Among the new books that have just been published, here is my selection of some of the more interesting ones that you can read in September 2018:
The Last Palace
Europe’s Extraordinary Century Through Five Lives
and one House in Prague
by Norman Eisen
6 September 2018
After World War I, Otto Petschek, a Jewish banker, built a magnificent palace in Prague. When the Germans come to power, the Petscheks had to abandon their home and to flee Prague. The palace will change hands many times. First, the House is occupied by the Nazis, and after the war, the palace became the U.S embassy.
The Last Palace is the history of the palace and its residents, and also the history of Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), the Prague Spring, and Europe during the tumultuous 20th century. It’s also the story of the author, who lived in the palace as the U.S ambassador to the Czech Republic, and his mother, who had to escape at the beginning of the communist regime.
A very interesting book, for history lover.
A life-changing teacher,
His world-changing kids,
and the most inventive
classroom in America
by Heather Won Tesoriero
4 September 2018
This book tells the story of a remarkable science teacher, Andy Bramante, and his amazing students at Connecticut’s Greenwich High School. The students have to apply to be in Andy’s science research class. During the school year, we follow the students as they have to find a topic for research, for a personal project. We also read about their personal life, and how the teacher helps them, giving them all his time and attention. An inspiring book!
by Amy Stewart
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Collection : A Kopp Sisters Novel
11 September 2018
This is the fourth book in the Kopp Sisters mystery series. However, it can be read as a stand alone. The series is based on real people, the Kopp sisters: Constance Kopp was the first woman deputy sheriff in New Jersey. But the series is fictional.
The story takes place in 1916, at local election time. At that time, women couldn’t vote, they have no liberty, they depended totally on their husbands. Sometimes, a woman was sent and locked in asylum by an abusive husband. That’s the case in this novel. Constance has to transport a woman in a mental institution, and has the intuition that there is something wrong. At the same time, another woman tries to escape from the same asylum. Constance will fight for the truth. A captivating book, with suspense and humour!
by Melissa Harrison
23 August 2018
The action takes place in Suffolk, just before World War II, in 1933-34.
The novel is narrated in the first person by Edith, a fourteen year-old girl living with her family on a farm, a girl who prefers to read books rather than work in the fields. Then arrives in the village a woman from London, Constance, with the project to write an article about farming and rural traditions. At first, Edie is fascinated by this modern woman, full of confidence. And Edie’s life changes considerably. But to what extent? Constance’s project is it really what it claims to be?
Edith is a sensitive and moving character, facing struggles in a changing world.
Melissa Harrison depicts the wonders of nature through gorgeous descriptions. Her writing is beautiful. An impressive book, a must read!
I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree
A Nature Poem for Every Day
of the Year: National Trust
Nosy Crow Ltd
29 August 2018
A collection of 366 nature poems, written by a variety of poets, including: Emily Dickinson, Emily Brontë, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, William Blake and many more.
The poems are selected by Fiona Waters and the book is illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. This book will help you to create an evening or morning routine and a sense of security.
It’s a wonderful book for children, adults and nature lovers.