Archive for September, 2007

A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton

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 “A Backward Glance” is Edith Wharton’s autobiography beginning with her younger years and ending just before its publication in 1933.  This book is filled with wonderful descriptions of the life and times of one of America’s literary giants during the Guilded Age.  Follow Edith Wharton as she matures amidst the wealth of New York and European Society, rubbing shoulders with many famous personages of that time.

Review by Claudia.


Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

“Testament of Youth” is an autobiographical coming of age story about a young woman, whose idealistic views of life and the future were shattered by the deaths of her fiancee, brother and dear friend during the first world war.  She became a writer, feminist and great supporter of antiwar causes.  “Testament of Youth” is her most well known work.

Review by Claudia.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


“One of my most recent favorite books is Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.  Diana Gabaldon makes an unbelievable situation believable when a post-World War II married British nurse, Claire Randall, unknowingly slips through “the stones,” a time portal in Scotland. Dumbfounded and alone in a strange time,  Claire struggles to stay safe, warm and fed in the Highlands during a violent time of clan rivalry.  Thrust into a moral dilemma through the act of a forced marriage, she tries to find her way home to her own time while working out the daily necessities of life and relationships in 18th century Scotland.  At the same time fascinated, repulsed, and homesick, Claire finds herself an “Outsider” because of both her English heritage, and her strange 20th century customs. Things are further complicated when she finds herself with child.   


For anyone wanting to get lost in a book, this is the one. I would heartily recommend Outlander to anyone with an interest in fantasy, medicine, history, adventure, women’s issues or romance. Mostly what moved me, though, is the fascinating story of how one woman dealt with a situation beyond her control in a circumstance she didn’t understand, making choices she wasn’t always sure about..  On every level, this book hits the mark.  Diana Gabaldon is truly a master storyteller.”


Reviewed by : Barbara