Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature, Canadian writer Alice Munro has spent a lifetime writing short stories. I am always spellbound by her storytelling. She captures characters' lives fully-understanding the journey of life-departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, outgoings and homecomings. The last four stories are somewhat autobiographical. As with a Chekhov story, everything matters in each story.
Heather found her way to Phoenix Books after retiring from full-time teaching. Her primary interest is in fiction, but she also ventures into poetry, nature, gardening, biography, history, and mystery. Lately, she has been reading some middle grade fiction to help young people.
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This narrative nonfiction book explores the mystery surrounding a rare
artisan cheese and its maker Ambrosio from a rural town on Castilian,
Spain. Paterniti is caught up with a character (Ambrosio) who has the
larger than life characteristics of a Don Quixote. Eventually, Paterniti
realizes that Ambrosio's charismatic qualities and pride as a Casitlian
hid his weaknesses as a businessman. The book is rich with Spanish
history and culture and a love of place.
What a life Edward Curtis led. He devoted 25 years to photographing and
cataloguing the lives of vanishing American Indian tribes. While he was
shunned by scholars and ethnologists, Curtis convinced JP Morgan to
finance a 26 volume collection for $250,000. Curtis pumped all of the
money into field work. Both JP Morgan and Edward Curtis would be content
to know that Curtis' collection is next in value to a Gutenberg Bible.
The biography is a tribute to a remarkable photographer and recorder of
American Indian history.
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By the time Darwin published the 4th edition of his theory of evolution, he realized the need to acknowledge the predecessors who helped to establish the evidence to assert the theory of natural selection. Fascinting study-enjoyable read. We can see the sacrifice scientists made to advance new ideas.
I am always sellbound by Munro's story-telling. She captures characters' lives fully--understanding the journey of life--departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, outgoings and homecomings. The last 4 stories are somewhat autobiographical.
What would we do if we learned that our parents risked their lives for
freedom? In this work of fiction based on her own family and friends,
Delijani weaves together the stories of young women, mothers and fathers
and idealists entrapped by the Iranian Revolution in the 1980s. Those
who fled the country long to return to the land of the sweet jacaranda
tree and feel the pull to return and answer to the desire for liberty
that pulses among the next generation.
In this children's book about friendship, a bear is awed by the gifts
left outside his cave day after day. Giving thanks for the gifts, bear
leaves his own treats for the mysterious gift giver. A story about