Connie Corcoran Wilson was a journalist with Yahoo back when they had independent journalists. She was sent to cover the 2008 presidential race and shConnie Corcoran Wilson was a journalist with Yahoo back when they had independent journalists. She was sent to cover the 2008 presidential race and she covered it from all angles. All of her articles were posted on Yahoo and she even won Yahoo’s Content Producer of the Year for Politics for 2008 with over 3 million hits, for all of her excellent coverage. Then, with very little warning, Yahoo sent an email to all content producers telling them that their services were no longer need and that all of their hard work was going to be removed. Connie didn’t want to lose all of the articles she had written so she actually hired people to help her download all of her 2008 presidential election coverage.
The result of this work is ‘Obama’s Odyssey’ volumes I and II. Volume I covers the primaries and caucuses, etc. Ms. Wilson is a professed Democrat/ Independent so I have to say how much I admire her for covering both sides of the fence with such style and grace. Her writing is fresh with a biting sense of humor. As a retired teacher and grandmother, I have to wonder where she got all her energy from. She criss-crossed the U.S. for days on end. How did she keep up?
Some may complain that ‘Obama’s Odyssey’ seems a bit choppy because it is a
Obama's Odyssey by Connie Corcoran Wilson Connie C. Wilson With Joe Biden, 2008 compilation of her articles from her coverage of the 2008 race however, I don’t see it that way. There are many books like this that are compilations of an authors previous articles and/or essays. Malcolm Gladwell is just one example of that. Ms. Wilson also included a somewhat lengthy introduction explaining why she wrote the books. I often find introductions of non-fiction books to be on the dry side but her introduction was not that at all. It was one of the most entertaining introductions I have read in a long time. So, don’t skip it!
I really enjoyed Volume I and look forward to reading Volume II. It is the perfect series to be reading during the present day race for the White House. It really is a must read, especially for political junkies such as myself but for anyone who is interested in the U.S. democratic process.
I know I am a bit early in saying this but get out and vote in November. You have no right to complain, if you don’t do so! But Teddy, you live in Canada. Yes, I do but I am also a U.S. citizen. I have dual citizenship. I was born and raised in the U.S., St. Paul, Minnesota to be exact. I have a civic duty to both countries.
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Sara de Vos was a 17th century Dutch painter. She was the first female to be admitted s a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland. HoweveSara de Vos was a 17th century Dutch painter. She was the first female to be admitted s a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland. However, she had a very difficult life. 'The Last Painting' follows 17th century Sara, 20th century Martin de Groot, the owner of her last remaining painting, and Ellie Shipley an ambitious 1950's art graduate student.
Ellie Shipley goes against her better judgement to put food on her table as a graduate student and forges the last known existing painting of Sara de Vos, ' Edge of a Wood'. It is owned by the wealthy descendant of the original owner. Fast forward to the 21st century and the forgery may be discovered.
In my opinion, sometimes multi time dimensions flow smoothly and work well in a book and sometimes they are not as successful. For me, it didn't work that successfully in this book. The time shifting just felt choppy to me. I loved the story of Sara and her life. I also enjoyed following Ellie and her experience as a forger and then an art historian. I didn't enjoy following Martin as much. I think perhaps I might have if more about him and the connection to the other two principle characters would have been more thoroughly explained towards the beginning.
I do think the 'Last Painting of Sara de Vos' is a worthwhile book to read, as a historical fiction lover. I haven't read anything about Dutch female artists and am always looking for something new. I could tell that Dominic Smith really did his research. I do prefer well researched books, even when they are historical fiction! Often after I read a historical fiction book, I will do a Google search to find out some of the real history however, I came up blank for this book. The only thing that popped up was links to and about this book.