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Anthropologist, Maggie Paxson is haunted by war and the people who are devastated by it. Having worked all over the world she has borne witness to just about every form of brutality & heartbreaking tenderness. On the Plateau, a remote place (S.E.France) of reserved, hard lived communities, she finds a history of being a safe haven for refugees; in the distant past, during WWII and right now. Through the story Daniel Trocme (one Israel's " Righteous Among Nations" ) & his "crickets" - children from all over Europe that he fought so quietly but ferociously to protect. Maggie discovers wondrous links to today's refugees (stories of hard won survival and finds a link to her own life- and it raises many questions. This book deserves to be on the shelf next to Frankel's Man's Search for Meaning, Eger's The Choice & Wiesel's Trilogy. I could not put this book down! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
Wry and heartbreaking, this novel follows the many incarnations of Maristella the 2nd, who inherits the name after the first child who had it dies. And what a name, Maristella Fortuna, which means many things: star and fortune, ill fortune. Grames delves into ancestral stories and the myths that we create for ourselves and our families. Biting and acerbic, this novel is an homage to women, and to families that are haunted by their past and futures. A brilliant debut. This novel took me completely by surprise and held me captive for the weekend. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
This is one of those irreverent and scary books that leaves me laughing and crying. Laughing at the total absurdness of humanity's own stew of misdeeds and just plain stupidity and crying for the same reason. It does make you think that, for all of our hubris and control issues or lack thereof, why are we still here? Phillips, as he proudly states, finally uses his degrees from Cambridge with his acute razor sharp wit in talking about everything from Lucy (the Australopithecus not the song) to the introduction of invasive species like starlings and rabbits. Riotous, ridiculous, and sobering all at once. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
This marvelous book is about Labyrinths; one of the most ancient designs of humans & in Nature; found everywhere and in every culture, in Human design itself. Eliot follows History through myth, legend, lore & philosophy exploring in a creative and prosaic way. This book came into my hands by way of a customer and I could not put it down. Thank you Ariadne! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
Beautiful, horrifying , haunting and exquisite are all adjectives for Robert Macfarlane's newest book and now my favorite one. I love this book. Macfarlane weaves magic around his incredible and often scary adventures in nature. Underland is a bardic journey worthy of any druid or shapeshifter, blending myth and realty into a seamless stream that becomes a part of you if you let it. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan