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What are you reading June 2012?

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rockygirl
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Post by rockygirl » Wed June 13th, 2012, 3:21 am

Currently reading Finding Grace by Shirley Taylor Haizlip. It's a follow up to her book, The Sweeter the Juice. They're memoir, not HF. However, they may appeal to a lot of HF fans, as the books are compellingly written. Haizlip's African-American mother was abandoned by her family as a child because her skin was too dark. The rest of the family had such light skin that they were able to "pass" for white. The family was separated for 70 years. The first book tells about the family history and compares the "white" family's life with the "black" family's life. The second book about tells the story of what happened after the family was reunited (according to the dust jacket, I'm only on page 27). When I read The Sweeter the Juice, it really got me thinking about race in America. I am of Native American and European American descent, and looking at the census records in the early 20th century, I found that my grandfather and his family were listed as White, Black, and Mulatto, never as Indian, which was an option then. His children would all identify themselves as white and were surprised at the family reunion when I revealed my findings about Pop's childhood "race." Anyway, I give you this long-winded musing because I just felt that these books are underread, but have an important American story to tell about what race really means in today's world.

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Wed June 13th, 2012, 2:50 pm

Currently reading Donna Gillespie's Lady of the Light.

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
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Preferred HF: Any
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Post by Vanessa » Fri June 15th, 2012, 5:29 pm

I've just started House of Silence by Linda Gillard.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Nefret
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Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Fri June 15th, 2012, 8:00 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Currently reading Donna Gillespie's Lady of the Light.[/quote]

Cool. I've been meaning to read that, and the other book.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Post by Susan » Sat June 16th, 2012, 12:43 pm

The Queen's Vow: A Novel Of Isabella Of Castile by C.W. Gortner
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Post by princess garnet » Sat June 16th, 2012, 7:26 pm

Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory (paperback ed)

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Darkest Evening" by Ann Cleeves
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Sun June 17th, 2012, 11:31 am

I've just started "Now you see me" by S J Bolton - modern crime meets Jack the Ripper.
Currently reading: "The Darkest Evening" by Ann Cleeves

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rockygirl
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Post by rockygirl » Sun June 17th, 2012, 2:07 pm

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

I'm devouring this one.
Currently reading Cocaine Blues.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun June 17th, 2012, 5:05 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I've just started "Now you see me" by S J Bolton - modern crime meets Jack the Ripper.[/quote]

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Post by Berengaria » Sun June 17th, 2012, 8:14 pm

I'm reading Four Sisters All Queens by Sherry Jones. I wonder how the women of the day managed to be strong enough to endure marriage to men they hardly knew and might not like, to deal with endless pregnancies, to accept the deaths of so many of their children. Makes me feel rather humbled.
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