This is a great history of the marriage of FDR and Eleanor. It reads as a biography of both of them, and it is interesting to see how their marriage w...moreThis is a great history of the marriage of FDR and Eleanor. It reads as a biography of both of them, and it is interesting to see how their marriage worked and how they influenced each other.
FDR and Eleanor did not have the smoothest of marriages. It even started off rocky, with FDR having to wait to make the engagement public since his mother was not on board. FDR, whose mother was a dominant figure in his life, was always surrounded by women. He was dependent on his mother for most of his life for money, which caused strained in law relations. The book explores his dalliances, many to which Eleanor turned a blind eye, as FDR turned a blind eye to hers. It is interesting that two people who brought out the best in each other could not maintain fidelity. Emotional affairs ran rampant, even if physical ones did not.
This book is a history of their relationship through thick and thin. It is well researched and contains much of their personal correspondence. The couple was strong and resilient, but at times brought out the worst in each other. FDR was in great demand, and Eleanor broke new ground on what a First Lady was entitled to do.
Isabella Robinson is being sued by divorce right when divorce has become legal in England. Her diary is the main evidence her husband is presenting to...moreIsabella Robinson is being sued by divorce right when divorce has become legal in England. Her diary is the main evidence her husband is presenting to prove adultery.
Isabella, an intelligent woman with a mind of her own, communicates her day to day feelings, thoughts, and actions in her diary. The diary intimates that she was infatuated with a family friend who was a doctor, as well as several tutors teaching her sons.
Isabella's husband discovers the diary when she is ill, and had no reservation about reading it. Due to the contents, he decides to file for divorce. The laws regarding divorce were ever changing due to the newness of the law.
Well researched, this non-fiction offering shows upper crust Victorian England in a time of marital turmoil. (less)
VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave chronicles MTV's beginnings from the original VJ's (Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn, J.J. Jac...moreVJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave chronicles MTV's beginnings from the original VJ's (Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn, J.J. Jackson, and Nina Blackwood) point of view. Due to the death of VJ J.J. Jackson, his side is told from interviews he gave and memories from his fellow VJ's.
Each chapter is named with lyrics from songs and an explanation of what the chapter will cover. The VJ's discuss what they were doing before MTV, how they were hired, what the early days were like, and ultimately, how they left MTV.
MTV began as a music station. Videos from artists (mainly rock) were shown with the VJ's introducing the videos, conducting interviews, and sharing music news. MTV was readily available in every cable market, hence the I Want My MTV campaign. As Michael Jackson grew bigger, the pressure to play his music increased, and studio executives began to shift programming to suit different music genres. The VJ's chronicle MTV's humble beginnings, their antics on air, the relationships they had with each other, and their view on different music artists.
This book is a good read for anyone who grew up on MTV and remember the VJ's, or someone interested in the history of MTV. (less)
The Ashford Affair is the latest book by bestselling author Lauren Willig.
The story takes place in the past and present, from the 1906-1999. It spans...moreThe Ashford Affair is the latest book by bestselling author Lauren Willig.
The story takes place in the past and present, from the 1906-1999. It spans England, Kenya and New York City, telling the story of Adeline and Clementine. Addie is Clementines' grandmother, who was born in England.
Addie, faced with the death of her parents in London in 1906, is taken in by her much wealthier aunt and uncle. They transport her to Ashford, a sprawling county estate to live with them and her cousins Diana (Dodo), Beatrice (Bea), and Poppy. Shy and very much the poor relation, Addie is fascinated with Bea, who is closest to Addie in age and has declared herself Addie's protector. But loving Bea has its price. Bea is the Deb of her year in London after the First World War, and is courted by many eligible suitors. She settles for the most eligible, but her life quickly turns sour as her new husband has a philandering eye.
Clementine, a NYC attorney for a high powered firm, is working hard for a partnership. She has eschewed relationships, friendships, and a life for this goal. Clemmie adores her grandma Addie, and is distressed to receive a call overseas that Addie is not doing well and Clemmie needs to return home. While Clemmie was in London for work, she unexpectedly came across some of her family's history. History her mother and grandmother have been reluctant to share with her. Clemmie, encouraged by what she found, seeks the help of Jon, a history professor connected to her family by marriage.
Willig is known for her past and present style, which she incorporates in her Secret History of the Pink Carnation series. Her stories are well researched and engaging.(less)