Becoming Josephine, Catherine Bailey, Churchill's First War, Con Coughlin, Elisabeth Storrs, Francine Prose, Heather Webb, historical fiction, historical fiction authors, historical novel society, Indu Sundaresan, Margaret Evans Porter, Markus Zusak, Melanie Benjamin, Monique Truong, Reading Like a Writer, The Aviator's Wife, The Book of Salt, The Book Thief, The Golden Dice, The Mountain of Light, The Proposal, The Secret Rooms
I’ve read a surprising number of books since Christmas, keeping track of them in a beautiful notebook my great friend Edith gave me.
The story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her husband Charles. Anne struggles with the reality that her life is defined and tightly controlled by Charles. As their marriage unfolds, she realizes that her husband was greatly affected by “the dark side of fame.” Despite all their troubles, Charles says that he “only ever wanted to be [her] hero”.
A compelling read.
I have to confess that I did not finish this novel. I found the notion of death as the narrator did not suit me.
Nonetheless, Zusak offers an intriguing approach and a voice that creates an impending sense of doom. This book was recently done as a movie.
A work of non-fiction I read as a reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. The review won’t be posted until the May issue but as a sneak peek, The Secret Rooms is a terrific story with double-dealing, deliberately destroyed evidence from a Duke’s life, the inner workings of high society, a family curse and world war one.
Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
A fascinating novel chock full of superb prose. I reviewed this recently in Book Club Gals Read The Book of Salt.
Binh is the Vietnamese cook for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Through his story we are also exposed to those of Gertrude and Alice and the many artists and writers who gathered around them in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Francine Prose discusses words, sentences, paragraphs, character, dialogue, details, gesture and learning from Chekhov.
Many good thoughts for writers. While I found some chapters more helpful than others, my copy is full of underlined passages and ideas that I will try to incorporate into my writing.
A novel set during the wars between the Etruscans and Rome and told through the eyes of three strong women. I was captivated by the story of Caecilia, Semni and Pinna, three very different women, and the men they loved.
A delightful story about Sophie Pinnock, a lonely young widow, and Cassian Carysfort, a mysterious earl, who clash over a neglected castle garden, a suspicious past, and secrets that threaten their blossoming love.
Porter’s dialogue and descriptions are excellent and she has created a romance that offers depth, as well as twists and turns.
Heather Webb has crafted the story of Rose Tascher originally from Martinique who sails for France to wed Alexander Beauharnais. As France undergoes the turmoil of the revolution, Rose matures. By the time she meets Napoleon Bonaparte, who gives her the name Josephine, she has become an influential woman in her own right. A wonderful read set in a time of great change.
At the moment, I’m reading two more books: The Mountain of Light by Indu Sundaresan and Churchill’s First War by Con Coughlin.
Why read one book when you can juggle two at the same time?