Articles tagged "Tudors"

Red Hot Drop-In Alert: FIRE AND FURY

This week Henry Holt announced it will publish the first inside account of the Trump presidency: FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House by bestselling author, columnist and media critic Michael Wolff on January 9, 2018.

Given extraordinary access to Donald Trump’s administration, Wolff offers a shocking fly-on-the-wall view of the people and inner workings of the West Wing. Based on more than 200 interviews with the president, most members of his senior staff, and many of the people they in turn spoke to, Wolff shows how Trump and his team careened from one crisis to the next during the administration’s first nine months. Many of Trump’s closest advisers were politically inexperienced and untested; from the start, bitter rivalries if not open warfare paralyzed the new presidency. And at the center of the White House was Trump himself: impulsive, fiery, and wholly new to the world of politics, he consistently broke the mold of presidential character, purpose, and precedent.

The book also provides searing, intimate portraits of the key players, including: Steve Bannon, the president’s bellicose former chief strategist; Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump; Reince Priebus, the outflanked former chief of staff; Sean Spicer, the much-maligned former press secretary; and key operatives Kellyanne Conway, Gary Cohn, Stephen Miller, Dina Powell, and Hope Hicks.

“The United States is in the midst of the most intense political storm since Watergate, and my aim in reporting and writing this book was to see life inside White House through the eyes of the people who are closest to the center of this hurricane,” said Wolff. “Perhaps not since the Tudors has palace intrigue been so corrosive and lethal, nor the king so volatile and so in need of instant gratification.”

The Blitz, Bloody Mary and the Master of Sci Fi!

If you love getting lost in history, here are three new novels out this month for your enjoyment:

Harry Hopkins, FDR’s most trusted advisor, is sent to negotiate with Churchill, but found himself becoming personally involved with a woman soldier in war-torn London. “The appeal of a WWII love story, especially one set in London during the Blitz, is timeless. Evoking Herman Wouk’s pop-lit classic THE WINDS OF WAR, this hypnotically entertaining tale gets the smoky, whiskey-fueled mood just right, all the while seamlessly melding the history and the star-crossed romance.”

THE LODGER by Louisa Treger
When Dorothy Richardson and H.G. Wells meet, the attraction between them is undeniable. Unfortunately, Wells, aka Bertie, is married to Dorothy’s friend, Jane. As time passes, Dorothy and Bertie grow closer but everything changes when a woman named Veronica enters the picture. “In her first novel, Treger vividly depicts the allure of forbidden love and the bravery of a woman who is utterly alone in the world yet unafraid of exploring her creativity.” — Booklist

Upon the death of Mary I (Bloody Mary), Elizabeth I takes the throne and Brendan Prescott is called to aid the young queen amid a realm plunged into chaos and a court rife with conspiracy in this riveting historical novel. “The third of Gortner’s Tudor series is action-packed palace intrigue at its best.” — Booklist

Back in Time

In today’s featured titles we’ll meet the enigmatic Romanov sisters, dig deeper into the relationship between Queen Elizabeth  and Mary, Queen of Scots, and watch blow-by-blow as the Spanish Armada fails to destroy England.

THE ROMANOV SISTERS: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport
Historian Helen Rappaport brings the four Russian Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov, to life in their own words, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, to illuminate the opulence of their doomed world and their courage as they faced a terrible end. “Readers will be swept up in the author’s leisurely yet informative narrative as she sheds new light on the lives of the four daughters.” — Publishers Weekly

THE SPANISH ARMADA by Robert Hutchinson
In this dramatic account of the Spanish Armada’s attempt to destroy Elizabeth’s England, Hutchinson uses everything from contemporary eyewitness accounts to papers held by the national archives in Spain and the United Kingdom to recreate the 1588 sea battle with Spain that assured the survival of Protestant England. “Readers know how the battle turned out, but they will relish Hutchinson’s intensely detailed account... Those with fond memories of Garrett Mattingly’s classic THE ARMADA will discover an equally enthralling successor.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

TUDORS VERSUS STEWARTS: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary, Queen of Scots by Linda Porter
British historian Porter regales readers about the rivalry between cousins Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth and their respective dynasties which eventually united Scotland and England. “A wonderfully thorough history of the Scots that thankfully avoids dwelling on stories that have been explored countless times before—especially fitting now as Scotland decides whether to withdraw from the union with England.” — Kirkus Reviews


Happy #BookBday (10/8/13 Edition)

After several months of labor, we're proud to announce the birth of these fine books on today's #BookBday

MR. LYNCH'S HOLIDAY by Catherine O'Flynn
Catherine O’Flynn’s debut novel WHAT WAS LOST received a Costa First Book Award and was long-listed for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. In MR. LYNCH’S HOLIDAY, O’Flynn creates a moving and memorable portrait of reconciliation between a father and son. "Like her characters, O’Flynn has an eye for the beauty to be found amid squalor and chaos." –Publishers Weekly

JACOB'S OATH by Martin Fletcher
A Holocaust survivor must choose between keeping the woman he loves and seeking revenge against the camp guard who beat his younger brother to death in this "expressive...story of love and hatred, revenge and recovery." (Kirkus Reviews) "Fletcher has crafted a moving love story, a vivid portrait of a devastated and chaotic Germany immediately after the war’s end, and a remarkably insightful look into the minds of two survivors of the Holocaust. Fletcher’s style is spare and graceful, and it enhances the power of this small gem of a novel." –Booklist

TUDORS: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd
The Tudor era was pivotal in English history and is still of great interest to many (just think of the dashing Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the TV show "The Tudors"). Ackroylishers Weekly) and rich in detail thanks to interesting anecdotes about key players.

FEAR OF FLYING by Erica Jong (the 40th Anniversary reissue edition with an introduction by Jennifer Weiner)
Originally published in 1973, Jong's internationally bestselling story of Isadora Wing launched a new way of thinking about gender, sexuality, and liberty in our society. This reissue edition comes of this seminal work comes just in time for the 40th anniversary, complete with a new introduction by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner.