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Unsheltered: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062684561
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

This book has the quality of timeliness that Animal, Vegetable Miracle had when it came out over a decade ago. Empathetic and sensitive but withholding no criticism. Unsheltered is about how we choose to live and what is the quality & illusion of safety. The contrasts and comparison of the (19th c.Naturalists- Mary Treat; (friend of Charles Darwin) and Thatcher and his heir; the contemporary heroine; Willa Knox are the frame of the story; men & women who are at the crux of great changes in Spiritual, Scientific and Social upheavals. Everything in these character's lives are shifting; the basic nature of the order of everything and it's stability comes into question,including what is in our future; is there a future and what will the quality of that future be? What is Foundation and what is Shelter? ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Sea Queen: A Novel (The Golden Wolf Saga #2) by Linnea Hartsuyker - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062563736
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Published: Harper - August 14th, 2018

Sea Queen by Hartsuyker, Linnea is one of the best Historical novels I've read recently. Viking warrior women and sea queens did exist! Hartsuyker's extensive research is powerfully and creatively wrought. A follow up to the Half Drowned King this continues the saga of Ragnvald & Swanhild & King Harold. Originally minor characters in the 12th c. Icelandic Heimskringla , this novel keeps the tempo & timbre of the 1st novel yet stays true to the ancient Eddas. Sea Queen made my heart race even more than the 1st book. It was as if I were riding the waves on the dragon ships with Swanhild. Hatsuyker is able to translate sagas into her own stories without losing accuracy or a sense of Medieval Scandinavian History. Skol! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Eye: An Insider's Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art by Philippe Costamagna - Book Review

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By Philippe Costamagna, Frank Wynne (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781939931580
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Published: New Vessel Press - August 14th, 2018

Part memoir, part essay and wholly Art History (specifically about being an "Eye". Considered an anathema by by some within the discipline of Art History there is a rarer breed of specialist called "Eyes". People who have attained all the necessary knowledge but also possess a rarer talent of Discernment; being able to verify (often at glance ) authenticity of art works. This book is a memoir of masterpieces, forgeries, money and the mystery of what makes art; Art. This book is passionate and marvelous. This book is for anyone who loved The Hare with Amber Eyes, The Rape of Europa or The Monuments Men. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Lost Queen by Signe Pike - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501191411
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Published: Touchstone - September 4th, 2018

The 1st in a new trilogy set in 6th c. Scotland and based on the ancient poem Cad Goddeu or the Battle of the Trees, this telling is about the childhood of Langoreth the twin sister of Merlin. Epic and worthy to stand between Grave's White Goddess and Bradley's Mist of Avalon, Signe Pike's Scotland is wreathed in mist and magic but it is also haunted by the realism of smoky peat fires. I cannot wait for the next book! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Collector's Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781616203580
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2018

Shapiro's new heroine Paulien/Vivienne is a wealthy sophisticate; confronted by her own naivete and its consequences as she braves the harsh realities of life outside her confined yet brilliantly-hued youth. Surrounded by the demigods and devils of the 1920's Paris Art Scene, this is Shapiro's most complex and satisfying novel yet. Rich & lusciously drawn, it is a story of the vivid, rapacious characters and canvases of artists like Matisse, Picasso and a milieu of collectors and con men that makes for a sensuous Prussian Blue mystery! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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