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   Balogreene  I signed up for the Hillsdale College course on Ancient Lit. Their lecturers are fantastic. The book is excerpted as pdf's to read on you computer (the portions the professor is using to make his points ). And, I looked them up, there is a free version of each book on Kindle (I mean come on, they are VERY old books ). It is a great survey course if anyone is interested.
13 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  I'm almost finished with "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune" by Dedman & Newell. Huguette Clark lived a mostly reclusive life, dying fairly recently. The story is almost fairy-talish, with such enormous sums of money being spent so profligately. I recommend it. It's quick reading and gives a view into a life most of us would never be in contact with.
Friday at 06:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  Your write up was so intriguing I went to the following website: http://www.emptymansionsbook.com/ - where you can read a bit more, tour her homes/apt., etc. Fascinating.
Friday at 10:06 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks! I'm off to visit and marvel.
Friday at 14:00 EST .

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   Mike PHX  Thanks, Storms. You've basically supplied my summer reading list. I'm just finishing "Manson" by Jeff Guinn, about to start "Go Down Together" by same. Now this will have to be on deck. The family that gave the name to the county that Vegas is in and the accumulation and profligacy connected to it? Gimme!
Yesterday at 07:59 EST .

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   StormCnter  [curtsey]

I'm working on my book order list today. It's a long one.
Yesterday at 11:22 EST .

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   Gram77  Got lucky at the library today. Got a new book that I couldn't decide whether to buy or hope I would sooner or later find at the library. The title is The Wives of Los Alamos by Tarashea Nesbitt. The husbands of these wives were scientists and recruited to work on the development of the atomic bomb. The wives knew nothing except that they were going to the desert. They would know nothing the entire time they lived there. In this book we are told what their lives were during those years.
July 24 at 16:35 EST .

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   Balogreene  Gram, I spent several years in Albuquerque, South of Los Alamos. People my age, 60ish, who were born in Los Alamos, up until the '60s, have the address on their birth certificates listed as a PO Box in Santa Fe! No one knew Los Alamos existed. I've been there, it's a nice little town, with a huge airstrip, and really based around the labs, which still do top-secret research.
Friday at 00:46 EST .

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   StormCnter  I will put that book on my list, Gram. It sounds good.
Friday at 06:47 EST .

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   MeiDei  Often if one book about an area, Spain in this case, intrigues me I seek out other books of like kind albeit different eras. This book was bought w/Guernica.

An historical novel about Sofinisba Anguussola, the first renowned female artist of the Renaissance, who studied under Michangelo (not DaVinci as I first thought-grr ).
The title is: The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen. A blurb about it:

"A lush and compelling tale of royal intrigue and artistic longing, set in the sixteenth century Spanish court. — The Creation of Eve is based on the true but little-known story of Sofonisba Anguissola, the first renowned female portraitist of the Renaissance. After a scandal in Michelangelo's workshop, Sofonisba flees Italy and joins the Spanish court of King Felipe II to be a lady-in-waiting (art teacher ) to his young bride. Sofonisba befriends the queen, only to become embroiled in a love triangle involving the queen, the king, and the king's illegitimate half brother, Don Juan. The Creation of Eve combines art, romance, and history from the golden age in Spain in a story that asks the question: Can you ever truly know another person's heart?"
July 23 at 14:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  For more info on this remarkable woman for her time go to:
http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofonisba_Angu
issola

besides her background they have several of her paintings pictured.
July 23 at 16:14 EST .

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   Balogreene  You might like Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, by Ross King. From Publisher's Weekly:
King re-creates Michelangelo's day-to-day world: the assistants who worked directly on
the Sistine Chapel, the continuing rivalry with Raphael and the figures who had much to
do with his world if not his art (da Vinci, Savonarola, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Martin Luther,
Erasmus ), including the steely Julius II. King makes the familiar fresh, reminding the reader
of the "novelty" of Michelangelo's image of God and how "completely unheard of in
previous depictions of the ancestors of Christ" was his use of women.
It is an excellent book, very well-written, often amusing. Michelangelo was actually resentful for Rafael, who did murals for the Pope's apartment, which still exist.
Friday at 00:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you for the reference - will look out for it.
Friday at 07:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  Boy did I get Guernica wrong (below )... you can see I'm off about titles. Guernica is an extraordinary work based, historical in context, in the Basque region of Spain. It is both heartwarming and heartbreaking as you follow the lives of the main characters. The book was written by Dave Boling. A brief preview:

PNBA AWARDS COMMITTEE on 2009 Fiction Award winning "Guernica"
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"... the novel is about loss, but also about loss's counterpoints, love and endurance. The description of the bombing of Guernica is so moving, detailed and sad that it becomes almost unbearable. By this point in the story, we're so familiar with the families of the town that we are pulled to the depths of their tragedy and pain. ... ultimately, this is a universal story. Through art and the historical record, Guernica is emblazoned in memory, enduring as an expression of individual and collective outrage."
THE WASHINGTON POST

Now I'll have to search for the book about the only female to study under DaVinci, her life as an indentured teacher to a royal child in the Spanish Court, & after.
July 23 at 12:19 EST .

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   Safetydude  Most of the citizens of Guernica were slaughtered by the German Nazi's who were supporting Francos' Nationalits forces during the Spanish civil war.

http://www.pablopicasso.org/guernica.jsp
July 23 at 19:14 EST .

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   RoseOfTexas  http://christianaudio.com/free Free audio book Lion of Babylon by T. Davis Bunn. I've read & enjoyed several of his books & this looks like an interesting one. Every month this site offers a free book download.
July 20 at 22:47 EST .

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   Balogreene  Rose, I finally joined, looks like they have a lot of good stuff, and I can play it on my iPhone! Thanks a lot.
13 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  Any James Lee Burke fans? There's a nice piece in today's Daily Beast about Burke and his latest.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/20/james-lee-b
urke-talks-about-his-fiction-history-and-the-american-dream.
html
July 20 at 08:46 EST .

   9 people like this.




   Gram77  Just finished The Martian. It's not like the books I usually read but boy am I glad I did.
July 17 at 13:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  Not like my usual choice of book, either, Gram, but I won't be forgetting that one.
July 17 at 17:38 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm midway through "The Romanov Sisters" by Helen Rappaport, about the Tsar's daughters. I had read a couple of Rappaport's previous books and this one is a winner, too. For some reason, the book is also available as "Four Sisters", possibly the English release.
July 15 at 13:55 EST .

   5 people like this.



   MeiDei  I love historical books that are based on letters & diaries so I'll look out for this one too.

The last good historical book about the only female to study under DaVinci that I read was "Guernica" I don't know if it's still in print; found it late last year in the Dollar Store.
July 16 at 12:40 EST .

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   Safetydude  Almost finished my first Vince Flynn, 'Mitch Rapp' series novel; "Extreme Measures".
I like it alot' except for the graphic details about changing a baby's "soiled"(not a word I would use )diaper.
I think a detailed description of waterboarding would be more palitable.
July 14 at 18:54 EST .

   3 people like this.


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