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posted by [personal profile] askye at 07:54pm on 17/01/2006 under
I finished two books this weekend!YAY! Books 1 and 2 for 2006.

1. The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism by Megan Marshall. I picked this because I liked the title and was curious about these sisters. Unfortunatly the book left me with more questions than answers. Mostly because I was ignorant of who they are, I checked amazon.com and it looks like there are individual biographies, but this was the first one about the sisters and their relationship. The three sisters are Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia. Elizabeth was heavily involved in education and reform and also was a bookseller and publisher -- or got books published it's a bit fuzzy. Mary, the middle sister, kind of gets shafted in the book, she married Horace Mann and Sophia was very ill and married Nathaniel Hawthorne. Elizabeth never married. I'm still digesting the book and want to go back and find more books about them individually and also about the Transcendalists.

If you are interested in women's history, definitly read this.

2. Murder in the Marais : An Aimee Leduc Investigation by Cara Black. This book takes place in France, Aimee Leduc is a private investigator who is hired by a Rabbi to decrypt a photograph and then deliver it to a woman. When Aimee gets there the woman is dead and Amiee, on her own, investigates the murder. She has an assistant who is a dwarf and they are both very good with computers. I know nothing about France or anything French so I have no idea how accurate it is on that case. Actually I'm not sure how accurate the stuff about the computers is either. I maybe glad I'm not sure because otherwise I might want to throw the book across the room screaming "NOO!!! GAHH! It doesn't work like that!!" I have a feeling the decryption stuff is off. Also there's this bit about her eyesight going in the beginning so she has trouble at night and then it's not really mentioned again. There's one character who's never accounted for at the end the book and his story line is just left hanging.

I don't think I'll read the sequel.

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