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As difficult as this book is to read in some parts, due to the evil of the Nazi soldiers, it is equally difficult to put down. A thoughtful, well-told tale for any fan of historical fiction, it’s also just a plain good read. Based on a true story, it begins with a phone call to Elise Duval, a reclusive woman in her 80s, from an unknown woman and her daughter who have with them some letters written in German. Elise has kept her past shrouded in darkness, even to herself. But she makes an appointment with the two strangers, and thus the story begins. From its opening in New York City in 2015, Correa returns to 1939 Berlin at the beginning of World War II. The tale continues through the end of the war and portrays a mother's lonely fight to protect her two daughters after her husband dies. All of the questions we have and the fears we experience are here: What is love? What is life? How do we make choices in the face of devastating circumstances? The Daughter's Tale will live on in the imagination of readers long after the last word has been read.
This sequel to The Old Ways is an epic, global exploration of our relationship with darkness, burial and what lies beneath the surface of both mind and place, taking us through deep, geologic time, into the present, and on into the future. We travel with him from Arctic sea caves to the catacombs of Paris to the northeast border of Italy and Slovenia, exploring deep recesses that have been inhabited off and on for eons. One of the most compelling sections in Underland is Macfarlane’s exploration of the network beneath the earth's surface and the ways trees communicate with the help of common fungi—a factual example of "forest wisdom." From the life-affirming influence of trees to the deep hiding places where nuclear waste will be stored for thousands of years, Macfarlane explores our fascination with, and dread of, that which exists out of our sight. This book will absolutely change the way you look at the world—and the way you interact with it.
Bringing the same intelligence and eloquence to Egypt with which he wrote about China, Hessler describes moving to Cairo with his wife and twin daughters in 2011, just as the Arab Spring was gaining strength. The original plan was that he and his wife would learn Arabic, explore the neighborhoods of Cairo, and research the history and the archaeological digs of Egypt. The resulting portrait of this country and its people is told through Hessler’s contacts, ranging from
his gay translator to Sayyid, the man who collects the garbage for the building in which the Hesslers live. During his travels south into the area of “the buried” (the archaeological digs), Hessler runs into Chinese immigrants selling lingerie to the women of the conservative villages in the area. Their interactions are enlightening, revealing the varying ways the different cultures interpret their environment. Hessler draws connections between contemporary politics and the ancient past in a story told with compassion and humanity in this must-read for anyone wishing to truly understand the recent revolution.