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Allison Pataki

What's Next? A New Leading Lady for Historical Fiction

Allison Pataki | Posted 05.17.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

As I traveled from Vienna's palaces to Budapest's cathedrals, tracing Sisi's footsteps and the history of a nation on the eve of World War I, I uncovered an ageless truth: that real life often proves more interesting than fiction.

Women's History Month: My Favorite Novels About Unforgettable Leading Ladies

Allison Pataki | Posted 04.30.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

Today I am thinking specifically about some of the strong female characters who have been featured and memorialized in literature. I've come up with a list of fiction and nonfiction books that unfold around these characters.

The Key to the Continent: Why Both George Washington and the British Fought Over This One Bend in This One River

Allison Pataki | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

Why was it here, in this sparsely populated and mountainous stretch of the Hudson River, that a cluster of colonies fighting to become a new nation sunk in its roots and decided to establish its most vital fortress?