Book Review: Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman

About: Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman is a fictional multi-generational story. Ms. Waldman is a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction novels, essays and short stories. 352 pages Publisher: Knopf Language: English ISBN-10: 0385533543 My rat­ing for Love and Treasure — 3 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat* More Books by Ayelet Waldman Thoughts: Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman is a strange book was easy to read and follow, for the most part. The story has lovely characters and an intriguing premise, and one could tell that Ms. Waldman certainly is a talented writer. The book is divided into three sections following a pendant the protagonist’s grandfather has stolen from a Hungarian Gold train. The narrative follows the adventures of the grandfather during World War II, the second part follows his granddaughter, Natalie, while she tries to locate the rightful owner of the relic, and the third part is told through notes of a Dr. Zobel. I really enjoyed the first two-thirds of the novel, but the last third simply lost me and I didn’t feel added anything interesting to the story. Ms. Waldman certainly has skills to weave history and fiction in a most interesting…

Book Review: Armageddon by Leon Uris

The novel touches on several subjects which are important even in today’s world. The division of Berlin, the relationships between the victorious Allied personal who are now trying to align themselves with the political wishes of their leaders as well as the German people and the effects of the Berlin blockade.

Giveaway (Over): Good Morning, Mr. Mandela by Zelda la Grange
Latest Posts / June 24, 2014

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post. Tender, heartfelt, and intimate, GOOD MORNING, MR. MANDELA: A Memoir tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s long-time personal assistant and “honorary granddaughter” Zelda la Grange (Viking; Strict On-sale: June 24, 2014; 978-0-525-42828-2; $28.95). In this revealing book la Grange pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as she knew him—a compassionate teacher who taught her the most valuable lessons of her life. La Grange introduces readers to the Mandela who was as kind and generous as we all imagine, but who was also stubborn and surprisingly human. She also gives us insight into Mandela’s relationships with fans and contacts, both famous and infamous: from Queen Elizabeth, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Brad Pitt, Bono, and Morgan Freeman to Muammar Gaddafi. A white Afrikaner, Zelda la Grange grew up in segregated South Africa, supporting the regime and the rules of Apartheid. Her conservative family referred to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela as “a terrorist.” Yet just a few years after his release and the end of Apartheid, she would be traveling the world by Mr. Mandela’s side, having grown to respect and cherish the man she would come to call ‘Khulu,’ or ‘grandfather.’…

Kiva Loans – Repaid
Latest Posts / June 21, 2014

We’ve received a total of $5.86* in repayments between May 23, 2014 and June 17, 2014!Great to see that our loans are helping people and that they are doing well enough to pay us back. Click here to donate yourself Funded on Aug 5, 2013 Shonali United States | Food Production/Sales You Loaned: $25.00 Newly Repaid: $0.60 Total Repaid So Far: $5.06 (20.24% of your loan) Repayment Status: Paying back on time Funded on Aug 16, 2013 Fredy Celestino Guatemala | Internet Cafe You Loaned: $25.00 Newly Repaid: $1.37 Total Repaid So Far: $11.29 (45.16% of your loan) Repayment Status: Paying back on time Funded on Dec 26, 2013 Imer Peru | Grocery Store You Loaned: $25.00 Newly Repaid: $3.89 Total Repaid So Far: $9.40 (37.60% of your loan) Repayment Status: Paying back on time

Fun Facts Friday: Charlemae Hill Rollins
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 20, 2014

Among her many awards and honors, Mrs. Rollins was the first African-American to receive an honorary life membership in the ALA (1972). The children’s room at the Hall Branch Library was named in Rollins’ honor. The Charlemae Hill Rollins Colloquium is held twice a year at North Carolina Central University, where attendees discuss how to improve library services for children.

Book Review: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / June 12, 2014

The strength of the book is in the way Mr. Krakauer tells the story, combining an adventure with social commentary without resorting to dry timeline lists. Some environmental issues, government bureaucracy (mostly Nepalese) and significant historical accounts are also weaved into the book, however they do not take away from the main storyline, but only add context.

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