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September 2009: What are you reading?

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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue September 1st, 2009, 10:44 pm

I'm reading Deliah by India Edghill.
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Post by diamondlil » Wed September 2nd, 2009, 1:29 am

Just started The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Barnes this morning.
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Post by Ariadne » Wed September 2nd, 2009, 2:50 am

Finishing up J.H. Schryer's Goodnight Vienna, about British intelligence agents operating during the Nazi takeover of Austria circa 1938, and hope to have a review written soon.

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Post by Telynor » Wed September 2nd, 2009, 4:57 am

I'm working through two nonfiction books right now:

Cruise Guide to Europe and the Mediterranean -- naturally...

The Medieval Cook by Barbara Henisch; found out what William Marshal had for his last meal.

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Post by Amanda » Wed September 2nd, 2009, 5:04 am

[quote=""Telynor""]I'm working through two nonfiction books right now:

The Medieval Cook by Barbara Henisch; found out what William Marshal had for his last meal.[/quote]

I've got this book on the wishlist. I'll be interested in what you think about it at the end Telynor.

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Post by Chatterbox » Wed September 2nd, 2009, 7:33 am

Just finished re-reading a Catherine Gavin book (None Dare Call it Treason, part of a WW2 trilogy) and now am reading a NF by Rebecca Solnit. Very intriguing, about how disasters bring about communal action, a sense of purpose, etc.

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Post by Miss Moppet » Wed September 2nd, 2009, 1:17 pm

[quote=""Veronica""]Please let me know what you think about. Got this only a month ago or so but haven't even got close to reading it yet. Scared that her books might be "heavy" reading.[/quote]

AF strikes a balance between academic and popular - her books are usually very readable but backed up with sources (although I wish she'd annotate each statement instead of just the paragraph). I picked up the Louis XIV book not expecting to discover anything new but there were one or two sources I didn't know about, so it was worth it. She has been known to make mistakes - in her Marie Antoinette book she was talking about MA redecorating her Versailles bedroom and said MA ordered a new white platform for the bed - translating French 'dais' as 'dais/platform' in English when what it actually means is 'canopy.' If she'd used her common sense/done some more research/opened a dictionary she would have realised her mistake. But stuff like that is fairly minor. The academic world tends to scoff at her, read her books as soon as they come out, then scoff at her some more.

What I'm trying to say, Veronica, after all that is - yes, I recommend it.

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Post by Chatterbox » Wed September 2nd, 2009, 2:15 pm

Telynor -- don't leave us in suspense -- what did William Marshal have for his last meal??

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Post by 4ever Queen » Wed September 2nd, 2009, 3:41 pm

Im finishing up Shadow by SK Penman. and should be starting on Hug & Bess by Susan H. Looking frwrd to it! Happy readings!

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Post by Nefret » Wed September 2nd, 2009, 7:04 pm

[quote=""diamondlil""]Just started The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Barnes this morning.[/quote]

Is the new copy? Or an older one? Because I would like that book. If it is in print.

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