While delving into archives and researching her new book about the murder of the Russian imperial family 100 years ago, The Race to Save the Romanovs, Rappaport celebrated the digital age. "I am able to go back so far in time and look at documents and newspapers that have been digitized from so very long ago. It is quite remarkable what has happened with computers,’’ she said. At the same time, Rappaport has realized this: "Say I fell under a bus tomorrow. My daughters don’t know the code to get into my iPhone, so much of my personal information would go with me. For historians in the future, in terms of the legacy people leave, the loss of the typed personal letters and hand-written diaries is going to be a huge problem.’’
What’s on your nightstand?
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar. I like this because it is so well-written. It is wonderful with its fantasy. It’s a good one to read before bed. And another one I have is The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements. It is a Victorian atmospheric fiction, and I enjoy that kind of book. I read so much history during working hours, so I enjoy reading novels for entertainment.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writere_SFrB