Rooftops of Tehran: by Mahbod Seraji

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Now this was an amazing novel. I am always intrigued by other cultures, especially ones we have a limited view of without distortion from the media. Seraji himself moved to the United States from Iran when he was 20, shortly before his country was thrown into turmoil and the Shah … Continue reading

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: by Jan-Philipp Sendker

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In present-day New York, Julia’s father suddenly disappears, but doesn’t bother to hide his tracks which lead to Burma; the country he came from in 1942. She finds a note from the 1960′s he wrote referencing a woman he left behind, and her cold high-fashion mother indicates that Julia’s father … Continue reading

The Regency (Morland Dynasty 13): by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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You aren’t going to believe this, but the era of Napoleon’s iron-grip of Europe isn’t even close to over, that rascal. Having been beaten by England’s navy, the madman decided to go attack Russia, which as we all should know is a bad idea and is going to end badly. … Continue reading

The Victory (Morland Dynasty 12): by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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More Napoleonic Era! I thought of grouping at least four of these together, but it simply covers too much personal history in the lives of the Morland family characters. This book really piggybacks onto the one before it, ‘The Emperor’ and much is the same. Unfortunately for Lucy’s marriage to … Continue reading

The Emperor (Morland Dynasty 11): by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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The year is 1705 and Napoleon is in full force, charging here and there across Europe with that monstrous combination of arrogance and skill that the man displayed. As a result of the Napoleonic Wars, both England and France are in upheaval as one might well imagine, and the Morland … Continue reading

The Tangled Thread (Morland Dynasty 10): by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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The story moves to France for the duration of the French Revolution, a bloody and terrible time in France’s history. We became acquainted with Henri in the last book, a hopeless womanizer who at last meets the love of his life but lost her before her realized it. His daughter, … Continue reading

Out of Egypt: by André Aciman

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Egypt in another world, Alexandria in a time that will never come again. André Aciman lays down an intricate web that covers four generations of a family that truly belongs nowhere, and struggles for identity as cultural and racial worlds collide. The term Jewish diaspora simply means the scattering of … Continue reading

Daughter of the King; Growing up in Gangland: by Sandra Lansky and William Stadiem

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Well well well, I’ve finally read a current book, courtesy of my new library card. I’ve been liking biographies and memoirs lately so I thought the story of an American Princess, raised in secluded luxury oblivious to the dangerous world her gangster father kept from her would be an amazing … Continue reading