Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012
QB VII is a work of historical fiction that was written in 1970 and that takes place from the 1940’s to 1967. QB VII is a courthouse in London where a good portion of the book takes place. Before getting to the trial, the story follows the lives of Dr.
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012
The Chaperone is Laura Moriarty’s fourth novel and her first historical fiction. As the title suggests, Moriarty created an unforgettable heroine in an ordinary and conservative chaperone, Cora Carlisle. Cora is a respectable and sensible mother and wife of a prosperous Wichita lawyer with a seemingly perfect life.
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.
Thursday, Jul 19, 2012
Despite the Colley family remaining neutral during the Civil War, the Missouri Union Militia sets fire to their home, leaving young Adair with only her two sisters. Together the three set out to navigate war-torn Missouri – an environment so inhospitable it makes Armageddon seem manageable. Adair is brave and intelligent, but the threats that surround her create an unbeatable monster. Once separated from her sisters, she’s sent to prison in St. Louis on charges of treason.
Monday, Jul 16, 2012
Surprisingly, this book is not about Prague, or its famous cemetery; in fact only about 100 out of 460 pages cover anything remotely relating to Prague. The Prague Cemetery describes infamous hoaxes, forgeries and plagiarisms of the 19th century and how they fueled some of the most notable historical events that humanity would rather forget.
Sunday, Apr 29, 2012
If you remember how Watergate unfolded, this fictionalized character study will read much easier than if you know it only as a political chronology.
Friday, Apr 6, 2012
This book is about a magic house towering above the Czech city of Brno. The house was custom built by a visionary architect for a Jewish-Catholic newlywed couple in the 1920s. The new house projects wealth, self-confidence, beauty and a new architectural form. The couple only gets to enjoy the house until the country is occupied by the Nazi army and the family has to leave everything behind and flee. Their lives as refugees continue from country to country.
Saturday, Mar 10, 2012
The Last Queen is a fictionalized autobiography of Juana of Castile, known to history as Juana la Loca, the daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain. The third child of their Catholic Majesties is betrothed to Philip the Fair, Duke of Burgundy, grandson and heir of the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. (I had occasionally wondered how Spain got into t
Sunday, Mar 4, 2012
In Ordinary Heroes, retired newpaperman Stewart Dubinsky has discovered a packet of wartime letters his late father wrote to a former fiancé. He learned of his father’s court-martial and imprisonment and was determined to learn more about this man who remained distant to him in life. As he pieced together events provided by his father’s former defense attorney and from a memoir his father wrote in prison, he began
Thursday, Jan 19, 2012
Oh, what fun!!! Allende has invented a beginning for the Zorro stories. I remember the TV series and I was totally smitten with the swashbuckling, mysterious avenger. Okay, I was just a kid, but the TV Zorro was a much more convincing character than any other swashbucklers I’d seen—Errol Flynn and Gene Kelly, to name them all. So to learn the family background an