Mar 30, 2014

Sunday Salon: Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction

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The sun is out and it's warm!! We bought a finch bird feeder and hope to hear their lovely songs soon. I didn't realize there are about 20 kinds of finches. We have only been aware of the purple finch, house finch, and the goldfinch in this area.

I am reading books for book tours as well as sneaking in other reads. Here are a few that have been added to the shelves:

Bourbon whiskey. Its primary ingredient was discovered by Christopher Columbus. Its recipe was perfected on the Western frontier. In 1964, Congress passed a resolution declaring it to be a "distinctive product of the United States." First brewed by pioneers in in the backwoods of Appalachia, bourbon whiskey has become a modern multi-billion dollar international industry today. As this book reveals, the Kentucky spirit--the only liquor produced from corn is the American experience, distilled, aged, and sealed in a bottle.

Huckelbridge tours across three hundred years.  Interweaving the development of bourbon to America's own rise, his  study is popular history,  an informative look at our past. (goodreads)

The Medici Boy by John L'Heureux, historical novel
Art, politics and passion collide in John L’Heureux’s novel, The Medici Boy.  L’Heureux  transports the reader to Donatello’s Renaissance Italy—directly into his bottega, (workshop), as witnessed through the eyes of Luca Mattei, a devoted assistant. While creating his famous bronze of David and Goliath, Donatello’s passion for his enormously beautiful model and part time rent boy, Agnolo, ignites a dangerous jealousy that ultimately leads to Agnolo’s brutal murder. Luca, the complex and conflicted assistant, will sacrifice all to save the life of Donatello, even if it means the life of the master sculptor’s friend and great patron of art, Cosimo de’ Medici. A narrative of the creative genius, Donatello, at the height of his powers, and the artistry that enthralled the powerful and highly competitive Medici and Albizzi families in fifteenth century Florence.  (goodreads)

Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert, historical novel
In the early 1960s Chicago jazz scene, a literary debut about a talented but troubled singer, her precocious ten-year-old daughter, and their heartbreaking relationship. Naomi Hill, a singer at the Blue Angel club, has  her big break -the cover of Look magazine. But Naomi is a fiercely ambitious yet extremely self-destructive woman whose charms are irresistible and dangerous for those around her. No one knows this better than Sophia, her precocious ten-year-old daughter.

Unsettled by her uncertain home life, she harbors the terrible fear that the world could end at any moment.... Her one constant is Jim, the photographer who is her best friend, surrogate father, and protector. But Jim is deeply in love with Naomi-a situation that adds to Sophia's anxiety. An unforgettable tale about what happens when our passion for the life we want is at odds with the life we have. (goodreads)

What books are on your shelf these days?


Vasilly said...

I added Bourbon to my pile this week too. It sounds like such an interesting red. Enjoy!

Brian Joseph said...

The history off food and drink can be so very interesting. As a Craft Beer aficionado I have done a fair amount of reading concerning that beverage. The story of Bourbon looks to be intriguing.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Very interesting reads. Thanks for sharing these.

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Unknown said...

Looks like an interesting collection. Enjoy.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

All three look like good reads!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Last Night at the Blue Angel looks awesome...enjoy all of your books. Here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

Red Iza said...

My boyfriend wants to read your Bourbon book ;) Have a great reading week !

The Reading Date said...

Last Night at the Blue Angel caught my eye. Hope you enjoy it and all your books!

The Bookworm said...

Fantastic looking books. The Medici Boy sounds great. Happy reading.

Vicki said...

All your books are new to me! Enjoy them all!

Elizabeth said...

Bourbon looks good.

Enjoy them all and your reading week.

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Suko said...

Very nice "mailbox"! I hope you have a great week of reading, Harvee.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

Nice variety - all three look good.

Hope your new feeder gets lots of birds. Those are the only three kinds of finches that visit my feeders too, and purple finches only stop by during migration.

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