by Gina Buonaguro (Goodreads Author), Janice Kirk (Goodreads Author)
“A thrilling tale of beaut…more
“A thrilling tale of beauty and ugliness in Renaissance Italy.” -Chatelaine
“A top-notch historical thriller." - Ross King
"The third novel by the Canadian team of Buonaguro and Kirk, and it's the best so far." -Globe & Mail
Rome, 1508. When Francesco Angeli, houseboy to Michelangelo, sees the body of a golden-haired woman being pulled from the Tiber on a rainy morning, he is shocked to realize that he knows her. As Francesco follows a deepening mystery from Rome’s back streets to the pope’s inner sanctum, he begins to realize that danger and corruption may lurk behind the most beautiful of facades. [close]
by Victoria Strauss (Goodreads Author)
This is the warning the Astrologer-Sorcerer gives…more
This is the warning the Astrologer-Sorcerer gives Giulia when she pays him to create a magical talisman for her. The scorned illegitimate daughter of a Milanese nobleman, Giulia is determined to defy the dire fate predicted by her horoscope, and use the talisman to claim what she believes is her heart’s desire: true love and a place where she belongs–not likely prospects for a girl about to be packed off to the cloistered world of a convent.
But the convent of Santa Marta is full of surprises. There are strict rules, long hours of work, and spiteful rivalries…but there’s also friendship, and the biggest surprise of all: a workshop of female artists who produce paintings of astonishing beauty, using a luminous blue mixed from a secret formula: Passion blue. Yet as Giulia begins to learn the mysteries of the painter’s craft, a forbidden romance beckons her down a path of uncertainty and danger. She is haunted by the sorcerer’s warning, and by a question: does she really know the true compass of her heart?
Set in Renaissance Italy, this richly imagined novel about a girl’s daring journey towards self-discovery transports readers into a fascinating, exotic world where love, faith, and art inspire passion–of many different hues.
PASSION BLUE is one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2012. This brand-new trade paperback edition includes a sneak peek of the followup novel, COLOR SONG.
Five winners will receive a signed book plus swag (bookmark, postcard). [close]
by Roger Friedland
As his twin daughters approached adolescence, sociologist Roger Friedland was worried. The thing that most bothered him was not the erotic heat of its youth culture, but the lovelessness of its sex.
Offered the chance to live and teach in Rome, Roger and his wife, Debra, seized the opportunity to take their family to live in a city where love is alive, family bonds hold, divorce and rape are rare, and “ciao, bella” is a constant refrain.
In Amore, Friedland shares the stories of his family’s enchanted and unnerving passage into the heart of Rome and considers its lessons for America where love is at risk.
Amore is a love story, a family’s voyage between two states of feeling. [close]
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