Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Confessions of a Pagan Nun

by Kate Horsely

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A short, easy book. This book takes place in the 6th or 7th century in Ireland. The main character of the book was raised a druid in the times of Christianity taking over Ireland. She eventually becomes a nun, but has a hard time accepting all of the Christian ways and letting go of all her druid ways. It was interesting to read about her struggle and to see the differences and similarities between the two bodies of spirituality.

The Forest Lover

by Susan Vreeland

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This book tells about an artist named Emily Carr. She painted totems in the southwest of Canada. The book is about her struggle to find acceptance in her family and in the art world for painting what many in her time thought was a waste, having no appreciation for the Native Americans.

The Passion of Artemisia

by Susan Vreeland

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This book takes place in the days of Galileo in Italy. Artemisia is the daughter of a painter and a painter herself. The book is about her life trying to be a respected, professional painter as well as a wife and mother.

The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

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This book is about a man with a genetic problem that causes him to travel in time when he gets stressed out. The book is told alternately between the man and his wife. Sometimes, you get each of their perspectives on the same thing. I liked this book.

Guns, Germs and Steel

by Jared Diamond

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Very interesting. Definately worth a look at if you're a nerd like me. The books is Diamond's hypothesis on why the history of the world has happened the way it did. This book fascinated me.