book review · historical fiction · history

Book Review: Property by Valerie Martin

Property delivers incredible insight into barbarity of slavery in America. “Property” describes not only situation of the slaves but also of the wife of sugar plantation owner. Manon is unhappy in her marriage, she misses her family and longs for the vibrant lifestyle of her native New Orleans. She saffocates because of her domestic situation.… Continue reading Book Review: Property by Valerie Martin

book review · historical fiction

Book Review: Conventions: The Garden at Paris by R. J. Nello

After U.S independence, twenty- one year old Robert travels to Europe to expand family business. The warm reception from pre- war associates of his father in France and England, draws Robert into life in France and in England. The unexpected onset of revolution in France challenges young American and brings experience that he had never… Continue reading Book Review: Conventions: The Garden at Paris by R. J. Nello

book review · Memoir · war

Book Review: One More Moon by Ralph Webster

Elsa and her husband Paul enjoy comfortable life in Mussolini’s Fascist Italy. When they purchase the Pensione Alexandra in Naples, their life changes. They host guests from different countries. Many of the visitors remain family friends. Almost all guests have been impacted by actions of Nazi Germany. Idyllic life in Naples drastically changes for Elsa… Continue reading Book Review: One More Moon by Ralph Webster

biography · Guest post · Memoir

Guest Post: Ralph Webster, Author, A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other

Recently I have posted review of A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other, which became one of my favorite books of 2016. Ralph Webster, the author, kindly accepted my guest post request and today is sharing with us what inspired him to write his father’s memoir. Enjoy reading! This winter Ralph has met… Continue reading Guest Post: Ralph Webster, Author, A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other

Bez kategorii · comments · politics · the media

What is wrong with the news media?

On 29.11.2016 I attended a seminar “America after the Elections” organized by Department of Political Science and International Relations at Izmir Economic University. The department hosted Mr. Phillip Kosnett, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Ankara. Mr. Kosnett focused mainly on what recent elections mean for democracy and he expressed his opinion about the… Continue reading What is wrong with the news media?

Africa · fiction · historical fiction · war

Women and War: The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed inspired by the experiences of her own family, offers outstanding and ambitious book about war and its effects on people. 1988 Somalia faces the civil war that dehumanizes the whole nation. Through the eyes of three women, we come to know what violence and cruelty do to the people. Three women meet at… Continue reading Women and War: The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed

historical fiction · political thriller · thriller

The Helsinki Pact by Alex Cugia

Berlin 1989. The Soviet Union economy is bankrupt and the only hope is financial aid from the West German Bank. The Stasi corrupted members still try to benefit from their positions. One of the high rank party’s members does the right thing though, and sends two young spies to Stasi Headquarters to reveal financial fraud.… Continue reading The Helsinki Pact by Alex Cugia