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Melanie Benjamin

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Melanie Benjamin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended college there. She has been an avid reader all her life and firmly believes that a lifetime of reading is the best education a writer can have. After college Melanie married and moved to the Chicago area to raise her children, but the näytä lisää desire to write was always there in the background. Soon she began writing for local magazines and newspapers before venturing into fiction. As Melanie Hauser she published two contemporary novels. Now writing as Melanie Benjamin, she's incorporated her passion for history and biography into ALICE I HAVE BEEN her first historical novel; THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS. TOM THUMB is her second, and was published July 2011. Her book,The Aviator's Wife, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2013. The Swans of Fifth Avenue made the iBooks best seller list in 2016. Melanie and her family still live in the Chicago area where she enjoys writing, taking long walks, and gardening. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Aviator's Wife (2013) 1,805 kappaletta
Alice I Have Been: A Novel (2010) 1,581 kappaletta
The Swans of Fifth Avenue (2016) 1,045 kappaletta
The Girls in the Picture (2018) 482 kappaletta
The Children's Blizzard (2021) 408 kappaletta
Mistress of the Ritz (2019) 405 kappaletta
Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion (2014) — Avustaja — 128 kappaletta
California Golden (2023) 101 kappaletta
Hollywood Boulevard (2018) 3 kappaletta
Żona lotnika (2013) 1 kappale

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The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin, Early Reviewers (huhtikuu 2013)


There are two perfectly suited readers for this audio book that I got from the library’s Overdrive collection, Paul Boehmer and Cassandra Campbell.
Listening to this book, I could just hear my Mom, back in the day when we watched old movies together, responding to the many names of yesteryear in that nostalgic way, “Oh Noel Coward, I wonder what became of him.” And then she would relay some personal tidbit like, “His sister was my best friend Anne’s frequent lunch companion when we were in college.” (I’m making that up, but you get the gist.) That’s not the only reason I enjoyed this book. I had not heard of many of these people and found their pride and their vulnerabilities all very human and compelling. And yes, it did make me sad that the glamour, elegance, and standards of earlier decades have been so thoroughly supplanted by the informalities of subsequent generations.
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TraSea | 114 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 29, 2024 |
This book was so obnoxiously feminist. I don’t have an issue with feminist books if they are written well, however, I feel like I was just hit over the head with a sledgehammer.
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libraryofemma | Apr 18, 2024 |
Thank you to #NetGalley, the author and the publisher.

Surf's up.

It was not a easy life for Carol who had 2 girls, Mindy and Ginger at a young age. Carol was a surfer in her 20s and was in Hawaii already married. She didn't want a life with her husband who left her and just wanted the good life as a surfer in Hawaii.

Mindy is the oldest who had a good head on her shoulders and Ginger, who was two years younger and sort of reliant on Mindy and sort of flaky I guess you can say, getting into a cult with her boyfriend and living like a vagrant. Mindy had her life as a surfer like her mom and then as an actress which she left behind in her 20s. Their mom wasn't really there for them and they lead independent lives without her. It was sort of sad really. They lost touch with each other, the girls going their separate ways like I said above and with their mother.

What an ending.
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sweetbabyjane58 | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 25, 2024 |
A fictionalized account of the life of Alice Pleasance Hargreaves, nee Liddell, the woman generally supposed to be the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. Her childhood friendship with Charles Dodgson, her brief romance with Prince Leopold, and her eventual marriage to Reginald Hargreaves are all part of this novel, but the thread that runs through the whole thing is the question of whether Dodgson behaved inappropriately towards her, and what caused the sudden break between him and the Liddell family when Alice was 11 years old.

This was a fascinating, sometimes uncomfortable read, skirting the edges of the historical record and playing around in the hazy places left by destroyed letters and missing diaries. It sent me down many Wikipedia rabbit holes (yes, see what I did there), and I feel like I learned a lot about several Victorian figures and the Oxford of the mid-1800s. I was also freshly irritated at Victorian social mores as embodied in Alice's mother and older sister, just as the author intended. If you enjoy reading about this period, or like to look behind the curtain at the creation of beloved literary classics, I would recommend this book to you.
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foggidawn | 149 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 11, 2024 |



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