Monday, January 21, 2008
By JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ
The year is 1959 and Haruko, a young woman of good family, marries the Crown Prince of Japan, the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. The Japenese monarchy is the longest running in the world, is very mysterious, and has never allowed a royal marriage to a non-aristocrat such has Haruko. The young girl soon finds herself met with cruelty and suspicion by the Empress and her minions. It becomes clear that Haruko's only importance is her ability to produce an heir to the throne. This story follows the outsider, Haruko, as she struggles to maintain a role in the ancient monarchy. This book looks great, I have been interested in for the last few months. I have been looking for ways to get in touch with the author, John Burnham Schwartz, because I would really like to know more about this book and get a chance to interview him. So, if you read this John, please contact me at KellyHewittLS(at)gmail(dot)com. Stay tuned for more information about this title.
Standard of Honor
By JACK WHYTE
This is the second novel (after Knights of the Black and White) in the popular historical trilogy about the rise and fall of the powerful and mysterious Templars, from the author of the immensely popular Camulod Chronicles. The series features the Scottish Templar Alexander Sinclair, King Richard the Lionheart, and his favorite teacher Sir Henry St. Clair. Jack Whyte is always on his A game and it looks like Standard of Honor is no different. Anybody out there following this series? Drop a comment to share the premise of the first book.
God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215
By DAVID LEVERING LEWIS This blog started out talking about fiction but as the months have passed I have worked to include books of many genres both fiction and nonfiction. This, of course, includes my personal obsession: history. This book, which looks at the history of Islamic culture in early Europe, is written by a Pulitzer Prize winning author who reexamines what was once thought to be true. Lewis' previous books include: When Harlem Was in Vogue, W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race, W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963.
Every Last Cuckoo
By KATE MALOY
In Kate Maloy's last book, A Stone Bridge North, she looked at the Quaker faith in the north. Both Quaker faith and the north play a part in Maloy's newest book, Every Last Cuckoo. The book begins during a particularly severe Vermont winter when 75-year-old Sarah Lucas' husband, Charles, dies. Sarah, grief-stricken, delves into her past, remembering the Great Depression, a time when her parents welcomed countless friends and relations into their home. Sarah also laments on some of the missteps she made as a parent. A chance to rectify and relive all of these situations appear when Sarah's own teenage granddaughter; an Israeli pacifist; a devastated young mother and child— arrive, all seek shelter and solace in Sarah's too-empty home. The remainder of the book delves into the experiences of Sarah and her new guests as they overcome, together, some of the darkest periods of their past.
The Secret Between Us
By BARBARA DELINSKY
Deborah Monroe and her daughter, Grace, are driving home from a party when their car hits a man running in the dark. Grace was at the wheel, but Deborah sends her home before the police arrive, determined to shoulder the blame for the accident. Her decision then turns into a deception that takes on a life of its own and threatens the special bond between mother and daughter. The Secret Between Us is a story about making bad choices for the right reasons and the terrible consequences of a lie gone wrong. Barbara Delinsky's previous book include: Family Tree, More Than Friends, Together Alone, Shades of Grace and many more.
By HARI KUNZRU