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On this week’s cover we have a book that Barbara M.; Desketeer and lover of all things history, found to be a wonderful, readable, biography of one of the most powerful women in history. In Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff the author strips away all the myths written about her over the centuries and gives us a portrait of an intelligent woman who was fluent in 9 languages and while not the physical temptress of Liz Taylor proportions she certainly possessed that certain something as evidenced by her seduction of not only Caesar and Mark Antony but also of her loyal subjects. In the review Kathryn Harrison writes: “It’s dizzying to contemplate the thicket of prejudices, personalities and propaganda Schiff penetrated to reconstruct a woman whose style, ambition and audacity make her a subject worthy of her latest biographer. After all Stacy Schiff’s writing is distinguished by those very same virtues.”
Dominique Browning has nothing but nice things to say about John Casey’s Compass Rose. The story follows a small town in Rhode Island’s South County and its inhabitants. Browning states “We need our inner compasses: where you are is who you are. Long after reading the last pages of Compass Rose I am still thinking about how we establish ourselves as one another’s magnetic directions – and hold fast.”
Here are the some of the other titles in this week’s NYTBR:
First Family: Abigail and John by Joseph Ellis
World and Town by Gish Jen
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
Edge by Jeffrey Deaver
Blood Count by Reggie Nadelson