Monday, May 27, 2013
When Thomas Avery’s son, Daniel, is killed in the Pyrenees, Thomas leaves California to retrieve Daniel’s body. Once he gets to France, Thomas discovers that Daniel was walking the Camino de Santiago, which is a pilgrimage that is, at its roots, spiritual but is taken for many other reasons. For his own personal motives, which are both glaringly obvious and maddeningly discreet, Thomas decides to make the pilgrimage.
Saturday, Oct 6, 2012
I bought this book at Faulkner House Books on Pirate’s Alley in New Orleans and read at least half of it in the New Orleans airport, on the plane and in the Chicago airport on the way home. Let’s put it this way: We were supposed to get home at 6:30 in the evening, but due to delays and a missed connection, we did not actually make
Monday, Aug 20, 2012
It’s been 24 hours since I’ve finished Code Name Verity, and I am still staring at a wall, recovering.
Friday, Dec 9, 2011
This book could be called a modern science mystery. It follows the story of Louis XVII, son of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, and his older sister. While his sister survived her imprisonment, remarried and continued her life as part of European royalty, her little brother died under mysterious circumstances at the hands of French revolutionaries. The official records state
Thursday, Aug 18, 2011
The first in the Rashis’s Daughters trilogy, Joheved is a perfect blend of inspiration, religion and historical fiction. Rashi was a real person who wrote some of the most well-known and studied Torah commentaries in existence. While the name Rashi is widely recognized, little, if anything, is known about his daughters.
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011
Having enjoyed the first three season's of Showtimes "The Tudors", I was anxious to view this fourth and final season. In this final season, we meet King Henry VIII's last two wives, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr, who are played beautifully by Tamzin Merchant and Joely Richardson, respectively. The entire season is comprised of only 10 episodes. The first five episodes deal with King Henry's affair and marriage to the very young and morally questionable Katherine Howard
Thursday, Dec 2, 2010
Rated by Sandra S.
Classed as a Mystery Thriller at the local bookstore and as Fiction at JCL, The Expected One follows protagonist journalist Maureen Pascal as she does research for her new novel. In the process, she discovers ancient mysteries involving the Cathar peoples of southwest France and uncovers legends including Mary Magdalene and a gospel that she wrote describing her life as Jesus’ wife and his teachings.
Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010
Belgian novelist Georges Simenon is best known for his detective series featuring Parisian policeman Jules Maigret. But he also wrote a number of bleak psychological novels that deal with people whose lives are disrupted by seemingly random happenings or impulses. The Engagement, published in 1933 is about a middle-aged, overweight loner named Mr. Hire who finds social interaction difficult.