What Lisa is reading
"I don't see why we ever think of what others think of what we do--isn't it enough to express yourself"
One of the most captivatng debut novels I have read.The title is taken from an Emily Dickenson poem, the setting is Las Vegas, Nevada. The four main characters would not normally mix yet they find that healing and redemption is not only possible but achievable. Avis, a wife on the brink of a divorce; Luis, a solider returned from the war on terror not wanting to live; Bashkim, an Albanian-American child negogiating between two culures; and Roberta, a child avocate finding solutions to seemingly impossible situations. Based on a real, tragic event on the streets of Las Vegas, this novel is astounding! Great bookclub choice."
A memoir of grief and love so beautifully written that I felt the cold, the loneliness, the fallen feathers of the goshawk Helen Macdonald chose to raise in her London flat. This book has won the Samuel Johnson Prize, is a Costa Book of the Year, and a must-read. Macdonald is a writer, a poet, historian, naturalist and affiliated research scholar at the University of Cambridge. Destined to be a classic.
Everything about this novel is charming and endearing. Set in Paris, a bookstore owner finds a lost woman's handbag on the way to his favorite cafe. Clever, erudite, and infused with optimism. If you like books by Peter Mayle, you'll enjoy this author. A Paris love story for modern times.
A bold phoptographic tribute to Ernest Hemingway's Paris years. Exquisite black-and-white photographs and lovely anecdotal prose make this book by Robert Wheeler perfect coffee table reading. Extraordinary intimate vignettes.
Paris in 1862. Based on the life of Edouard Manet and his infamous portrait Olympia, this sensual and evocative novel captures the life of the artist, his inspirations and model muses. Victorine Meurent is the red-haired beauty that embraces the art form that scandalizes Parisian high society. Terrific for art lovers and historical fiction readers.