Book Review # 19: The Name of The Rose

Author: Umberto Eco Translator: William Weaver Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: 1984 Number of Pages: 502 Genre: Historical, Mystery Synopsis: “Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and Adso of Melk, a Benedictine novice travelling under his protection, arrive at a Benedictine monastery in Northern Italy to attend a theological disputation. Upon their coming, the monastery is disturbed by […]

Book Review # 18: The Pillars of the Earth

Author: Ken Follett Publisher: Signet Novel Publishing Date: August 1990 Number of Pages: 983 Genre: Historical Synopsis: As a new age dawns in England’s twelfth century, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal. It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and […]

Book Review # 17: All The Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr Publisher: Scribner Publishing Date: 2014 Number of Pages: 530 Genre: Historical, Romance Synopsis: Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of […]

Book Review # 15: A Passage to India

Author: Edward Morgan Forster Publisher: Hardcourt, Inc. Publishing Date: 1952 Number of Pages: 362 Genre: Historical, Political Fiction, Romance Synopsis: “Hailed as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century and transformed into an Academy Award-winning film, A Passage to India hauntingly evokes India at the peak of the British colonial era, complete with the racial tension […]

Book Review # 6: Stones from the River

Author: Ursula Hegi Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction Publishing Date: 1994 Number of Pages: 525 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: Trudi Montag is a Zwerg – a dwarf – short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually, she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share – from her mother who flees […]

Book Review # 5: The Book of Daniel

Author: E.L. Doctorow Publisher: Modern Library Publishing Date: September 1983 Number of Pages: 303 pages Genre: Historical Synopsis As Cold War hysteria inflames America, FBI agents knock on the Bronx apartment door of a Communist man and his wife. After a highly controversial trial, the couple go to the electric chair for treason despite worldwide […]