Katzenhaus Books was founded on the belief that history books do not tell the whole story. We are dedicated to "telling the stories behind the history," seeking out the obscure individuals whose unsung heroism and sustained efforts made the spectacular successes of history's "heroes" possible. The little black cat of our logo represents one of the quiet ones who sits and watches, always knowing more than she lets on.
The author of our books, Carolyn Poling Schriber, received her PhD in History from the University of Colorado, where she studied medieval Europe and 19th-century America. She enjoyed a career as a tenured professor at Rhodes College, specializing in medieval history and publishing extensively on relationships between Anglo-Norman bishops and kings in the twelfth century. After she retired with Professor Emerita status, she turned her attention to her second love, the history of America's Civil War.
Her first published works, A Scratch with the Rebels and Beyond All Price, are both been set in South Carolina during the northern occupation of the Low Country. A Scratch with the Rebels illuminates the depth and diversity of perspectives from ordinary soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Beyond All Price tells the story of Nellie Chase, who served as matron and nurse in the Roundhead Regiment from Pennsylvania. Nellie fought her own series of wars, against an abusive husband, against a vengeful Presbyterian minister, against nineteenth-century attitudes toward women who lacked the protection of family status, and ultimately, against a foe more lethal than war itself.
This year, our publishing arm has stretched a bit to include coverage of Dr. Schriber's other fields of expertise. Her first book of 2012, The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese, originated as a series of blog posts written by Dr. Schriber as she struggled to find her own way through what she calls the "thickets of self-publishing." The lessons she learned along the way helped her to win two separate book awards and to find herself listed among the top 100 Amazon best Sellers in Historical Fiction. Now she is sharing her writing secrets. She re-issued her first scholarly monograph as a trade paper edition. The Dilemma of Arnulf of Lisieux will take readers back to the twelfth century. And there is more to come.