Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake tells the story of the Lusitania, a civilian luxury liner that a German U-boat sank in 1915.  The story follows not just the ship and select passengers, but also the story of the German U-boat and its crew.  Larson also adds a global perspective to the incident with his reading of its impact on President Wilson and the eventual entry of the United States into World War I.

Past Imperfect

This book felt glittery and hopeful and wistful.  It was a love letter to a different time that lamented the best of what was lost while acknowledging how much was also gained.  If you are interested in British society and aristocracy, the swinging 60’s, or gentle (and sometimes harsh) character studies, this book is for you.