This book affirms my desire to be Helene Hanff when I grow up. This is a brilliantly written travel memoir of her trip to England. Unlike most travelThis book affirms my desire to be Helene Hanff when I grow up. This is a brilliantly written travel memoir of her trip to England. Unlike most travel memoirs where the author tells you why his or her point of view of the destination is far superior to most tourists, she unabashedly tells her story of her time in England and the people she came to love without a care in the world to what anyone else might think. Many people take their trip to England, but this trip was hers and written in the humorous style she was known for. The minute I finished it, I wanted to start it all over again for the first time. I looked her up and was so sad to discover she died in 1997. It felt like losing a friend....more
This book discusses the true story of Cynthia Ann Parker, who at 9 years old was kidnapped and raised by the Comanches from her white parents. As an aThis book discusses the true story of Cynthia Ann Parker, who at 9 years old was kidnapped and raised by the Comanches from her white parents. As an adult, Cynthia Ann is returned to her blood family after the Comanches are raided by the Texas Rangers. This much is known. What happens in the intervening years and what happened afterward until Cythia Ann's death are up in the air. Not many historical records of her exist.
Carolyn Meyer has imagined a story of Cynthia Ann's return to her family, told in journal entries by a fictional cousin as well as in a narrative told from Cynthia Ann's point of view. The book deals with a struggle for identity--who we are, who we are raised to be, and other people's perceptions about us. Cynthia Ann came to see herselve as a Comanche. To her family, she was still a kidnapping victim of the savages. Their struggle to understand each other makes for compelling reading indeed....more
Despite my proclivities for England and those who call her home, I am not much on English history and the old kings and queens of England. I knew veryDespite my proclivities for England and those who call her home, I am not much on English history and the old kings and queens of England. I knew very little about Elizabeth I, although I did watch the movie starring Cate Blanchett (the first one) about 10 years ago. Sadly, it was a little too brutal for me, and I watched it once and never again.
However, I need audiobooks. And a friend recently loaned me this one so that I'd have a nice, long read while driving around for work. Driving is one of the few times I force myself to read something I'm not sure I'll enjoy, as I don't have anything else to do. So consequently, while I was not excited about the subject matter, I liked that there were 16 discs to fill my time.
Boy was I in for a surprise! This was a great book! The story was riveting. I would come home at night to read up on the Tudors and see how much of the book was factual and what happened to the various players on the fringes of Henry the Eighth's court.
It took me nearly 2 months of driving to finish it, but that was with the holidays breaking up much of my drive time. I will definitely read more by Alison Weir--several other titles have been recommended to me and if I can get them on audio again, so much the better!...more
I thought from the cover that the book would just be about the investigation into Amy Latus's murder. I was soMy first stay up all night read of 2008!
I thought from the cover that the book would just be about the investigation into Amy Latus's murder. I was so wrong. And at first, it really annoyed me that Janine Latus had decided to tell her own story of domestic violence and abuse at the hands of her husband.
But as it progressed, I got totally wrapped up in the story. It was so interesting to read Latus's justifications for putting up with abuse while advising her sister not to.
This was a great read, compelling, fascinating, terrifying, honest, and raw.