The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis Book Review – 1000 Novels Series

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The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis

by Giorgio Bassani

The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis Book Review

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Plot Summary:

In this coming of age novel set against the increasing discrimination suffered by Jewish people in Italy leading up to World War II, an unnamed narrator describes his memories growing up in Ferrara as a young Jewish man. He is linked to the Finzi-Contini family and their children Alberto and Micol by their shared Jewish heritage, seeing them at the synagogue and building a relationship with them through the years by visiting the Finzi-Contini mansion gardens for tennis matches and long walks with Micol. As his emotional attachment to Micol grows, the narrator realizes that the difference in their upbringing is a much deeper divide than he anticipated.

Links I Loved This Week – 09/10/2016

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Several of my favorite blogs came out with TBR lists for September or Fall, and they all pretty much mentioned different titles, so there are a ton of great suggestions for your TBR list in this post.

8 Exciting September 2016 Book Releases

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream And The Untold Story Of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

September 2016 Book Releases - Hidden Figures

Published: September 6th, 2016

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Hidden Figures is the inspiring story of a group of mathematically gifted African-American women who were selected during World War II to work in the American aeronautics industry, and whose calculations ultimately helped America catch up to Russia in the Space Race. I’m really looking forward to watching the movie based on this book and starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe – which will be realeased on December 25th 2016. This means we have 4 months to get around to reading the original!

Links I Loved This Week

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  • I have to confess I’m just starting to get into GoodReads and this post on Bookishness and Tea on 8 reasons on why to use GoodReads was very helpful.

Just Read: Street Of Eternal Happiness By Rob Schmitz

I consider myself a life long learner and in the last few years I’ve tried to focus my reading and other educational activities around topics that I felt I didn’t know enough about.

China is one of the topics to which I’ve dedicated myself, in part due to how important the future of this country is to the future of the U.S. and the rest of the world. Even after having read several books on China’s past and present, I realize that there’s always more to learn because China is such a huge and complex country. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity of reading Street Of Eternal Happiness, to continue expanding my knowledge.

Street Of Eternal Happiness Book ReviewStreet Of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz

Published: June 2016

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The author, Rob Schmitz is an award-winning journalist who has lived many years of his life in China as both a teacher for the Peace Corps and currently in Shanghai as China’s correspondent for Marketplace.

For this book, Schmitz focuses on a single street in Shanghai on which he lives, whose Chinese name roughly translates to Street Of Eternal Happiness.

Queens, Empresses, Mistresses And Duchesses: Biographies Of Noble Women Through History

When looking at biographies I’ve gravitated towards in the past, many of them involved standout female royal or noble figures from different historical times. I decided to put a book list together of my favorite female royal biographies, to be added to as I continue to explore the genre.

Here are 6 of my favorite of these biographies so far – mostly from European history. I do plan to expand this book list to include more diversity both in terms of historical period and in terms of geographical origin in the future.

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Review of royal women biography The Life Of Elizabeth The FirstThe Life Of Elizabeth The I by Alison Weir

Published: October 1999

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No list of biographies of historical women would be complete without a history of Elizabeth I’s life or without at least one work (and in this case two) by Alison Weir. This is an intensely personal portrait of arguably the most complex and compelling female monarch of all time. It reads like a novel but is based on extensively researched sources. Alison Weir brings Elizabeth intimately to life for her readers, spanning from the minutiae of her daily life – including food, dress and privy chambers – to the overarching issues of marriage, succession and intense court rivalries.

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