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What are you reading currently?  I'm going away between Christmas and New Year's and need to bring something with me.   The last two books that I read were Rashi's Daughters: Joheved and Julie and Julia.


Rashi's Daughters is a fictional account of the lives of the daughters of one of the most respected Talmudic commentators.  Anyway, this book focuses on the life of his eldest daughter, whom the author, Maggie Anton, calls Joheved.  It's an interesting mix of Talmudic debate, middle-ages historical fiction, and coming of age story.  Enjoyable and recommended.


Julie and Julia is the book form of Julie Powell's blog about cooking every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 in a year.  Powell spends a fair amount of time covering her cooking foibles but addresses many other details of her life and her friends' lives.  One reviewer complains that she spends too many words on her friends' sex lives and her endocrine problems - I found it all interesting.  Definitely recommended to this crowd.


So, now that I've shared, I'm hoping that you'll reciprocate with some suggestions for what's next.  I tend to read more non-fiction than fiction these days.




Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible


Edited 12/17/2006 11:13 pm ET by StevenHB

Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible
jaq's picture

(post #46712, reply #138 of 164)

Let me know if you like that one- it's not normally the time period I'm drawn to either, but I'll read it if she does as good a job on it as she did on Mistress!

courgette's picture

(post #46712, reply #139 of 164)

Are you refering to The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova? That is one of my favourite books. It was a gift to DH Christmas 05 and I just wasn't interested. But then I got desperate for something to read and loved it from the start. I believe it was her first book. Hard act to follow!


Mo

Adele's picture

(post #46712, reply #140 of 164)

I could of sworn I wrote her name, but it is Ariana Franklin.


Jag- The City of Shadows is good so far, stayed up too late last night. 


 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

courgette's picture

(post #46712, reply #141 of 164)

You did.


But I can't find a book by her called The Historian. The one I like is by Elizabeth Kostova. It's about Count Vlad Dracula and set between present day and historical times. Not something I would have thought I would like, but I did, very much. Is this the one you were referring to?


Mo

Adele's picture

(post #46712, reply #142 of 164)

http://www.authortrek.com/ariana_franklin_page.html


You are correct.  I'll have to wait until I get home to see where I got The Historian from.  I'm thinking perhaps there was a blurb on the back of City of Shadows, perhaps by the author of The Historian?  No matter what, I'll put that on my library list. 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Adele's picture

(post #46712, reply #154 of 164)

Okay, I re-read the back of the City of Shadows and it says:  ...if you liked the Historian, you'll enjoy City of Shadows


It didn't say that the Historian was by another author, which led me to believe it was by City of Shadows and the Mistress.  :)


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

jaq's picture

(post #46712, reply #156 of 164)

I hated "The Historian" but loved "Mistress of the Art of Death"!  Lots of times, if both novels are historical fiction, that is enough to relate them to each other with blurbs.


 


Or if both novels have a dog in them, or if both novels have cooking in them...

Adele's picture

(post #46712, reply #157 of 164)

The City of Shadows is not as interesting as Mistress.  I'm almost to the halfway point.  Won't ruin anything for you by saying it's about the tszarina's of Russia- Anastasia in particular. (or perhaps not- LOL).  The poverty of that time is unbelievable.  I am really liking the main character, Esther, and the police officer who is just beginning to come into the story. 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

jaq's picture

(post #46712, reply #160 of 164)

Thanks for the update! That's a particularly depressing period of history. I may stick to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, where I can at least pretend there was some romance, though I know better.

collwen's picture

(post #46712, reply #59 of 164)

If anyone is looking for last minute gift ideas, Team of Rivals is a really good gift for history buffs. I gave it to my Dad (a retired US Historty teacher) and he loved it. 

collwen's picture

(post #46712, reply #58 of 164)

The Omnivore's Dilemma, and I just finished Friends, Lovers & Chocolate from the Sunday Philosophers Club series.  I also recently read My Life in France, by Julia Child and her great-nephew.  It's a wonderful read.

Regality's picture

(post #46712, reply #101 of 164)

Just finished Michael Chabon's The Final Solution and James Madison by Garry Wills.  Now am reading Killer Dreams, by Iris Johansen; The Husband, by Dean Koontz; and Dharma Lion A Biography of Allen Ginsberg, by Michael Schumacher,

 


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pamilyn's picture

(post #46712, reply #117 of 164)

I'm reading Cooks Talk, LOL. Playing catch up. Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Regality's picture

(post #46712, reply #118 of 164)

The Line of Beauty, Dharma Lion, and Hannibal Rising.

 


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