June 11, 2013
Cleopatra: a life by Stacy Schiff
Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties. She had children by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Antony she would attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled both their ends. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
July 9, 2013
The Daughter of Providence by Julie Drew
Anne Dodge was raised by her New England Protestant father in the small
coastal town of Warwick, Rhode Island. She has always been told that her
Portuguese mother abandoned them when Anne was a small child, and died
without ever contacting them again. After her mother's death, Anne
learns that she has a half-sister, Maria Cristina, who was raised among
Portuguese immigrants. But when Maria Cristina comes to stay with Anne
and her father, ugly truths begin to surface.
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