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Some books have the ability to get inside you and grab hold in a way that no matter how many books you read you cant forget them.  There are a few books that have done this to me before I started this blog. I want to share them with you now. I hope the a few peak your interest.
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  • Title: The Mists of Avalon
  • Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Pages: 876
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Release date: April 12, 1984
  • Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Authurian
  • Type: paperback

Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement, THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to come….

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  • Title: Ahab’s Wife or, The Star-Gazer
  • Author: Sena Jeter Naslund
  • Publisher: Harper Perenial
  • Release Date: Oct 3, 2000
  • Pages: 668
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Type: paperback

From the opening line–“Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last”–you will know that you are in the hands of a master storyteller and in the company of a fascinating woman hero. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby-Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an enthralling and compellingly readable saga, spanning a rich, eventful, and dramatic life. At once a family drama, a romantic adventure, and a portrait of a real and loving marriage, Ahab’s Wife gives new perspective on the American experience.

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  • Title: The House of the Spirits
  • Author: Isabel Allende
  • Pages: 433
  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Release Date: May 1985
  • Genre: Magical realism, Historical fiction, fantisy, classic
  • Type: paperback

The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future.

One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate

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    Title: The Red Tent
  • Author:. Anita Diamant
  • Pages: 321
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Type: paperback

An intriguing insight to what life for women may have been like during biblical times.

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  • Title: Hild
  • Author: Nicola Griffith
  • Pages: 536
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Type: Hardback

In seventh-century Britain, a new religion is coming ashore and small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. Hild is the king’s youngest niece, with a glittering mind and a natural authority.

She is destined to become one of the pivotal figures of the Early Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby. But for now she has only the powerful curiosity of a bright child and the precarious advantage of a plotting uncle, Edwin of Northumbria, who will stop at nothing to become overking of Angles. Hild establishes a place for herself at his side as the king’s seer, and she is indispensable–as long as she doesn’t lead Edwin astray. The stakes are high–life and death–for Hild, for her family, and, increasingly, for those who seek the protection from this strange girl who seems to see the future. Drawing from the few records history has left us, Nicola Griffith has brought the young Saint Hilda’s harsh, but beautiful, world to vivid, absorbing life.

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  • Title: The Princess Diarist
  • Author: Carrie Fisher
  • Pages: 267
  • Release Date: November 22, 2016
  • Genre: memoir
  • Type: kindle ebook

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved–plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.
With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time–and what developed behind the scenes. Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

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  • Title: Moonwalk
  • Author: Michael Jackson
  • Pages: 320
  • Published: October 27, 2010
  • Genre: memior
  • Type: kindle Edition

In this intimate and often moving personal account of Michael Jackson’s public and private life, he recalls a childhood that was both harsh and joyful but always formidable. Michael and his brothers played amateur music shows and seamy Chicago strip joints until Motown’s corporate image makers turned the Jackson 5 into worldwide superstars. He talks about the happy prankster days of his youth, traveling with his brothers, and of his sometimes difficult relationships with his family over the years. He speaks candidly about the inspiration behind his music, his mesmerizing dance moves, and the compulsive drive to create that has made him one of the biggest stars in the music business and a legend in his own time.
Jackson also shares his personal feelings about some of his most public friends…friends like Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Katharine Hepburn. He talks openly about the crushing isolation of his fame, of his first love, of his plastic surgery, and of his wholly exceptional career and the often bizarre and unfair rumors that have surrounded it.

As you can see my love of books has taken me around the world and introduced me to all kinds of people.  These books are not my favorite because of their subjects but because of what I got out of them.  As time goes on I will find more books to add to this list and I cant wait to share them with you.  

Those of you who have read these books tell me what you though. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

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I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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