I’ve had a shelf talker by this book since we opened and it’s time that I put it front
and center! Seriously, if you have not read this book, and love great fiction, then
this won’t disappoint. Set during the Nazis’ siege of Leningrad, this novel follows
the impossible mission of a young Jewish boy, Lev. During war, people will do
anything to survive and Lev is no exception—he wants to live! Written with such
clarity and depth, you will feel like you are front and center in Lev’s mission to
survive. This is one terrific book and hands-down one of the best books I’ve ever
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good historical fiction. This is a story of the history of Dracula (Vlad the Impaler--and let me be clear, it is NOT another “campy” vampire book.) The historical research and significance in itself is amazing! I loved Kostova’s beautiful language and descriptions of Eastern Europe. It is a suspenseful and well-developed thriller and one that I could not put down! Is it possible that Dracula actually existed and still roams? After you have finished reading this, you just might think he does!
This is one “delicious” memoir from the editor of Gourmet magazine. I found it be surprisingly enjoyable and very readable. She writes with such wonderful wit and humor. The book chronicles her food experiences from early childhood, starting with meals prepared by her manic-depressive mother who would use dangerously expired foods when cooking, through her college years, travels, life-changing food experiences, and marriage. This is truly one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. Even if food writing is not your thing, this book is so much more than that! Go ahead and pick this up—I promise it will bring a smile to your face!!