The Shoemakers Wife is a touching tale of two hardworking and determined young Italians who are destined to be together. However, one incident after another keeps the two people apart, and their journey is finding the right place and the right time to connect. This is great historical fiction that takes you into the lives of various people who are trying to survive and make something for themselves in the early 1800s.
U.S. Marshal Kelsey O'Brien and Texas Ranger Logan Raintree are brought in to assist with the investigation of a serial killer in San Antonio. As they learn more it becomes clear that both have been selected for their abilities to communicate with the dead. The murders seem to have a connection with the Alamo and an incident that occurred at a historic hotel in the early 1800’s. As Kelsey and Logan investigate they receive some clues from apparitions. Graham does a superb job of interweaving Texas history, a romance, a modern day murder investigation, and some paranormal activity to create an interesting and absorbing tale.
Pettersson begins with Larsson's childhood in rural Sweden, his love of reading as a child, and his early career in journalism. He explores how Larsson's commitment to left-wing causes, social injustice, and work as an anti-fascist activist influenced his Millenium Trilogy. I found Larsson a very interesting and dedicated person, and this book has inspired me to read Larsson's novels.
Homesteaders in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920's, Jack and Mabel live a quiet life of hard work and routine. They are still longing for a child and one snowy evening build a child out of snow. The next morning the child is gone but tiny footprints leading into the woods remain. The story develops with sightings and encounters and turns into a magical and meaningful tale of love and transformation.
Beethoven's 9th Symphony remains one of the most precedent-shattering and influential compositions in the history of music. It amazed and confused listeners at its premier in Vienna yet became a standard for subsequent generations of creative artists. The author treats this subject as part biography, part history, and part memoir - and explores the amazing talent of a composer who was already deaf but could produce such a masterpiece. Not an easy read but worth the effort.
Set during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, City of Thieves is narrated through Lev, a young man caught looting a dead German soldier and his friendship with Kolya, a deserter of the Red Army. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are sent on an impossible mission to find two dozen eggs in Leningrad for the wedding of a colonel’s daughter. This journey of Lev and Kolya’s is one of humor, adventure, and tragedy as it keeps the reader guessing as to what Lev and Kolya will go through next in their mission to not only find two dozen eggs but save their lives as well.
This is one of the best books that I have read recently. It is the true story of an outbreak of diptheria in Nome, Alaska in 1925. During winter, Nome is completely isolated from the rest of the world, the only access is by dog sled over hundreds of miles of frozen tundra, across mountains and water. In order to get the life-saving serum to Nome's dying children, a relay of mushers and dog teams is organized to transport the medicine, at great danger to the men and dogs involved. It is an amazing and heart-warming tale of man's and dog's courage in the face of almost unimaginable conditions.
A touching historical fiction book told from the perspective of spunky 11-year-old “Turtle”. As Turtle's mother takes on a new job that will not allow children, she is sent to live with her family in Florida, who she does not know. When Turtle arrives she is convinced that she will not like anything about Florida or her family. As Turtle discovers, her adventure is just beginning and nothing is quite what it seems.
Bauermeister spent time in Italy with her family and picked up a love of “slow food.” Her descriptions of food and cooking will make your mouth water. This is the story of a chef, Lillian who has her own restaurant and offers Monday night cooking classes. Eight very different students gather for different reasons to learn to cook. The recipes they make come from the different needs and desires of the students. This book is a quick read and a treat for the soul.
Druckerman gives us an interesting look into French parenting techniques and insight into striving for autonomy in children at an early age. She and her British husband are living in Paris indefinitely and during that time they have 3 children. She notices how French children seem to behave better, need less attention and are still very happy. They sleep through the night at an early age, are pleasant at meal times, eat their vegetables without a fuss and never whine! This sparked my interest and I thoroughly enjoyed looking at parenting in a different way. Although it is considered a parenting book, the author makes it very interesting by using her own experiences and insight into the trials and joyful times in her day to day life.