Mary Boleyn : the mistress of kings

From Eileen Effrat
Author:  Alison  Weir
Mary Boleyn : the mistress of kings 
Alison Weir, noted Tudor historian, is on a mission.  Weir wants to set the record straight on what is known and what is not known concerning Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn and sister-in-law of Henry VIII. Using an impressive array of primary sources and extensive secondary research,   Weir  attempts to stop  the myths and correct  many unsubstantiated claims that keep popping up in recent historical fiction (The Other Boleyn Girl) and the HBO series, the Tudors.  While Weir attempts to fill in unknown gaps in Mary’s life, she makes it very clear that this is speculation on her part backed up by her reading of historical documents.  If you are a fan of Weir’s previous biographies, you will not be disappointed.

White truffles in winter

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author: N.M. Kelby
White truffles in winter : a novel
This literary gem needs to be shared. It is a quiet, intense portrayal of a man who loved two women but whose passion was food. This man is the great French chef Auguste Escoffier and this is his elegant “memoir in meals.” Like his magnificent culinary creations, there is a complexity to this story that evokes the spirit of the time and captures the essence of the man. His was a life of extremes: suffering and captivity during the Franco-Prussian War; wealth and splendor communing with royalty, high society, the powerful, and poverty in his declining years. The cornucopia of images and feelings bombard the senses and creates a rich realism that you could almost touch and taste. Escoffier did not want to be forgotten, this story makes you want to know more about the man who was an epicurean genius yet a sad, idealistic romantic.