Yes. I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but this was a book where the characters made such an indelible impression that I was enchanted. It was beautifully written, impeccably narrated and, despite its length, didn't last long enough.
The character development and the personal view of history in Italy before and during World War II.
Rosa, of course, but most of the recurring characters are well-drawn.
Luciano. Just to have a look.
Yes, there is so much interesting information contained in this book, that a second or third read wouldn't be out of the question, just for all of it to register.
The account of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
It's not that kind of book, although it's full of chuckles.
Like "What Happened to Kansas" and "Don't Think of an Elephant," this book examines why the Republican party has been so successful in its messaging and why Democrats have not. How and why people vote against their economic interest is fascinating - if you are a political junkie. Warning, although the book skewers Democrats for their ability to communicate with voters, it is written from someone with a leftist bent.
Okay, the book involves time travel, is utterly implausible and quirky, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It's definitely a "chick" book, but with an appealing heroine who learns a great deal about herself and the world during her improbable journey back in time.
Even if you don't know much about Charles Darwin or his theory of natural selection, you will enjoy this audio book. Written in a conversational tone, it traces Darwin's life from just after his time on the Beagle to the end of his life and details how he came to write what is arguably the most influential book in history on evolution. I highly recommend the book and its reader.
This story of a veterinary student who loses everything and joins a circus is told through the eyes of a young man and the old man he becomes. It is a touching and tender story of love and loss, richly drawn with characters you'll remember long after you finish the book. The readers - one young, the other old - are exceptional.
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