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“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

 

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Drums of Autumn
Diana Gabaldon
The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America
Gerald Horne
Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again (paperback)
Lewis Carbone
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen - Mary Sharratt

I never thought that I would enjoy a story about an 11th C. nun as much I did, especially given that her story was not all butterflies and daisies. Much of her life was spent in a secluded monastery, and the conditions were very harsh and challenging. It wasn't pleasant to read about, but the way Sharratt developed the characters was beautiful. Although the book was about a religious figure, it wasn't preachy or overly done. Sharratt really focused on Hildegard as a multi-faceted person, religion being only one of many facets, which I really appreciated. I flew through this book in just a couple of days, and would recommend it for sure.