Based on a true moment in American history, this funny picture book celebrates the ingenuity and community spirit of one small New England town as it attempts to make the country's biggest cheese for the nation's greatest man.
A Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College
A.A. Milne was a prominent English author best known for his books featuring Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne is also notable for having served in both World Wars. On top of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories Milne also wrote The Red House Mystery, a classic locked room story. The action is set in an English country house where Mark Ablett is hosting a party.
To close one's eyes and dream of a home in the country with its lawns, its gardens, its flowers, its songs of birds and drone of bees, proves the sentimental in man, but he is not practical who cannot call into fancy's realm the cackle of the hen.
In the early years of the 1960s the market town of Everham is full of rumours and counter-rumours. Dr Leigh McDowall, medical registrar, is taking a refresher course in obstetrics prior to becoming a general practitioner. He is immediately attracted to Dr Shelagh Hammond, obstetric house surgeon, but she is deeply involved with another doctor, Paul Sykes, and is caring for her mother, Bridget, an Irish Catholic with a terminal illness, who has a secret of her own. Leigh watches Shelagh's helpless infatuation for Paul with increasing resentment.Meanwhile Reverend Derek Bolt is troubled by the unwanted attentions of a female parishioner and he confides in headmaster Jeremy North. But Jeremy is also feeling lost as his home life is in disarray and he turns to a hospital sister for comfort. Each is faced with a personal crisis and they resolve to do what is right. Only the right thing doesn't always turn out as planned.Tension bubbles throughout the community, and the interweaving stories of Everham's residents give rise to conflicts that erupt in life-changing decisions and scandals.Set against the back-drop of the Profumo affair that rocked Britain, Everham's own politics reach a dramatic crescendo.
Ten Days in a Mad House is the report of journalist Nellie Bly, who went undercover into a mental institution to report on the conditions and treatment of the insane in Bellevue Hospital during the 1880s.
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