FAMILY ALBUM: SUMMER OF ’36

This snapshot of J and her little family is the only one I have of all four of them together. There is no date scrawled on the back, but going by the age of the baby this pic was captured during the summer of 1936. I have no context for the image. R, TODDLER DAVID, … Continue reading FAMILY ALBUM: SUMMER OF ’36

Never a Dull Day in Biographyville

When not working my part-time day job or helping out at the family business, my head has been buried in book research. I've unearthed an absurd amount of information about J and her husband, R, especially as it relates to what I had previously thought of as a lost decade: the 1930s. Her scrapbook covers … Continue reading Never a Dull Day in Biographyville

[Book Review] A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression

*Unless explicitly stated otherwise, all book reviews on Alternative Muses are for volumes I’ve read as part of my J biography research. I hesitated to use the word review, as this series heavily focuses on WHY I chose to read a book and what I got out of it research-wise. As a compromise, I’ll end each post … Continue reading [Book Review] A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression