A Light of Her Own is a beautifully crafted story set in seventeenth-century Holland, in which two women navigate the law, destiny, and their unstoppable ambition.
"Painting is Judith Leyster's passion and calling, and she will not be dissuaded from it. Though there are many who scoff at notions of women working-or even participating in what is regarded as a man's profession-she does not back down. Meanwhile, Maria de Grebber's Catholic faith guides her through life, even though it, too, is disdained in Holland.
"Carrie Callaghan imagines a profound friendship between the historical women, and Judith and Maria's stories weave together and apart, their fates carrying them. Judith struggles to keep painting in the face of adversities, including those related to her gender. Her brother brings shame to the family name, and teaching apprentices comes with fees and difficulties. Meanwhile, Maria battles a secret that weighs her down.
"Holland is developed as an alluring and distinctive place. Descriptions cover every moment; they are eloquent and elegantly detailed, down to the most commonplace things, as with a mention of the light shining through the petals of a flower. The time is established through examinations of the developing art scene and the immense worth of tulips. Art and beauty are priorities in this world, and intricate descriptions capture it: of Judith's house where she paints, of lepers in a safe house. Sensory details evoke the light, the feel, and the smell of the setting.
A Light of Her Own is a riveting fictionalized account of Judith Leyster and Maria de Grebber's connections."
Excerpt: "This isn't just any fairy book: it's dreadful . . . . Shade is a brilliant heroine whose opinionated, spunky, and compassionate nature leads her into several fairy squabbles. Etter challenges the typical idea of fairies through humorous and dreadful twists, which introduce characters such as Anthony o' the Wisp, Chauncey the gentletroll, and a trio of bickering pucas. Shade's journey is one of self-discovery as she discovers a surprising place of her own with her newfound collection of friends at her side. A charming read with a quirky narrator, a brazen heroine, and eccentric characters."
I Am Yours 9781948705110
) Roundtable interview on Bitch Media, "Turning Fury into Fuel: Three Women Authors on Publishing's New Investment in Anger"
The Law of Inertia9781944995874
) Appearance on WordNerds discussing how to create character chemistry.
"In 1939, a team from Garfield, New Jersey, traveled to Miami for the high school football championship. The event drew wide attention. The upstart Garfield Boilermakers came from an immigrant-heavy northern city to face the perennial powerhouse Stingarees. The game remains legendary in Garfield, and veteran sportswriter Hank Gola tells the bigger story in
City of Champions, a thoroughly researched and thoroughly engrossing work.
"In 1939, sports were wildly different, with years lost to the Great Depression and going for a field goal being regarded as a radical decision. Here, game-by-game accounts of Garfield's 1937, 1938, and 1939 seasons come alongside the backstories of key players and coaches. Though the Boilermakers are the stars of the book, Miami's team is covered in nearly the same depth. Gola deploys an impressive mix of interviews, news reports, and archival work to piece his story together. Game recaps retain an immediacy. Numerous photographs add extra details, as do useful appendices featuring rosters, box scores, and lists of player honors.
"Some of the book's best material has little to do with football: Gola tells other stories about the towns and era that provide important context. He tells the harrowing story of immigrants on their way to Garfield aboard the Athenia, a British liner sunk by a Nazi torpedo the year of the championship. Another chapter explains the level of racial segregation in 1930s Miami, detailing incidents of African American stars from northern teams being unable to join their teammates in high-profile games. Near the end, Gola follows the players into World War II, telling some powerful individual stories-most notably, of a Jewish player's quick thinking saving him from a concentration camp.
"These details flesh out the story while truly grounding
City of Champions in its time and place. This is an excellent piece of sports writing, made even stronger by how it treats its characters."
Amazon Ebook Deals: November
Amazon Monthly Deals:
That Good Night
The Integrative Nutrition Cookbook
The Paleo Thyroid Solution
The Primal Kitchen Cookbook
Death by Food Pyramid
The South Asian Health Solution
Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals
Amazon Daily Deals:
I am Mrs. Jesse James
North of the Tension Line
Amazon India Ebook Deals: November
Amazon India Daily Deals:
The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation