Never Eat Your Heart Out by Judith Moore

neveatI must have gained at least five pounds reading this memoir as Ms. Moore retraces her life, the momentous adulterous affair, and her early love of food.  She inserts many historical side notes of the dishes she cooks and was served.  Her deliciously addictive hyperbole reveals a witty connection with all the senses as I hungered throughout the book.  I just had to make her comforting rice pudding! ~Ann

Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards

chosehorseCan two afflicted souls learn to face life and death?  Susan Richards’ memoir is touching, heartfelt, and open.  When she decides to adopt an abused horse, Lay Me Down, she begins to repair her own damaged life and learns to love again and start living.  This book made me cry with the author. ~Ann

The Art Thief by Noah Charney

artheifIn three different cities there are three thefts that happen and are being investigated at the same time.  In Paris, Bizot, with the aid of Delocloche try to analyze bizarre clues and puzzles to decipher the mystery of the disappearance of Malevich’s “White on White.” In Rome, Coffin, helps the police investigate the disappearance of a Caravaggio altarpiece from a church.  In London, Inspector Wichenden, helps the National Gallery of Modern Art ransom the stolen art they had just purchased for six million pounds.  The thread that ties these thefts are slowly entwined and tighten the suspenseful conclusion.  The author delves into the world of art history, auction houses, and museums that will end in a very satisfying read.   (If you like The Thomas Crown Affair you will like this book.)  ~Ann

 

Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell by Anne Edwards

taraA biography of the famous author, Margaret Mitchell, whose novel Gone With the Wind made her a household name. It took her seven years to complete, and it was the only  book she wrote. Margaret Mitchell was a longtime resident of Atlanta, Georgia. She learned its history since her childhood, since her grandfather had been in the Confederate army, and she was fond of the stories and writings on Civil War.  Based on her in-depth research and imagination, along with the encouragement of her second husband, John Marsh, the book  was finally published.   Because of its popularity, MGM studios made it a movie, which circulated around the world for many, many years.  Fame and success didn’t bring much happiness and comfort to her– her poor health haunted her in her later years, and she died  a tragic death. A fascinating biography, even though it is dated.

Unsinkable: A Memoir by Debbie Reynolds

unsinkBaby faced, sweet, and funny, Debbie Reynolds was one of my favorite actresses. Her films Singing in the Rain and  The Unsinkable Molly Brown have been my favorites. By reading her recent memoir, I learned more about the person and show business.  Starting her career at 16, until now (at 82), she has had a long successful one. She made many films, some are memorable, some are not. She was dedicated and conscientious in learning her craft.  Her personal life wasn’t as smooth as her career. There were lots of ups and downs.  She was married three times but failed at each one. The worst was the first one to Eddie Fisher who, in deserting her for her good friend  Elizabeth  Taylor, made headline news.   However, like the role she played, she was unsinkable.   She has the old sense of values– honor her parents,  respect her friends, adore her two children.  She dreamed of preserving her collection of film memorabilia, but finally had to abandon her plan in order to  defray debts from her ex.  If you are a movie fan, you’ll enjoy reading many interesting anecdotes of those famous stars. A light read for film buffs.

Molokai by Alan Brennert

molokaiWhen Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old girl living in Hawaii in the 1890’s, is discovered to have contracted leprosy, she is sent away to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning. Great historical fiction with unforgettable characters.

 

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

persianpIn Depression-era Harveyville, Kansas, the women enjoy meeting weekly to chat and sew. Queenie Bean is a young farm wife who especially enjoys socializing with the other members of the Persian Pickle Club.  But what happens when a new member uncovers a dark secret? For fans of Fannie Flagg, or anyone who enjoys reading evocative historical fiction with well-drawn characters.

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