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Nonpolitical Books Read: November 2013

  • Jobson, Robert.  The New Royal Family:  Prince George, William and Kate, the Next Generation.  London:  John Blake, 2013.  Print.
  • Kurland, Lynn.  Gift of Magic.  New York:  Berkley Sensation, 2012.  Print.
  • Richards, Douglas E.  Wired.  Shreveport, LA:  Paragon Press, 2011.  Kindle.
  • Barney, James.  The Genesis Key.  New York:  HarperCollins, 2011.  Kindle.
  • Morgan, Alexis.  My Lady Mage.  Book 1, Warriors of the Mist.  New York:  Signet Eclipse, 2012.  Print.
  • Emoto, Masaru.  The Hidden Messages in Water.  Trans. David A. Thayne.  New York:  Atria Books, 2004.  Print.
  • Shinn, Sharon.  Troubled Waters.  New York:  Ace Books, 2010.  Print.
  • Weiss, Brian L.  Many Lives, Many Masters:  The True Story of A Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives.  20th ann. ed.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2008.  Print.
  • Barney, James.  The Joshua Stone.  New York:  William Morrow-HarperCollins, 2013.  Print.

The Virgin Queen by Christopher Hibbert

Since I’ve agreed to play Elizabeth I on Renaissance Island in Second Life as needed, I decided I should read a biography about her.  I selected The Virgin Queen:  Elizabeth I, Genius of the Golden Age (Cambridge, MA:  Perseus Books, 1991) by Christopher Hibbert.

From reading Hibbert’s book, I reached the conclusion that Elizabeth I was self-centered, emotional unstable, and indecisive–not a genius.  It’s amazing that England survived her reign as well as it did.

101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen by Patrice Hannon

My sister saw this book and bought it for me.  In 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen: The Truth About the World’s Most Intriguing Literary Heroine (New York:  Fall River Press, 2007), Patrice Hannon takes a novel approach to a biography.  Short, focused chapters make for easy reading and, along with the limited length of the book, will attract lay readers (i.e., non-English majors or professors).  Hannon relates events and people in Austen’s novels to those in her own life.

Of course, the title is a bit confusing because Austen isn’t really a “literary heroine”; that role is reserved for the protagonist of a literary work.