The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
Published by Orion on January 1st 1970
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Reading this book was like mashing the Movie Elizabeth with the Showtime series “The Tudors”!
Queen Elizabeth I is given her Mother’s diary. She is intrigued as she really did not know her Mother. As she begins reading the journal she is given a glimpse into the life of her Mother, her Mother’s relatives and also showed her a part of her father she did not know. The Diary chronicles the time before Anne was married to Henry VIII and up until the day of her execution.
This is a book that blends history with fiction. I didn’t feel as if I learned anything new but it was an entertaining read about court life, relationships, secrets, and historical events. Even though I knew what was going to happen and have read about Anne Boleyn in various books, this was an entertaining tale A fast read. This is the type of book that one can read on a lazy Sunday afternoon or on a plane. It’s not too earth shattering, does not require much thought, and is interesting.
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Published by Orion on August 6th 2009
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A family comes together to sit Shiva after the death of their father. This is the first time all of the sibling, their spouses, children and Mother have been together in years. On top of having to deal with his dysfunctional family,Judd has recently found his wife in bed with his boss and later learns his wife if pregnant. This sets the stage/ mood for the book.Judd is mourning the loss of many things as he sits Shiva with his family(his marriage, his dead baby, his father, his lack of relationship with his siblings, his job). As the family begins to sit Shiva in their Mother’s home, the drama really begins. Their Mother is considered an expert on child rearing and is happy to talk about her best selling book and expertise even though her own children are dysfunctional. Their Mother also has a secret. But in a way all of her children have secrets. Death, Infertility, Adultery, Mourning, all set the stage for the chaos which ensues.Heartbreaking at times, laugh out loud funny at times