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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Writer Wedensday: Empire Girls

It's time for Writer Wednesday, when I discuss another author and his or her book. Today's pick is Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan.

New York City: a place of hopes and dreams. The 1920s: a time of longing for better days than WWI and of evading prohibition. This is the backdrop for the story of Empire Girls. Two sisters, each telling the story in alternating chapters and written by one of the authors, set out to discover their father's past and a missing brother when their father suddenly dies.

This historical, reminiscent in tone to The Other Typist, conveys heart and explores the bond of sisters and what that means in light of uprooted lives and new situations. A host of colorful secondary characters rounds out this dazzling tale. By the end, perhaps you'll even feel that you have become an empire girl.

My best to you all,

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Writer Wednesday- Why the West Rules for Now- A Love Letter to History

On Writer Wednesday, I discuss an author and his or her book. Today's pick is Why the West Rules for Now: the patterns of history and what they reveal about the future by Ian Morris.

It's Valentine's week. While other blogs are discussing their favorite romance books or their favorite couples, fictional or real, I am choosing to write about my own love: history.

Morris' book is proclaimed by the historian Niall Ferguson as, "The nearest thing to a unified field of history we ware ever likely to get."This means that a great span of time is covered- from prehistory through future predictions.
 Here's why and why it is a love of mine- History is not only description but prescription. It both describes what has happened, but it also allows for scope to determine what will happen. While I found Morris' past arguments more convincing than his future visions, he did share his belief, that I am inclined to agree with, that hope for humanity is in part within the hands of historians. There is the possibility for greater international cooperation and peace if the lessons of history are learned from.

Morris' book is expansive in its undertaking, covering culture, religion, politics, economics, nations and International Relations. It is a thrilling book and highly recommended.

A brighter future? A happily ever after? Now that's worth falling in love with. Hooray for history and its potential!

My best to you all,