If you’ve been hanging out here in the Margin’s for a while, you may have noticed a pattern to histories about women’s contributions in times of war. Groundbreaking women kick their way through a closed door against the military and society’s objections. After they prove their worth, the military opens its arms in invitation, and…

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Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter got the word yesterday* and may want to skim to the bottom of the post. But for the rest of you: After hinting for months, I’m pleased to tell you that I have a contract with Beacon Press for a new book and I’m ready to begin…

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Forensic medicine is a familiar concept today to anyone who reads mystery novels or watches police procedural dramas on television. But as recently as 1944 only one to two percent of the questionable deaths in the United States were investigated by qualified medical examiners. In 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee…

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