Social history


When Cartier was the girls’ best friend

November 28, 2019 12:12 am

The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire by Francesca Cartier Brickell reviewed


The minefield of mime: ‘halt’ to an American signifies ‘hi’ to an Arab

December 13, 2018 2:27 pm

Dictionary of Gestures: Expressive Comportments and Movements in Use Around the World by François Caradec reviewed


How any mother — or baby — survived childbirth before the 20th century is astonishing

December 13, 2018 2:02 pm

The Hand that Rocked the Cradle: The Art of Birth and Infancy by Sue Laurence reviewed