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I know you're out there somewhere . . . I have recently read Michelle Moran's Nefertiti and am currently reading her historical novel Madame Tussaud, A Novel of the French Revolution.
Both are historical novels, extremely well researched and written. The main characters in the book who are up close and personal with the revolution are the originators of the famous Tussaud's Wax Museums - which have proliferated around the world but actually began in Paris in the days of LouisXVI.
The reader not only learns how the wax figures were made but also learns a lot about the monarchy, Robespierre, the Marquis de Sade (a real fun guy), and even Thomas Jefferson, then serving as the American ambassador to France.
I have found Moran's writing to be most interesting and have also read her book The Heretic Queen - Egyptian Pharaoh skull duggery and palace life, etc.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am totally immersed in Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal LIfe of Henrietta Lacks. The book begins in the late 1940's and early 1950's but continues to this day as Henrietta's cancerous cells were harvested without her knowledge and sold around the world. The "Immortality" factor is that the cells have never died -- since 1951. You may have heard of the HeLa cells - if not, this book is so enlightening and won a truck load of awards for first time writer Skloot. She spent ten years researching and has just done a magnificent job. If you start to quiver at the thought of a scientific tome - have no fear - this reads like an "I can't put it down" novel.
Share your thoughts and suggestions for more books for me to plow through.
Your friend in reading.