Revealing secrets of the Paris Ritz Hotel

When I originally downloaded the book Hotel on Place Vendome I thought it was historical fiction but once I started reading I discovered it was non-fiction which pleased me even more. Written and thoroughly  researched by Tilar J. Mazzeo, the book describes the opening of the world-famous hotel in Paris and its evolution from a modest, beautiful boutique hotel to the internationally-recognized institution it is today. The main focus of the book centres around the years when it was occupied by the Germans during World War 2. Residents included Hermann…

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Capital pays high interest

There's nothing more delicious than tucking into a really good book on a cool, cloudy afternoon. That's what I did today and finished  reading John Lanchester's "Capital", a book about the lives of a cross-section of Londoners faced with 21st century problems in their everyday lives. The book's title references money and how the high price of real estate in a London neighbourhood is a catalyst in each of the characters' lives. The homes on Pepys Road which were affordable when they were built now command insane sums of money.…

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Sue Monk Kidd scores again

Movies adapted from books never seem to properly capture the nuances an author conveys with the written word. While the world enjoyed the movie, “The Best Deborah MoggachExotic Marigold Hotel” with Judi Dench and a great cast of talented Brits, it paled in comparison to the original book “These Foolish Things” by Deborah Moggach. (more…)

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