Spiders and Conjurers and Hypnotists, oh my.
I picked this book up simply because it was the only time I had seen a history of World War II told from the perspective of the Japanese. What I hadn’t realized is Hara’s Japanese Destroyer Captain was actually a much older book. It was originally published in the 1960s as Hara tried to help a younger generation of Japanese understand the war. The book I picked up was a 2011 reprint.
I was on vacation a couple weeks ago. I went no where and I roamed around the right side of the globe from the comfort of my wing back chair in my living room (coffee and cats were added bonuses). Here’s were I went.
The main purpose of Alexander Lee’s The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in the Age of Beauty is to take those two views of the Renaissance, beautiful art and chaotic violence, and merge them together.
2015 looks to be a very good year for fans of historical fiction. It took a great deal of time and hemming and hawing to cull down all of the titles that caught my eye to just these nine, making up a more manageable list. Many of these titles feature real-life characters: Coco Chanel, Edouard Manet, Virginia Woolf, and Shakespeare, to name a few. While other books on the list might appeal to fans of Kate Morton, Susanna Kearsley, and Anya Seton.
Extremely touchy witches, bumbling spies and 1950s Paris
For today’s historical reading list we’ve got inventions, bohemian radicals, naval disasters and more. Wherever possible I’ve tried to do a work of non-fiction and a work of fiction for each event.
Two weeks ago I was also discussing What I’m Reading Now, with that list capped off by Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar, a young adult novel that tangentially relies on the life and works of Sylvia Plath to support a small handful of the story’s themes. I’ve read Plath’s The Bell Jar, Ariel, and assorted brief articles…