Currently ReadingBoston and the Civil War / Barbara Berenson – my talented friend Barbara has followed up her successful Walking Tours of Civil War Boston with a book that reveals to Revolutionary War-obsessed fans that Boston was actually the hub of a second revolution that ended slavery. My mother has a friend who is a descendant of William Lloyd Garrison so I was always aware of the role of the abolitionists – this provides a close look at those "dedicated to ending slavery and honoring the promise of liberty made in the Declaration of Independence."
Country of Broken Stone / Nancy Bond - Next week I am heading to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to visit Fort Louisbourg, the setting of Bond’s Another Shore, which shows what a big fan I am of this talented Massachusetts author. Somehow I had been unaware of this book, set near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, about a girl dealing with a new stepmother and stepsiblings. Bond is gifted at making historical places seem magical.
In preparation for the Starz adaptation, I reread Outlander / Diana Gabaldon, which is just as amazing as when I first snagged an ARC on my last day at Bantam Doubleday Dell in 1991 (and after numerous previous rereads). Of course, that meant I had to reread Dragonfly in Amber (despite all the library books waiting for me), and I just reclaimed my copy of Voyager (book 3) from my mother. Here is a link to the forthcoming miniseries - I have put away my usual skepticism because it really appears to be a good and respectful production. The production company has really chosen actors who look the part, even if Jamie's hair isn't as red as I expected.
The Eyre Affair / Jasper Fforde – a belated thank you to Sessalee Hensley who gave me a copy of this book when it was brand new. Somehow I got distracted; perhaps I found the beginning slow or maybe I was in the middle of law school exams. However, once it got going I was completely captivated. I would describe it as the Phantom Tollbooth for grownups, and what higher compliment could there be?
We Were Liars / E. Lockhart – which I liked but did not love. Intriguing but ultimately too much prolonged melancholy and the ending seemed abrupt. I didn't like the characters and maybe I just don’t care for unreliable narrators. I prefer her Ruby books and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau but admire her for trying something new.
I’ve Got You Under My Skin / Mary Higgins Clark – predictable but this was a good book to listen to on CD during a stressful week because it was extremely repetitive (you would think she was writing a Dickensian serial) and undemanding. However, the characters were mostly unlikeable and the killer unconvincing. Not one of her best.
(Outlander image copyright to Starz)
Boston and the Civil War looks excellent--you're right, despite my recent reading about abolition, I think of Boston in relation to the Rev War but not the Civil War, but Boston played a big role in the Civil War.
Both Nancy Bond books look so interesting. I like both settings, especially Hadrian's Wall.
I am so excited for Outlander on STARZ--I reread book 1 in anticipation, but didn't think I needed to tackle Dragonfly for a reread yet. I just started her latest book. Just love this series so much!
I was charmed by The Eyre Affair by never felt compelled to read any of the other books by Fforde. Too many other books to read, I suppose.
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