They were the Princess Dianas of their day—perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses—Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov—were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle. Over the years, the story of the
Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his
A life spanning close to 100 years is noteworthy, if only because of its longevity. The rich life of a woman committed to a professional vision ahead of its time, filled with glamour, excitement, and adventure, is truly remarkable. Narrated in her own words, this is the story of such a woman, Eva Maze, who,
Remember my tangent from the other day about historical context, and how important it is to know the environment in which the book you are reading was written? I just finished a horribly confusing book–until I googled. Sometimes, I just get so far in over my head that I have to look up what the
Hemingway, you can just Obscenity OFF!! And yes. He really does replace the F-bomb with the word Obscenity in For Whom the Bell Tolls. It’s about the most annoying thing ever. That, and the Thee and Thou and Thy. Am I reading the King James Version of the Bible?
The show Downton Abbey has always intrigued me. I’ve caught a few episodes of the first season, but at that point it wasn’t on Netflix, so I couldn’t watch the whole thing in order. Now that everyone is watching it, I’m dying to watch the whole thing, because I know I’ll be instantly hooked. Which is