What We Are Reading In September 2016
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by Dava Sobel
This was an interesting book on Galileo and his relationship with his daughter Virginia, later changed to Suor Maria Celeste when she entered the convent at the age of 13 with her sister. Galileo and his daughter were very close and her letters to him had been saved and make up part of this book. They remained loyal to each other through his trials with the church. The book did discuss his work and the problems that caused with the church. The only problem I had with the book was that at times reading about his work took a lot of concentration but I did enjoy his daughter's letters. His letters to her were never found or had been destroyed.
It is a fascinating look back at that time period and Suor Maria Celeste shed a light on what it was like living in a convent in that time period. Had she been born in modern ages, I could see her working with her father in his area since she comes across as very intuitive and smart.
Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz (It's about the rise and fall of infamous abolitionist John Brown.)
The War for Late Night by Bill Carter (Remember when Conan O'Brien was the Tonight Show's host for six months? This is that story.)
The End of Absence by Michael Harris (An exploration of what is gained and lost in our transition to a forever connected world.)
by Margaret Powell, Leigh Crutchley (Ghost writer)
This is an enjoyable true story about the life of a kitchen maid in England. She lends a nice perspective regarding that time period.
Rhymes & Reasons by James C. Christensen
This is actually a children's book but I was interested in it because it gave a short synopsis about the background of each of the rhymes. My favorite two had to be Little Miss Muffet who allegedly was Patience Muffet whose father was a British entomologist who studied spiders and Tweedledee and Tweedledum who were based on the composers, George Frideric Handel and Giovanni Bononcini who quarreled over their musical reputations. Too short for me, would love to read more about the historical background of the rhymes.
>22 JulieLill:, >23 LynnB:, Do you know of Iona & Peter Opie's book of nursery rhymes? Eminently wishlistworthy.