She wrote letters that transported men living in the shadow of death in the French trenches to the fragrance of a kitchen in Kent.
This is one of those books that are as interesting for the way they read in perspective as for their intrinsic merits. American novelist Frederic Morton is a native of Vienna and his nonfiction works about it are without peer for their insight into its unique qualities.
In November 1917, soon after his Bolshevik faction seized control of Russia, Lenin called on the “oppressed masses” of Asia to follow Russia’s example and throw off colonial rule.
During the 1950s, the American and Soviet governments agreed on very little, but they shared a charming faith in the power of literature — novels especially — to influence the hearts and minds of readers.
Now comes Ian Morris with humor and a swath of historical data to argue that the 15,000 years of bloody warfare that have killed countless millions have actually made us safer, wealthier and longer-lived.
The main characters of Sue Miller’s new novel, “The Arsonist,” have all recently settled in the New Hampshire village of Pomeroy. To Frankie Rowley, it isn’t an entirely new place because she spent summers on the family farm her parents Sylvia and Alfie inherited.
Far more than a great line from a great movie, “We’ll always have Paris” captures what this magical city means to its visitors, especially those romantically inclined.