Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Non-Fiction Books

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Official Review: Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One, Up to 1900

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any non-fiction books such as autobiographies or political commentary books.

Official Review: Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One, Up to 1900

Post Number:#1 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 17 Apr 2017, 12:17

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One, Up to 1900" by Laurel Downing Bill.]

Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Review by greenstripedgiraffe
Share This Review

Aunt Phil’s Trunk Volume One, Up to 1900, by Laurel Downing Bill, is an intimate look at Alaska from the earliest civilizations until 1900. Extensive research has obviously been done in preparation for this detailed history. In the dedication, the author explains that her aunt, Phyllis Downing Carlson, was a noted historian. While living in Alaska, Aunt Phil (Phyllis Downing Carlson) collected numerous bits of Alaskan history including photos, rare books, notes, and written stories. Aunt Phil’s Trunk Volume One includes stories about Alaskan Natives, Russian fur traders, the sale of Alaska, and the Klondike Gold Rush.

I found this history both spell-binding and tedious. I was fascinated to learn the history of a state that I knew nothing about until now. For instance, I did not know who had first occupied Alaska or how it became to be part of the United States. However, I got lost trying to sort out the different Indian tribes and locations. Also, I had not realized the extent to which Russia had occupied Alaska prior to the United States acquisition. The names of geographical landmarks, famous Russians, and Alaskan Natives were quite unfamiliar to me and quickly became confusing. I would have appreciated a listing of the various tribes, as well as a map documenting where the tribes were primarily located.

Additionally, I learned (too) much about the Klondike Gold Rush. This time era has been greatly romanticized by literature and movies. Aunt Phil’s Trunk, Volume One details the day-to-day life of the men and women who rushed to Alaska in search of instant riches. Daily conditions included back-breaking labor, disease, and death. General stores, saloons and organized crime also had a big part in Alaska’s history. After reading about several new cities with seemingly no end to the amount of data, the wealth of information started to bog me down. While reading, many times I wished for a map of cities or a list of names associated with each city—anything to aid overall comprehension.

I believe the in-depth information is valuable to serious students of history, as well as anyone seeking knowledge on Alaska, Native Alaskans, or the Gold Rush. Many of the cities started during the Klondike Gold Rush are still thriving today. However, as a casual reader of history, I found this book to be too much. Mostly, it read like a history textbook. I congratulate the author on the minutely accurate detailed account of the subject; however, I would not recommend this book to any but dedicated history fans.

The author writes in a way that brings historical figures alive for the reader. My only complaint is that while the book is impressive in its accuracy, the reader needs help in breaking down the information in a more manageable format. Also, a timeline would be helpful to put the events into perspective overall. One thing that greatly confused me was that the “second gold rush” included dates prior to the “first gold rush.” I am sure there is a good reason for this, but I didn’t discover it while reading the book. Overall, I give this 3 out of 4 stars.

******
Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One, Up to 1900
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like greenstripedgiraffe's review? Post a comment saying so!
"no one down here" --- Up the Down Staircase
greenstripedgiraffe's Latest Review: "Lovely Rita" by Randall Blair
User avatar
greenstripedgiraffe
 
Posts: 583
Joined: 22 Oct 2015, 10:47
Currently Reading: Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Bookshelf Size: 218 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Official Review: Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One, Up to 190

Post Number:#2 by Amagine
» 18 Apr 2017, 22:27

It doesn't sound like my kind of book but I'm sure anyone who loves history will greatly appreciate the book and the author's extensive research.

Great Review! 🌸
"Writing something in the spirit of Halloween is just second nature to me." -Danny Elfman

"One must be a little crazy to write a good novel." -John Gardner
Amagine's Latest Review: "My Ladybird Story" by Magus Tor
User avatar
Amagine
Bookshelves Moderator
 
Posts: 5147
Joined: 04 Mar 2017, 19:27
Location: Lost in My Imagination
Favorite Author: Dr. Seuss
Favorite Book: Writing Irresistible Kidlit
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 706 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HD 7 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 400 Books
Goal Completion: 45%

Re: Official Review: Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One, Up to 190

Post Number:#3 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 19 Apr 2017, 08:47

Amagine wrote:It doesn't sound like my kind of book but I'm sure anyone who loves history will greatly appreciate the book and the author's extensive research.

Great Review! 🌸


Thanks for reading my review! This book is filled with a wealth of information! But, I do think a history buff would enjoy it best :lol:
"no one down here" --- Up the Down Staircase
greenstripedgiraffe's Latest Review: "Lovely Rita" by Randall Blair
User avatar
greenstripedgiraffe
 
Posts: 583
Joined: 22 Oct 2015, 10:47
Currently Reading: Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Bookshelf Size: 218 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One, Up to 190

Post Number:#4 by kandscreeley
» 19 Apr 2017, 09:00

I would love to learn more about this time period. However, I don't think this is the book for me to do that. It definitely sounds too in depth for someone like me who just wants to learn a little more about Alaska and the gold rush. Thanks for the review though.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley's Latest Review: "Fortunate Monsters" by Nancy Fulton
User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 2856
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
Currently Reading: Strong Heart
Bookshelf Size: 106 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 87%

Re: Official Review: Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One, Up to 190

Post Number:#5 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 19 Apr 2017, 09:20

kandscreeley wrote:I would love to learn more about this time period. However, I don't think this is the book for me to do that. It definitely sounds too in depth for someone like me who just wants to learn a little more about Alaska and the gold rush. Thanks for the review though.


Although well-written, this is a pretty hefty read!
"no one down here" --- Up the Down Staircase
greenstripedgiraffe's Latest Review: "Lovely Rita" by Randall Blair
User avatar
greenstripedgiraffe
 
Posts: 583
Joined: 22 Oct 2015, 10:47
Currently Reading: Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Bookshelf Size: 218 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests

Navigation

Return Home » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Non-Fiction Books