This week we will take a short look at four fantastic nonfiction books.
1.) A Thousand Sisters – Lisa Shannon
2.) In Search of Hope – The Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl.
3.) I Live Here – Mia Kirshner, J.B.MacKinnon, Paul Shoebridge, Michael Simons
4.) King Peggy – Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman
Country: United States
Bonaventure Arrow is born out of tragic circumstance, yet is perfectly healthy, gifted even, but lacks the ability to make a sound. And yet, he hears everything. Not just conversations and household noises, but the secrets contained in boxes, in stones, in his own backyard and across town.
Bonaventure is a charming yet mysterious child and he is at the centre of several tangled tales. The grief of his single mother. The lingering sorrow of his father’s mother, and the magnetic draw of her chapel. The once-handsome man now locked in an insane asylum. And the life of Trinidad, the only person who seems to share and understand his gift, whose own life has been a dramatic and intriguing saga.
Kate Pullinger’s award winning Mistress of Nothing is set in Egypt in the mid-1800s, and is based loosely on the life of English socialist and author, Lucie, Lady Duff Gordon, but told from the point of view of her lady’s maid, Sally. Sally’s life has been marked by her devotion to service and her dedication to the Duff Gordon family. When Lady Duff Gordon travels to Egypt with the intention treating her tuberculosis, Sally is the only member of the staff to accompany her. Together, Lady Duff Gordon and Sally throw themselves into Egyptian life – sailing the Nile, learning Arabic, adopting local customs. Under these conditions, Sally thrives and passions and freedoms previously unknown to her in life as a servant.
TurnipSeed Travel is pleased to welcome and introduce Benjamin Szweda who has contributed this guest post. Please read more about him below!
Countries: Italy, UK, USA
Nocturnes is a collection of five short stories. My favourite of the five is the first, which is titled "Crooner." This particular story set in Venice, Italy, follows a couple on their last trip. Their surprise interaction with a musician from a local cafe is a memorable experience for all the fictional characters involved. Whether working his piazza or playing his guitar in a gondola, this foreign musician helps the couple relive the happiest moments of their years together.