Category Archives: My Books

Mother of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day has a mother, a proper Victorian women, arguably one of most powerful magazine editors in the mid-1800s–Sarah Josepha Hale, a woman who was widowed and “left poor” shortly before the birth of her fifth child.  Of medium height … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving

4th topic with the questions I asked in Thanksgiving: The  True Story about how to connect Thanksgiving Day to the world outside my dining room table: “Questions about the wider community: How do other people spend Thanksgiving? What do they … Continue reading

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Ragamuffins and Thanksgiving

3rd topic: “Questions about how we spend Thanksgiving: Preparing the food? Savoring the feast? Going to parades or football games? Watching television? Playing intergenerational games? Talking? Walking? Volunteering at a food pantry or homeless shelter?”  The image is of a … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Question #2

Thankfulness is the second topic for the questions I asked in Thanksgiving: The True Story, about how to connect Thanksgiving Day to the world outside my dining room table.  My questions are: When are we thankful? Just on Thanksgiving? Just … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

Writing my book “Thanksgiving: The True Story” prompted me to think about how to connect Thanksgiving Day to the world outside my dining room table. One way, I concluded in my book, is to ask questions around 4 topics: the … Continue reading

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Weird Cemeteries

A writer for The Weather Channel found my book “Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial” and interviewed me last week.  She just sent me the link to her article, “Weird Cemeteries from Around the World” with my quote, … Continue reading

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Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers: A History of the Bathroom

On Monday I was a guest on Iowa Public Radio talking about “The History of the Bathroom.” (One of the first book I wrote, “Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers: A History of the Bathroom,” is now revised and available in … Continue reading

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Award for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony!

The editor for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World just posted the news that my book has been selected for the 2012 VOYA Nonfiction Honor List!  http://www.facebook.com/christyottavianobooks?ref=ts&fref=ts

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itunes books

A friend just discovered 7 of my books are available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch at itunes.apple.com. Although I don’t have any of those devices, I know many of you do, including my granddaughter!  (I do need to get … Continue reading

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Spies! Women in the Civil War

Last night I got word that the second edition of my book, “Spies! Women in the Civil War” is now available as an ebook (with an orange cover that I love!). I did my research in the early 90s, traveling … Continue reading

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