Thursday, April 14, 2011

Scandalous Monarchs and Resilient Dressmakers ...

I think Fridays are good days for book reviews, this Friday is anyway.

Last week I read The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.
The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.
This book was excellent.  I give it 4 stars.
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I'm currently reading Behind the Palace Doors by Michael Farquhar.

Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by ambitious children, the kings and queens of Great Britain have been many things, but they have never been dull. Some sacrificed everything for love, while others met a cruel fate at the edge of an axman’s blade. From the truth behind the supposed madness of King George to Queen Victoria’s surprisingly daring taste in sculpture, Behind the Palace Doors ventures beyond the rumors to tell the unvarnished history of Britain’s monarchs, highlighting the unique mix of tragedy, comedy, romance, heroism, and incompetence that has made the British throne a seat of such unparalleled fascination.
I'm really enjoying this one but it's not something I'd bother to pass around so I'm going to give it 3 stars.


What are you reading?

1 comment:

  1. Behind the Palace Doors sounds like something I should read--for research, natch. Thanks for the reviews!

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