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Peter StarkIt's hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Pacific Northwest was one of the most remote and isolated regions in the world. In 1810, four years... Continue »
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Reading My Father: A Memoir by Alexandra Styron
Reading My Father: A Memoir

Robin Barton-Smith, June 24, 2011

A favorite author, William Styron's always been an enigma. How illuminating to read his daughter's memoir about him and learn that he was as enigmatic to his family as he was to me! Alexandra is a superb writer whose prose enchants almost as much as the story of her father and mother and their fascinating collection of family and friends. Her perspective on living with a gifted but flawed genius whose mental condition ruled his family is both poignant and enlightening. I am now rereading Lie Down in Darkness from a whole new perspective.
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The Seamstress by Frances De Peebles
The Seamstress

Robin Barton-Smith, October 18, 2010

The Seamstress is an ideal book for lovers (like me!) of historical novels that are rich not only in history but also geography, politics and sociology and have an engaging plot filled with passion and adventure. The setting is Brazil from 1928 to 1935. The story tells the intertwined history of the orphaned sisters, Emilia and Luzia dos Santos, raised by their aunt in the state of Pernanbuca. Each is a talented seamstress. Luzia is abducted by cangaceiros and chooses to survive in the dangerous backcountry of Brazil by using her skills with cloth and thread while Emilia backs into a loveless marriage that takes her to Recife where she too uses her talent with cloth to find her place in the city's rigid and complex social and political life. De Peebles ensnared this reader in Emilia's and Luzia's richly detailed lives. I'm on page 511 (of 641) and I don't want it to end!!
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