FOLLY

From  ADELE GRESSER

Title:  FOLLY

Author:  SUSAN MINOT

THE MAIN CHARACHTER, LILLIAN ELIOT, IS A YOUNG LADY WHO DOES’NT KNOW WHAT SHE WANTS. NONE OF THE YOUNG MEN IN HER FAMILY’S GROUP OF FRIENDS INTEREST HER.  ALONG COMES A DASHING YOUNG MAN NOT IN HER GROUP OF FRIENDS, WALTER VAIL, WHO KNOCKS HER OFF HER ROCKER.WALTER AND LILLIAN BECOME ENRAPTURED WITH INE ANOTHER.  WW2 COMES ALOMG AND WALTWER WANTS TO HELP SO HE GOES TO FRANCE. HE DECIDES NOT TO COME BACK TO BOSTON.  LILLIAN IS DISTROT .  TIMES GOES BY A  YOUNG MAN , GILBERT FINCH, A SOLID CITIZEN, A ROCK SHE THINKS SHE CAN DEPENDION BUT HE IS THE ONE THAT NEEDS HER.AFTER 3 CHILDREN FINCH IS NOT ALL THERE AND OUT OF THE BLUE WALTER VAIN SHOWS UP.READ THE OUTCOME.

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

From Margaret Mezzacapo

Title:  Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

Author:  Geraldine Brooks

Question: A novel about the Plague?  How interesting could THAT be?

Answer: Pretty darn interesting.

Yes, when the author says “Plague”, she means “the big one” – the Black Plague that decimated Europe and changed history back in the 1600s.  Anna Frith is a normal, average woman living contentedly with her husband and children.  When her husband dies in an accident, she takes in a boarder to help make ends meet – and that’s how the Plague comes to town. The village is decimated and whole families are lost, and Anna finds herself in the role of taking care of those who are sickened.  Along the way, her independence and her capabilities grow to levels she never would have thought possible before having been put to this unwelcome test.  An interesting read that also illustrates how disease has changed history.

THE INFERNO

From  ADELE GRESSER

Title:  THE INFERNO

Author:  DAN BROWN

DAN WRITES ELABORATELY ABOUT A MYSTERY HAPPENING IN ITALY USING SITES IN ITALY.  INCORPORATED IN HIS STORY OF INTRIGUE AND DECEIPT IS HIS KNOWLEDGE OF DANTE’S INFERNO. ROBERT LANGDON, A HARVARD PROFESSOR WAKES UP IN ITALY AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE HEAD. HE HAS AMNESIA.HE DOESN’T REMEMBER WHY HE IS IN ITALY OR WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO KILL HIM.HE DOES SEEM TO REMEMBER DANTE ALGHIERE’S POEM “THE INFERNO” AND A LADY WITH LONG SILVER HAIR. THE THEME IS EARTHLINGS ARE OVERPOPULATING THE WORLD AND THE OVER POPULATION WILL DECIMATE EARTH’S BOUNTIES.  CLUES SECRET CODS, HIDDEN PASSAGES AND ANCIENT SECRETS ARE BROUGHT INTO PLAY.

Mama’s Italian Cookbook

From  Gina Scaglione

Title:  Mama’s Italian Cookbook

Author:  Love Food

My brother bought us this cookbook because he thought we would enjoy reading the stories that accompany the recipes. My husband’s family still lives in Italy and the book is supposedly written in Italy. Of course, my poor brother was duped. This book was not written in Italy. It is not even written by an Italian woman, as it is purported to be on the cover. In tiny little writing inside the book it says that the entire scenario was created by some guy somewhere in the US. Only in America:{