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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Kathleen Isaac, January 27, 2013

THE BLACK COUNT is one of the best books I have read. There are plenty of maps; the book does not assume you know the geography of Europe more than 150 years ago. There's lots of American history about which I had no idea. The fact that France was fighting with England all over the globe at the same time as the American Revolution prevented England from concentrating on winning here. France supplied many French military commanders who helped organize the winning; it wasn't only Layayette. Citizens of color were accepted in France, while they were not in most of Europe. And, of course, in the Americas they were slaves.

While the facts of the biography are well researched and well presented, Tom Reiss added comments in footnotes as to what happened subsequently or what was there now, etc. that were just as interesting as the history. He also presented Bonaparte warts and all!
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The Book of Love by Kathleen Mcgowan
The Book of Love

Kathleen Isaac, May 18, 2009

For those of you who read THE DA VINCI CODE and wondered about the rest of the Mary Magdalene story, Kathleen McGowan has provided the answer cloaked in fiction.

Kathleen McGowan has spent 20 years researching this story and is now weaving her materials into a rich tapestry of fact and speculation. The story that began in THE EXPECTED ONE has been continued in the THE BOOK OF LOVE, the second volume in the trilogy. It could be described as "the greatest story not told."

The book juxtaposes the little-known details of Mary Magdalene's life with the historical and current-day struggles between suppressing and revealing her story.
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The Wit & Wisdom of Discworld (Discworld Novels) by Terence David John Pratchett
The Wit & Wisdom of Discworld (Discworld Novels)

Kathleen Isaac, February 5, 2009

This book is just what we all need -- something to make you smile. Whether you've read all Pratchett's books or not, each short paragraph is a gem:

Nanny said, "Funny to think of our Magrat being married and everything."
"What do you mean, everything?"
"Well, you know -- married," said Nanny. "I gave her a few tips. Always wear something in bed. Keeps a man interested."
"You always wore your hat."
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Mangoes and Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels through the Great Subcontinent by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
Mangoes and Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels through the Great Subcontinent

Kathleen Isaac, November 23, 2008

MANGOES & CURRY LEAVES is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. The pictures and texts of the people and places make you want to visit.

The recipes inspired me to go to my local co-op and buy some condiments and spices I had not even known existed -- tamarind pulp, black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds. My family and I are going on an adventure through Quick Asparagus Stir Fry, Potato White Curry, Cashew Coconut Meatballs, and lots of others.

Many of the recipes are easy and often pictured. The text includes comments about how to make it milder (or not), suggestions on what to serve with it with the appropriate recipe page number included, different cooking methods (grilling or fried), etc.

All of us need something to keep us interested in creating healthful and nutritious meals that may become a new family favorite as well as spark an interest in another part of the world. This is an edibile feast and a delicious way to be part of that world.
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