Polio and Worse than Slavery, Oshinksy delves bravely into all the corridors of Bellevue’s past.  On the one hand Bellevue was one of the largest hospitals in American history and housed many of the best medical researchers, attending physicians, and professional nurses of the nineteenth century. On the other, it was viewed as a “bare-bones receptacle for the poorest of the poor, the dregs of society, the semi-criminal, starving, unwelcome class, who suffer and die unrecognized.” An absorbing topic, no doubt, and when you package it with Oshinsky’s easy writing style, you’ll spend hours engrossed in this book only to emerge wondering where the time has gone.

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ISBN: 9780385523363
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Published: Doubleday - November 15th, 2016

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Ghostland is not a simple attempt to debunk or support ghost tales. Rather, it is a thoughtful look at what ghost stories mean to us and what they can tell us about our collective and national psyche. Dickey takes us to fascinating places (including a haunted Toys R’ Us), creating a spooky, unsettling, and often uneasy travelogue that goes beyond sensational ghost stories to take a deep look at memory and history. Ghostland is an insightful and remarkable regardless of your stance on ghostly apparitions.

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ISBN: 9781101980194
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Published: Viking - October 4th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781101980200
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

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In this elegant, accessible, and supremely thoughtful history of the years between the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the adoption of the Constitution, the Pulitzer-prize winning historian Joseph J. Ellis explains the extraordinary forces that coalesced in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War to produce a nation out of squabbling, parochial, sovereign states. Ellis focuses on the roles of four central characters—George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison—who, despite all odds and their own individual agendas, achieved the improbable and implausible in creating a new nation.

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ISBN: 9780804172486
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016