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Della has commented on (2) products.

Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Fall on Your Knees

Della, January 6, 2012

This book won't be everybody's cup of tea--it's a bit morbid. But I love these generational sagas about immigrants coming to the new world(in this case Cape Breton, Nova Scotia), raising families, starting businesses, fighting wars, all the struggles of life. The reader finds out wahat happens in the first few pages, but has to read to see how the characters get there, so it works. This isn't a really recent book but was on my top 10 favorites list of 2011 because I read it in 2011.
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Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Conover Heller
Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Della, January 6, 2012

This Ayn Rand biography is especially interesting becuse it contains quite a lot of material about her childhood, early life in Russia and even her early days in Hollywood. Since Ayn Rand(birth name Alice Rosenbloom) herself seldom talked about her family and early life and basically put the first 25 years of her life behind her, most people, even those who consider themselves objectivists don't know a lot about it. And what they do know is largely taken on Rand's own word.(For example, there's the assertion that she recieved no help in her early days. As Anne Heller discovered, Rand actualy recieved quite a lot of help from various people in her youth, especially relatives, but since that doesn't fit well into the individualistic narrative, most people don't know about it.) As Anne Heller points out, she's not an objectivist herself and not a fan of the Ayn Rand philosophy, and this gave her book a somewhat different persective than The Passion of Ayn Rand by Barbara Branden, also a fine book.
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