"What We Are Reading Now..."
With many of the biographies of Charles Dickens in the 500 to 1,000 page range, this is a brief but balanced look at the life of the 19th Century's most popular novelist. With a movie in the works featuring Ralph Fiennes as Dickens, The World of Charles Dickens makes excellent background reading. There is nothing wrong with this book that a proofreader wouldn't have helped.
Mr. Jefferson's Women traces the female relationships of Thomas Jefferson: Wives (his own and others), women he loved, women he owned. It reveals Jefferson as a much more human - and disturbing - figure. If you think political attacks and indiscretions are a modern phenomena, think again.
Ghost Ship, the author investigates every possible explanation as if it was a contemporary crime scene, keeping the reader in suspense until the last few pages.
Colonel Roosevelt is a book you literally do not want to end. Covering TR's life from the end of his presidency to his death in 1919, Morris does much to humanize a personality that has become cliched in our minds. Roosevelt's integrity, humor, ego, and blunders all contribute to illuminate the rough and tumble sportsman whose wife admonished him with, "Theodore, I do wish you would do your bleeding in the bathroom. You're spoiling every rug in the house."
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