Here are the books you can expect to see discussed on The Morris Chair in the coming weeks:
The Patient Ecstasy of Fraulein Braun, a novel by Lavonne Mueller, (Opus Books, 304 pages)
I will carry a “sneak peek” at this book about the woman who loved Hitler. The book won’t be published until April 30, 2013–the anniversary of Eva Braun’s marriage to Adolf Hitler. Their honeymoon lasted until the next day, when they both committed suicide.
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas, by Charles Dickens (many publishers through the years)
I will examine how this little book by Dickens cemented the secular nature of the holiday and how it became perhaps the most loved Christmas story of all time.
Books I am reading which may appear in coming weeks include —
The Dervish, by Frances Kazan (Opus Books, Publication Date 2/13)
This will provide a “sneak peek” at a book about the first “Arab Spring” Here is the promo language from Barnes & Noble:
“The first Arab Spring: revolution and passion seethe and erupt in this action-packed romance during the dying days of the Ottoman Empire. Kazan’s novel takes us intimately behind the veil, to see and experience the Ottoman world, to let us view, from the “other” side, how the cultural and political antagonisms between the Occident and the Orient of the past century look. There are no easy villains or heroes in this story. Only ardent, unforgettable characters. An American war widow seeks emotional asylum with her sister at the American Consulate in Constantinople during the Allied occupation in 1919. Through a crossstitched pattern of synchronicity Kazan’s heroine becomes a vital thread in the fate of Mustafa Kemal (later Ataturk) and his battle for his country’s freedom.”
Manchester Bluff: A Civil War Novel, by J. D. Proffitt (Create Space, 2011, 426 pages)
I recently discovered this book written by a professor at Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois. Jim Proffitt grew up in Alexander, Illinois, a place far richer in history than I ever knew–even though my family came from there. This is a very fast read and one marked by detailed scholarship. I am sorry to just now be finding out about this one, but I will probably be reviewing it soon.