Posts Tagged ‘touching’

The Help

November 28, 2012


Title: The Help
Author: Stockett, Kathryn
Publication Date:2009
Pages:464 pages
Geographical Setting: Jackson, Mississippi
Time Period: The Sixties (20th century)
Genre:Historical fiction
Series: N/A

Plot Summary:
The author tells a sombre story using three women’s perspective as they share their experiences in Jackson, Mississippi in the mid 60’s. Aibileen and Minny are African American women working as maids in white holds. Aibileen, though has had her own share of personal tragedies, however she is dutiful, loyal and loves the white children she takes care of. Minny on the other hand is sour, resentful and does not hesitate to speak her mind. Skeeter, a young white graduate has an inner struggle about finding who she is and settling down like all of her friends. As the story develops, Skeeter an aspiring writer, feels compassion for the plight of these black maids as they are mistreated while working for these families. She tries to convince the maids to tell their story about how it feels to cook, clean and take care of these white children under such degrading circumstances. As we learn about these women’s lives, we also get an insight into the racial prejudice and discrimination in the the south during the mid 1960‘s. The story moves very fast urging you to follow the characters they develop to find out what eventually happens.
Despite the evocation of sadness and melancholy in the story, the occasional interjections of humor help liven up the overall tone of the book.

Subject Headings: African-American women, Civil Rights Movement, College graduates,
Domestic workers, Housekeepers, Interracial friendship, Race relations, The Sixties (20th century)

Three Appeal Terms: Fast-paced, Compelling, Thought Provoking,

Appeal: Touching, thought-provoking, humorous and compelling, provocative, lively, dialect-rich, upbeat, moving, strong sense of place, engrossing, captivating, Fascinating

Fiction Read-Alikes:

The healing by Odell, Jonathan
A historical fiction – a personal account of a former slave’s experiences during pre civil rights movements in the south. This is a great read alike for those who truly enjoyed The Help and are curious about the lives of the slaves and how they coped.

We are all welcome here by Berg, Elizabeth
Here again, like the The Help we find three women but facing different types of struggles and survival – a bedridden mother, a teenager looking for freedom and an African American caregiver. The author portrays the relationship between race and class during the civil rights movements. This book would appeal to those interested in women’s quest for survival under grave circumstances, but with a lighter tone than in The Help.

Roots: the saga of an American family by Alex Haley
This award winning novel takes you right into the authentic story of slavery portrayed by this African American family. You follow the protagonist Kunte Kinte directly from capture in Africa, his resistance and eventual arrival and forced into slavery. This story spans seven generations of this family recounting their history through work in plantation, civil war and reconstruction period.

Non-Fiction Read-Alikes:

Song in a weary throat: an American pilgrimage by Murray, Paulie
Find a real personal account of Pauli Murray on the civil rights movement, women rights and advocacy. This will appeal to those who would like to learn more about race integration and major works on women’s rights.

Civil rights movement: people and perspectives by Michael, Ezra
For those who are interested in civil rights movements and its effect on the nation, this is a great resource. The book is comprehensive and gives various perspectives on the events of the civil rights era.

W.E.B. DuBois: biography of a race, 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis
The biography of DuBois is an intelligent and detailed work. It is a great resource with in-depth account and analysis of the history of racism, civil war and civil rights movements. A well researched book and a credible source. Those intrigued by the level of racism and prejudice as portrayed in The Help would appreciate this resource.

Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0-22

April 18, 2012

Author: MariNaomi

Title: Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0-22

Genre: Graphic Novel

Publication Date: 2011

Number of Pages: 331

Geographical Setting: California

Time Period: Contemporary

Series: N/A

Plot Summary:

This graphic novel is full of sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and often surprising stories from the authors life.  The stories, told in chronological order, follow MariNaomi’s love life from before she was born, starting with her parents story and ending when she is roughly 22 years old.  Some of the stories are short and sweet, while others are longer or more complicated. In addition to her stories of sex, love, and heartbreak, MariNaomi tells of her adolescence rebellion, getting kicked out of her house and running away several times throughout her youth.  She also tells of her experiments with drug use and sexuality. Almost anyone can relate to at least a few of the stories from Naomi’s life.  The black and white illustrations depict the stories well.

Subject Headings: MariNaomi, Young women – Identity, Mate selection for women, Women – Sexuality, Dating (Social customs), First sexual experience, Self-discovery in women, Women — Interpersonal relations

Appeals: touching, fast-paced, sexual, heartbreaking, candid, bittersweet, character-centered, self-discovery, sympathetic characters, funny, relatable, coming of age

3 Appeal terms to best describe book: fast-paced, touching, coming of age

Non-fiction:
Blankets: An Illustrated Novel by Craig Thompson- In this coming of age, autobiographical graphic novel the author takes us through his adolescence.  Thompson describes the experience of falling in love for the first time as well as the power of sexual attraction and young love.

Talking to Girls about Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut by Rob Sheffield- In this funny, upbeat coming of age novel the author describes his experiences trying to find love starting at the age of 13.  The book leads the reader all the way through to the author’s first apartment and real girlfriend with 80’s and 90’s music as a guide.

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. This graphic tells of the love life of a diverse group of lesbian friends.  These funny, witty stories explore sexuality between women, which MariNaomi experiments with in Kiss & Tell.

Fiction:
Shortcoming by Adrian Tomine- This funny graphic novel follows a twenty something, Ben, as he looks for the perfect girl. Much like MariNaomi the story is told with humor and follows the life of a Japanese American in their quest for love.

Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross. This semi-autobiographical story follows Melissa as she enters high school. Experimenting with drugs, failing classes, and dealing with the opposite sex are just some of the subjects discussed in this coming of age graphic novel.

Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun. Korean teen Joon runs away from her home in Brooklyn at the age of 12. This novel follows her as she lives in homeless shelters, struggles with drug abuse, and puts herself in dangerous situations. MariNaomi also ran away and was kicked out of her home several times as a teenager.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

March 21, 2012

Author: Green, John (and David Levithan)

Genre: GLBT, Literary Fiction

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 310

Geographical Setting: Chicago

Time Period: Current

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary:  Will Grayson and will grayson, are troubled teens that live around the Chicagoland area. One is straight (Will Grayson) and the other is gay (will grayson). The straight Will Grayson is a teen who does not want to draw attention nor be noticed by anyone, but having a friend named Tiny Cooper, who is a big lovable gay teen who is in search of romantic relationships and is planning to make a fabulous musical about his life, does not help. The gay will grayson is a teen who has nothing good going on in his life, except for a boy he met online named Isaac and his friend Maura. Both Will Grayson and will grayson end up crossing paths when will grayson goes to meet Isaac. This meeting changes the lives of Will Grayson, will grayson, Tiny Cooper, and Maura, who has an interest in will grayson. This story is dramatic throughout the book and is very realistic. The story is very moving, full of bittersweet romance but funny.

Subject Headings: Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction – Dating (Social customs) – Homosexuality – Overweight persons – Theater – Names, Personal fiction – Chicago (Ill.) Fiction.

Appeal: Fast-paced, intricately plotted, bittersweet, funny, gentle, dramatic, moving, hopeful, romantic, thoughtful, compassionate, multiple points of view, realistic, strong secondary character, touching, thought-provoking, and sympathetic.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Bittersweet, funny, and touching.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Huegel, Kelly – GLBTQ: the survival guide for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens (Guide/advice for GLBTQ teens)

Swain, Keith W. – Dynamic Duos: the alpha/beta key to unlocking success in gay relationships (A guide for gay men to finding Mr. Right)

Bergquist, Kathie – A Field Guide to Gay & Lesbian (A guide for gay and lesbians around the Chicago).

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Elkeles, Simone – Perfect Chemistry (series) (A love relationship between two teenagers, where their friends disapprove of their relationship. This is told in multiple perspectives and it is a realistic fiction)

Hopkins, Ellen – Tricks (GLBT/realistic fiction told in multiple perspectives. A story of five teenagers that falls into prostitution and tries to find their way back to freedom and happiness)

Magruder, James– Sugarless (GLBT fiction which takes place in Chicago suburbs. A story about a teen who copes with his life by joining a speech team. He later has an affair with a speech coach from a rival school).

Name: Jun Yoon

Ceremony

August 17, 2011

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Author: Leslie Marmon Silko

Title:  Ceremony

Genre:  Native American Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Publication Date: 1977, 2006

Number of Pages:  243

Geographical Setting:  WWII Japan, American West

Time Period: 1930s, WWII, post-World War II

Plot Summary: Tayo, a Native American World War II veteran, struggles with coming to terms with the death of his cousin in the war while trying to overcome “battle fatigue.” The story is ripe with flashbacks to the war and Tayo’s childhood on the reservation as well as traditional Laguna stories and tales.

Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 –Veterans –Fiction.

Laguna Indians — Fiction

Appeal: densely written, bleak, moving, introspective, character-driven, emotional, details of Laguna life, powerful, realistic, touching, thought provoking, deep, honest, well-crafted

3 terms that best describe this book: moving, character-driven, introspective

 

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest – Craig Childs

Just as Tayo’s tribe was being to be “lost” in the white world, this book explores the lost civilization of the Anasazi tribe.

Spirit walker – Nancy Wood and Frank Howell

Native American poetry that draws on tradition and imagery.

Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony: A Casebook – Allan Chavkin

An academic look at Ceremony, including 14 essays that provide more information on Native American traditions.

3 relevant fiction works and authors:

War woman: a novel of the Real People – Robert J Conley

A novel based on the early struggles between the Cherokee and the Europeans. Tribal traditions and beliefs are woven into the story.

Love medicine – Louise Erdrich

Interwoven stories exploring the past and present struggles of Native tribes.

A yellow raft in blue water – Michael Dorris

A more modern look at the hardships of life on a reservation.

A Lesson Before Dying

August 17, 2011

Author:  Gaines, Ernest J.

Title:  A Lesson Before Dying

Genre:  African American Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Publication Date: 1997

Number of Pages:  256

Geographical Setting:  Bayonne, LA

Time Period:  late 1940s, post-World War II

Series:  N/A

Plot SummaryA Lesson Before Dying is the story of Jefferson, a young black man in rural Louisiana in the 1940s sentenced to die for a murder he did not commit.  In his closing statement, Jefferson’s defense lawyer argues that Jefferson is as ignorant and stupid as animal, no better than a mere hog, incapable of planning such a crime, but the all-white jury finds him guilty.  From that point on, Jefferson only thinks of himself as a hog.   Miss Emma, Jefferson’s grandmother, persuades Grant Wiggins, the local schoolteacher to speak to Jefferson to help raise him up to believe in himself again as a man, so that he may die with dignity.  The story is told in first person by Wiggins, the black boy who was able to leave the plantation to pursue a better life, but is back as the schoolteacher, burned out now by the futility of teaching poor blacks in the rural South.  Full of self-doubts, Wiggins doesn’t feel he is up to the task, but during their meetings in prison, he discovers as much about himself as Jefferson, and both men re-examine what it means to be a human being, and the strength of the human spirit.  A Lesson Before Dying is a realistic and insightful look at life in the rural South in the 1940s, and the racial prejudice that was an accepted part of everyday life. The characters are believable and very human.   In simple but powerful prose, Gaines lets the realities of the story speak for themselves almost as if this were a nonfiction peace of work.

Subject Headings: Rural Poor, African American Death Row Prisoners, African American Men, African American Teachers, Injustice, Manhood, Race Relations, The South

Appeal: moving, character driven, eloquent, emotional, detailed, ennobling, heartbreaking, powerful, classic, realistic, touching, thought provoking, simple, deep, honest, unflinching

3 terms that best describe this book: simple, honest, eloquent

Similar Authors and Works

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors: A Saint on Death Row:  The Story of Dominique Green by Thomas Cahill is an eerily similar story of a black man on Death Row accused of shooting a white man during a robbery.   Jackie Robinson:  A Biography by Arold Rampersad is the story of the first black Major League baseball player.  Brainwashed:  Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell deals with the disturbing question of why so many blacks still think and act like slaves.

3 Revelant Fiction Works and Authors:  As I Lay Dying by William Falkner has the similar bleak setting of life in the rural South, as well as the same poignant feel .  To Kill a Mockingbird has a similar plot, setting, and sense of hopelessness of a black man falsely accused and judged by whites.  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck has the same simple prose and similar theme of rural poverty and injustice.

Chris M.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

August 1, 2011

Author:  Franklin, Tom

TitleCrooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Genre:  Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Thriller

Publication Date:  2010

Number of Pages:  288

Geographical Setting:  Rural Mississippi

Time Period:  Present Day

Series:  N/A

Plot Summary: In the late 1970s in Chabot, MS, two boys come together for a short yet pivotal time in their lives to share a boyhood friendship that neither can acknowledge.  Larry is white, odd and bookish, the son of lower middle class parents.  Silas is black and poor, the son of a single mom moved from Chicago, to a cabin on land owned by Larry’s father.   For one summer, they roam the woods together, and Larry teaches Silas about hunting and fishing.  Larry finally has the friend his mother has prayed for.  When school starts, the lines of segregation are drawn and the boys lead separate lives.  Larry becomes ostracized as the class nerd, while Silas, who excels at baseball, becomes the high school star.  One night Larry takes a popular local girl on a date and she disappears without a trace.  Although never formally accused, Larry, with his peculiar ways is presumed guilty.  Twenty-five years pass.  “Scary Larry” leads a solitary existence shunned by the local townspeople, and Silas, who went off to school, has returned to Chabot as the local police constable.  Their paths cross again when another girl goes missing and all eyes turn to Larry as the obvious suspect.  It is up to Silas to investigate Larry’s involvement,  and in the process, he is forced to remember boyhood secrets he has tried so hard to forget.   Crooked Letter Crooked Letter is a beautifully written, poignant story told in flashbacks.  Although there is a mystery element in the plot, the book is really a heart wrenching character study of Larry and Silas, and how actions and circumstances in their past have had devastating effects on their lives. It is the story of friendship, loneliness, racism, good and evil, and having the courage to make things right no matter what the cost.   The author, Tom Franklin, is a master at setting the mood in this book, which reeks of southern Gothic, wasted lives, small town tragedies and decaying secrets.  He moves the story along at a languid, southern pace, but introduces intriguing plot elements and characters that make it hard to put the book down.  The language is wonderfully authentic, and the southern dialogue perfectly fits the story.  Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, with its powerful theme of forgiveness and redemption, is a book that will resonate with the reader long after the story has ended.

Subject Headings:  Mississippi, segregation, murder mystery, psychological fiction, police investigations, rural South, Nero migration, racial issues, southern fiction

Appeal:  Foreshadowing, flashbacks, poignant, heart breaking, touching, atmospheric, emotional, slow paced, rich character development, complex plot, suspenseful, compelling, thought provoking, engaging, hopeful.

3 terms that best describe this book:  Atmospheric, poignant, thought provoking

Similar Authors and Works

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:  Melton A. McLaurin, Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South, authors account of his boyhood in the 1950s set in rural South; Ann Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi, autobiography of author’s struggle to overcome racism in rural South during the 1950s and 1960s;  James C. Cobb, The Most Southern Place on Earth:  The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity, a historic and economic account of life on the Mississippi Delta.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:  Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides, a southern family coming to grips with secrets from their past; Dennis Lehane, Mystic River , psychological suspense also dealing with a murder and someone falsely accused; Stuart Woods, Chiefs, a murder mystery set in the rural South.

Name:  Chris Murray

A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s by Katherine Valentine

April 20, 2011

Author: Katherine Valentine
Title: A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s
Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Gentle Reads
Publication Date: 2002
Number of Pages: 278
Geographical Setting: Dorsetville, Connecticut; New England
Time Period: Contemporary
Series: Dorsetville Series

Plot Summary: Katherine Valentine has been critiqued by some for imitating Jan Karon’s popular Mitford series, however, A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s will warm the hearts of many who love a wholesome and gentle read with a Catholic spin. The novel tells the story of the residents of the town of Dorsetville, Connecticut in the New England area from the perspective of Father James Flaherty who is in a dire predicament. The Archdiocese wants to shut down the town’s beloved church because of declining membership and its inability to sustain itself. Yet, the story envelopes into the characters’ lives well so that we, as the reader, don’t want the church to close either. The residents and the priest try to come up with ideas to save the church and through an accidental miracle, faith is restored and lives are changed. This is the first in the Dorsetville series by Valentine who also tells us her story of renewed life in the acknowledgements that certainly provide some additional wealth to the story.

Subject Headings: Catholic Church, Clergy, Small town life, Eccentrics, Faith, Compassion, Miracles; Dorsetville, Connecticut New England (U.S.); St. Cecilia’s Church, Church, Mill town, Small town; 2000s, 21st century; Fiction, Christian, Inspirational; Eccentric; Priest

Appeal: Christian, Catholicism, inspirational, saintly, gentle, heartwarming, soft, kind, compassionate, religious, overcoming obstacles, uplifting, touching, faithful, miraculous, light humor, small-town life, close-knit community relationships, sugar sweet, tender

3 terms that best describe this book: inspirational, heartwarming, touching

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
Catechism of the Catholic Church is a book used in many classrooms and teachings to help those interested in becoming Catholic or just want to learn more about the religion. It is put out by the US Catholic Church and includes an index so you can look up certain topics. Readers on Amazon.com have responded that this is an easily readable and understandable book.

Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 Cents at a Time by Jane Knuth tells the true story of Jane who takes up volunteer work at a St. Vincent DePaul thrift store in Kalamazoo, MI. Through her experiences, she talks about the fulfilling and touching stories that filled her days by helping shoppers of the store.

The Year of Living Like Jesus: My Journey of Discovering What Jesus Would Really Do by Ed Dobson tells us the story of how Dobson took one year to literally interpret the Bible and its teachings. Through his journey, he discovers compassion, humility and faith in a likeable and enjoyable format of diary entries and prose.
3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
Jan Karon’s Mitford Series is another heartwarming series of novels who readers will enjoy for a soft and gentle series of characters and stories. The first in the series is At Home in Mitford which tells the story of the main character, Father Tim, at home in the small North Carolina town of Mitford, and what is described as ordinary people with ordinary lives. Christian and inspirational fiction lovers will find this series comforting.

In another series called Song of Erin, for readers who are looking for additional inspirational fiction surrounding Catholicism, yet would enjoy a more historical tale, B. J. Hoff writes about the saga of an Irish-American family and their escape from poverty and tragedy in Ireland to a new life in 1800’s New York City. Cloth of Heaven is the first in the series.

The book, In the Land of Second Chances by George Shaffner is described by BookList as a cross between Touched by an Angel and The Five People You Meet in Heaven and is the first in a series of books surrounding one of the main characters, Wilma Porter. The novel is about the residents of small town Ebb, Nebraska and with the help of a stranger, discover hope, faith and strength in overcoming obstacles.

-Jennifer Peterson

Pride of Baghdad

June 8, 2009

Author: Brian K. Vaughn (writer) and Kiko Henrichon (artist)

Title: Pride of Baghdad

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publication Date: 2006

Length: 136

Geographical Setting: Baghdad, Iraq

Time Period: 2003

Series: n/a

Plot Summary: In April 2003, four lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during the American invasion of Iraq. Under this premise, Vaughn builds almost a fable out of what their story might have been. Greeting these four lions just before the US forces bomb the zoo, their histories unfold for us: the jaded older lioness, the eager and honorable younger lioness, her anxious and exuberant cub, and the somewhat stoic male. The bombing offers them the opportunity to leave and find the freedom that they remember, but is it anything like what they remember? Vaughn’s tale is both heart warming and heartbreaking and is an introspective look into what freedom is. Henrichon’s art is vivid and real, with a palette that suits the often bleak landscape. So much of this story is brought to life perfectly through the brushstrokes and colors of the artwork which brings such emotion to the characters and their story.

Subject Headings: Lions — Iraq — Comic books, strips, etc. , Iraq War, 2003- — Comic books, strips, etc., War on Terrorism, 2001- — Comic books, strips, etc.

Appeal Terms: vivid, graphic, touching, dynamic characters, measured pace, character centered story, contemporary, urban,evocative, bleak, bittersweet, emotionally-charged, uneasy, harsh, accessible, unpretentious, allegorical

terms that best describe this book: vivid, grim, heart wrenching.

Similar Works and Authors (fiction):
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham and artists: Anthropomorphic animals, fables, touching stories. Graphic Novel.

Alia’s Miss on: Saving the Books of Iraq by Mark Alan Stamaty: based on a true story out of the war in Iraq. Graphic Novel.

We3 by Grant Morrison: Three animals work together together to get home. Animals dealing with loss of innocence and the hostile human world. Graphic Novel.

Similar Works and Authors (non-fiction):
A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal by Asne Seierstad: shows the tapestry of Iraq in wartime, personal experiences, touching.

Born Free: a Lioness of Two Worlds by Joy Adamson: Story of a lioness, hand raised by a couple, slowly released back into the wild, which maintains a bond with the couple that raised it.

Babylon’s Ark: the Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence: The Incredible story of a man fighting to save the Baghdad Zoo and its survivors after the 2003 bombing it suffered.

Name: Chris

The Duke and I

April 1, 2009

Author: Julia Quinn
Title: The Duke and I
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: 2000
Number of pages: 371
Geographical Setting: London, England
Time period: 1813
Series: 1st book in Bridgerton series

Plot summary:All of London is abuzz when dashing Simon Bassett, the heir to the Dukedom of Hastings, reappears in town after years of traveling abroad. Simon is a bachelor and, immediately, opportunistic society mothers start playing matchmaker for their daughters. However, he has vowed never to marry, and finds this attention unbearable. He strikes up a quick friendship with his friend’s sister, Daphne, and they concoct a plot that will benefit both of them – the two will pretend to be courting, making Simon unavailable to all of the eligible young ladies and making Daphne appear more desirable to society gentlemen, who up until now have only viewed her as a friend, rather than a potential wife. Things take a turn when Daphne and Simon realize their true feelings for one another, and a passionate romance begins to unfold. But Simon is hiding some painful secrets from his past that have the power to jeopardize his future with Daphne.

Subject headings: Marriage; Man-woman relationships; London (England); Betrothal—England, Regency romances; England–History–19th century; England—Social life and customs–19th century

Appeal: emotional, domestic, character driven, colorful, humorous, touching, romantic, lively, playful, historical details of 19th century England, dramatic, witty, passionate, racy, fast paced, strong secondary characters

Similar works (fiction): An Affair to Remember – Karen Hawkins (regency romance, similar tone, humor, strong female protagonist, well-developed secondary characters)
The Rake – Suzanne Enoch (humor, strong/lively characters, regency romance)
A Rake’s Vow – Stephanie Laurens (19th century England, well-drawn characters, strong female characters, unexpected romance develops)

Similar works (nonfiction): Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England – Judith Flanders (social life in the 19th century, domestic, historical details)
An Elegant Madness: High Society in Regency England– Venetia Murray (details of upper class life, romance, scandals)
Victoria’s Daughters – Jerrold M. Packard (biography of Queen Victoria’s five daughters; emphasis on women’s lives, marriage, social restrictions, etc.)

Name: Suzanne