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Dysfunctional Romance in Belle Epoque Paris

Destination: Paris (Belle Epoque–1880s-1920s)

Book: I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira (New February 2014)

Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas–(shown here in portrait and self-portrait by Degas) a dysfunctional romance if  there was one.  That is not a typo. (I did not mean to type “if ever there was one”.)

It is clear in reading I Always Loved You: A Novel that Robin Oliveira had very little fact to go on in her novelized version of the rumored love affair between the American and French artists, but the suspicion is enough to go on. Life among the artists of the Belle Epoque in Paris on the other hand swirls and sparkles just as you would expect in the midst of a gang that included a bunch of nobodies (then) who are artistic treasures (now). Continue reading

Medieval AdventureTravel Comes With Breathtaking Adventure

Book Cover: Hawk Quest
Destination: 11th Century Europe

Book: Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon (NEW April, 2013)

Talk about adventure travel!  Robert Lyndon’s  book of  adventure  travel in the Middle Ages will have you holding your breath as you flip through the pages. I found myself diving headlong into the adventures of French mercenary, Vallon, as he roamed  through Medieval England, Scotland, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Russia to Greece to Anatolia (modern Turkey) surviving one hair-raising adventure after another.  And to add to my awe, this is a first novel, although Lyndon is an experienced non-fiction writer. Continue reading

Two Women and the End of the Ottoman Empire

First in a series of books that feature strong, independent, sometimes unconventional women during Women History Month.

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Destination: Istanbul and Anatolia Turkey (Early 20th Century)

Book: The Dervish by Frances Kazan (NEW February, 2013)

Frances Kazan bases her historical novel on a fairly well-known period of history–post World War I, but it concerns Turkey–whose history is not widely known in the West.  Because Kazan has devoted years to the study of Turkish history, and has written an academic book about Halide Edip, a woman who played a key role in Turkey’s Nationalism movement, the reader will learn the actual details of the struggles between Allied powers, Greeks and Turks as modern Turkey took shape and the Ottoman Empire ended. Continue reading