Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Twelve, Justin Cronin

The Twelve starts off where The Passage ends.  In the attempt to connect the two books, the author is often repetitive. Redundant themes conflict with and run into each other. In trying to fill in the gaps, the story often … Continue reading

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The Midwife of Venice, Roberta Rich

Set in the 16th century, this is the story of, Hannah, a Jewish midwife who is living in the ghetto. Her movements are restricted, as are those of all Jew’s.. Her husband, Isaac) has gone off on a dangerous mission … Continue reading

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The Song Of Achilles, Madeline Miller

Written with the vividly poetic language used in this time period, the retelling of the story of Achilles literally flies off the pages. The Greek mythology comes to life with the pen of this gifted author. Although it is 1200 … Continue reading

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert Massie

This is a magnificent work, a phenomenal accomplishment, describing the reign of Catherine the Great, covering her own history and the future of her reign, including all major and minor players who participated in her march to greatness. The amount … Continue reading

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Paris, A Love Story, Kati Marton

In this audio, the reader deals well with French accents, but she does not inspire me as some readers have, with other books, to feel as if I am witnessing a beautiful performance. This may also be, because the book … Continue reading

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The Sandcastle Girls, Chris Bohjalian

Although, at first, the book might appear to be a love story between an Armenian engineer, Armen, and an American woman, Elizabeth Endicott, of French and Armenian heritage, it is much more about the Armenian genocide of 1915.  When Laura … Continue reading

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This Beautiful Life, Helen Schulman

Once, the Bergamots were the darlings of the Manhattan jet set. Transplanted there by virtue of a job offer Richard Bergamot could not refuse, they packed up and left their happy, small town, suburban lifestyle for the fast pace of … Continue reading

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