Savage harvest : a tale of cannibals, colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s tragic quest for primitive art

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author:  Carl Hoffman
Title:  Savage harvest : a tale of cannibals, colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s tragic quest for primitive art 
This engrossing book tells the story of Michael Rockefeller, son of our late former governor, Nelson, and how Michael journeyed to New Guinea and subsequently vanished. He’d gone there to collect primitive art for his father’s museum, principally accomplishing this by fleecing the natives out of their sacred objects via paying pennies on the dollar. These natives were of a particularly “uncivilized” region that still practiced head-hunting and cannibalism. The white men came and brought advancements such as axe heads, fishhooks, and tobacco, plus venereal disease, HIV/AIDS, and perhaps most telling, a sense of “shame” related to the natives’ past practice of eating human flesh, which was to the natives similar to what going to religious services is for our “civilized” culture.  Savage Harvest is a graphic and well-written tale.

P.S. Given what you’ve read above, can you guess what fate befell Michael Rockefeller?

Mrs. Hemingway : a novel

From Catherine Given
Author:  Naomi Wood
Title:  Mrs. Hemingway : a novel
A lively account of Ernest Hemingway’s infatuation addiction, which led him to marry four times, Mrs. Hemingway features colorful settings from Paris to Cuba, inhabited by the “Lost Generation’s” Sara and Gerald Murphy, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Wood’s ear for dialogue rings exceptionally true, in explosive interactions among the impossible yet magnetic Hemingway, his mistresses and soon-to-be-replaced wives. The four wives were formidable, with careers and driving passions of their own. In Mrs. Hemingway, Naomi Wood spotlights their strengths and weaknesses, detailing life as seen through their distinctive eyes in each of the narrative’s four parts. We may know the ending, but the dramatic contrast between the whirlwind that was Hemingway’s 1920’s experience, and the desperate hollowness of his final days in Idaho is stunning. This book may leave you yearning to learn more about each of these remarkable women!