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G715 Book Review of Marlene by C.W. Gortner

Name of Book: Marlene

Author: C.W. Gortner

ISBN: 978-0-06-240606-4

Publisher: William Morrow

Type of book: 1914-1946, Marlene Dietrich, WWI, WWII, Hollywood, defiance, Nazism, California, USA, movie star, jobs, Great Depression, movies, unconventional, Berlin, unconventional life and lifestyle

Year it was published: 2016


A lush, dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, Marlene Dietrich, from the gender-bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood—a sweeping story of passion, glamour, ambition, art, and war from the author of Mademoiselle Chanel.

Raised in genteel poverty after the first World War, Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage. When a budding career as a violinist is cut short, the willful teenager vows to become a singer, trading her family’s proper, middle class society for the free-spirited, louche world of Weimar Berlin’s cabarets and drag balls. With her sultry b…

G710 Book Review of 1906 by James Dalessandro

Name of Book: 1906

Author: James Dalessandro

ISBN: 0-965-44233-0

Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC

Type of book: April 1906, earthquake, disaster, San Francisco California, corruption, history, natural disaster, revenge, fire, early detective methods, work, family, friendships, relationships, Enrico Carusso, opera

Year it was published: 2004


Now available in paperback, James Dalessandro's "riveting account of corruption, greed, and murder in the City by the Bay" (Dallas Morning News) was a best-seller in hardcoverand production has begun on a major motion picture. Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning historical novel reveals recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Narrated by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Post-Victorian city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the arrival of tenor Enrico Caruso a…

Book Spotlight for The Florentine Deception by Carey Nachenberg

Book Description for The Florentine Deception:
A seemingly mundane computer clean-up leads to an electrifying quest for an enigmatic—and deadly—treasure in this gripping techno-thriller.
After selling his dorm-room startup for millions and effectively retiring at the age of twenty-five, Alex Fife is eager for a new challenge. When he agrees to clean up an old PC as a favor, he never expects to find the adventure of a lifetime waiting for him inside the machine. But as he rummages through old emails, Alex stumbles upon a startling discovery: The previous owner, a shady antiques smuggler, had been trying to unload a mysterious object known as the Florentine on the black market. And with the dealer’s untimely passing, the Florentine is now unaccounted for and ripe for the taking. Alex dives headfirst into a hunt for the priceless object.
​What starts out as a seemingly innocuous pursuit quickly devolves into a nightmare when Alex discovers the true technological nature of the Florentine. No…

G709 Book Review of the rivals of Versailles by sally Christie

Name of Book: The Rivals of Versailles

Author: Sally Christie

ISBN: 978-1-5011-0299-8

Publisher: Atria Books

Part of a Series: The Mistresses of Versailles

Type of book: France, Rivals, Jeannette-Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, history, 1730s, 1741-1764, Versailles, romance, Marie-Anne Nesle, Morphise, Rosalie, friendship, depravities

Year it was published: 2016


And you thought sisters were a thing to fear. In this compelling follow-up to Sally Christie's clever and absorbing debut, we meet none other than the Marquise de Pompadour, one of the greatest beauties of her generation and the first bourgeois mistress ever to grace the hallowed halls of Versailles.

I write this before her blood is even cold. She is dead, suddenly, from a high fever. The King is inconsolable, but the way is now clear.

The way is now clear.

The year is 1745. Marie-Anne, the youngest of the infamous Nesle sisters and King Louis XV's most beloved mistress, is gone, making room for the next R…