Some of the most interesting books I’ve read have often been those books that were recommended to me by friends and acquaintances at the Dublin Library.

 

Peggy Tollefson’s  Thursday Book Group is reading The Poet of Baghdad by Jo Tatchell.   In the winter of 1979 Nabeel Yasin, Iraq’s most famous young poet, gathered together a handful of belongings and fled Iraq with his wife and son. Life in Baghdad had become intolerable.  This an interesting story of a man growing up in Iraq during the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Not only his story but the story of a country in change.

 

Carmin Cerullo reports:  I recently read We Two : Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill.  I have read many biographies on Queen Victoria and what sets this one apart is that there is not a tone that Prince Albert was this golden boy who was so virtuous and always correct.  There is more of a tone that from the Queen’s birth the Coburgs wanted to place this young man and mold him to be the “King” of England because a woman would need someone to guide her.  Anyway, this book is not for someone that has never read a biography on Queen Victoria or knows little history of the period but I think those that are interested in the Victorian times will find this book reveals new insights into the marriage and reign. 

 

I myself have just finished reading When We Were Colored:  A Mother’s Story by Eva Rutland, which will be the featured book of the “Dublin Reads” program for September – October 2009.   This book, originally published in 1964, is a compilation of different articles about Eva Rutland’s life as a wife and mother, many of which were published in different publications at an earlier date.   Much of the book shows her sense of humor when raising four children, and also reveals her struggle to prevent her children from being psychologically harmed by the racism still prevalent in the America of the 1950s and early 1960s.

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