Book Reviews

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Ever since  reading Anya Seton’s The Turquoise, I became hooked on historical fiction at the age of twelve. After reading every book that Seton wrote, I turned to other authors who wrote about strong women in different historical eras. Now I write for the Historical Novels Review four times a year. What follows on this page are snapshots of books I have particularly enjoyed reading. This list will change monthly.

The Great Influenza (2005) by John M. Barry. Every October when I go to get my flu shot, I cringe at the sight of the needle. However, after reading this book, I will never again take the flu shot for granted. Impeccably researched and written in a smooth flowing narrative style, Barry is able to relate to the reader all the horrifying details of the 1918 flu pandemic that killed over 25 million people worldwide, and gives a very sobering admonition of how the virus will resurrect itself in the future.

Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out (2014) by Jolene Hart. Not just for women, this small gem of a book gives year long wisdom on how to both eat healthy and maximize the best food throughout each of the four seasons in order to look your best with skin, hair, nails, etc.  I have found myself referring to it time and again.

Astor Place Vintage (2013) by Stephanie Lehmann. Anyone who is a sucker for vintage clothing (me) will be immediately drawn into the plot of this story as three important narrators tell a connected story. Jane Kelly is an elderly woman trying to sell off her phenomenal collection of vintage clothing. Amanda is the owner of a quirky vintage store in the East Village of New York City. With Mrs. Kelly’s collection comes an old muff. When Amanda discovers a journal hidden within the lining of the muff, she also discovers the story of  Olive Westcott, whose life in 1907 New York bears a strong resemblance to Amanda’s life in modern day. Wonderful clothes, true to life characters, and a strong story line made this a great read.

The Occupation Thesaurus (2018?) by Anglea Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.  Ok, this is the first time I have ever reviewed a book before it was published. I already own three of Angela and Becca’s thesauri: The Emotional Thesaurus, The Urban Setting Thesaurus, and The Negative Trait Thesaurus. Honestly, as a writer I turn to these resources time, and time gain. So I am thrilled that their newest work will be The Occupation Thesaurus, which I will consult as a write about a milliner in 1918 New York City. If you are not familiar with Angela and Becca’s work, go to their website, and treat yourself to some of the best writing resources available.