Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life By Alison Weir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345434876
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 3rd, 2001

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life by Alison Weir is one of the best of many books about that most extraordinary woman, the wife of both the King of France (Louis VII) and of England (Henry II), and the mother of two English kings, Richard I and John. Weir paints a vivid portrait, based on a voluminous bibliography, of the people and politics of the Middle Ages. In a time when 50 was elderly, Eleanor, the wealthiest heiress in Europe, led an unusually long (1122-1204) and, for a woman, robust life, outliving her husbands, lovers, enemies and nine of her 10 children, joining Louis on the second crusade, serving as regent during most of Richard's reign. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones


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Soldier: A Poet's Childhood By June Jordan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465036820
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Published: Civitas Books - April 23rd, 2001

This is the story of the making of a phenomenal writer and activist. It is the story of a little girl growing up with a demanding and loving father who was determined to raise a "soldier." A West Indian man struggling in New York, he knew his child needed to be a fighter in order to thrive--so he employed rigorous militaristic-style training as his parenting strategy. He challenged June relentlessly - physically, mentally, psychologically, and emotionally. June Jordan invites you into this intense world in a truly amazing way. Every moment is described so perfectly that you smell, hear, see, and feel everything that happens. It's as if you've been dropped into the soul of this tough, proud, honest, tender little girl. Like her poetry, every word in this book feels precise--like the absolute truth. When this book ends and June is only twelve it is devastating. You want to know the rest--which hopefully she will share in the future. Of course, in a nutshell, the rest is the little "soldier" has become a powerful woman-- a brilliant writer and activist using words as her weapon, her tool for change.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius By Dave Eggers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725784
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

Every page of this book is a surprise. It's a difficult book to review; there is nothing like it for comparison, and I really want to do it justice. I was reading the copyright page, which includes the usual information and some unusual; Dave Egger's height, weight, eye color and sexual orientation among other clever asides. I laughed, hard. By the time I was through the preface, I worried that Eggers wouldn't be able to sustain the level of "clever" and would sink into precious or overdone to the enth degree. No worries, the entire book IS a work of staggering, in all its definitions, genius. And it is heartbreaking. "Based on a true story" is printed on the cover, in immensely small letters, above Dave Eggers name. The story is not all that unique: parents die and children in their twenties are left to raise a younger sibling, in this case 8 year old Toph. What is unique and marvelous is Eggers' execution of his story, his fluid, not stream of consciousness, rather river of revelation style. He writes about his daily life with raw honesty, yet manages to convey a sense of wonder and humor. Don't miss this book.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780345514400
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

Maya Angelou describes her life with grace and dignity. This is the powerful story of how this brilliant writer found her voice in spite of the racism, sexism, and abuse which attempted to silence her.


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