Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

book jacketThis is a fictional account of Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to his first wife Hadley Richardson.  Hadley met and married Hemingway in Chicago before he was famous.  She has his child and caters to his every need trying to keep him happy.   However, Ernest is very attractive to women and Hadley’s friend Pauline Pfeiffer seduces him rather blatantly and becomes his second wife.  The author has done a good job of bringing the Paris of 1920’s to life.  Her portrayal of the famous jazz age expatriate authors and artists living and loving in Paris makes one think it is the center of the creative universe.  She has done thorough research. 
Did you know Gerald and Sara Murphy, famous for being the inspiration of Fitzgerald’s novel  Tender is the Night, were responsible for the French Riveria’s popularity and also for introducing sun tanning to the populace?  Good Read.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell

book jacketI was just given this great recommendation from one of our volunteers and wanted to share it with you.  If anyone has read a good book lately, please let me know.  I love to share your favorite reads as much as ours.

Recommendation from Christine:
Swedish author Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series has ended with the final book the Troubled Man.  Detective Wallander is a character who is troubled with self-doubt, worry and bouts of dark moods, but always gets results.  Mankell is an award winning mystery novelist who has been translated into 40 languages.