The Fiorella Files

The Fiorella Files-Smith, Wharton, Bennett

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English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable, by Lacey Baldwin Smith

Here at last is a history of England that is designed to entertain as well as inform and that will delight the armchair traveler, the tourist or just about anyone interested in history. No people have engendered quite so much acclaim or earned so much censure as the English: extolled as the Athenians of modern times, yet hammered for their self-satisfaction and hypocrisy. But their history has been a spectacular one. The guiding principle of this book’s heretical approach is that “history is not everything that happened, but what is worth remembering about the past.. . .”. Thus, its chapters deal mainly with “Memorable History” in blocks of time over the centuries. The final chapter “The Royal Soap Opera,” recounts the achievements, personalities and idiocies of the royal family since the arrival of William the Conqueror in 1066

 

In Morocco, by Edith Wharton

In Morocco is an excellent travelogue written by Edith Wharton following her visit to the country in 1917 during the turmoil of World War I. Wharton traveled with a French General in a motorcar for much of her trip. Edith Wharton was one of the greatest authors of the early 20th century. In 1921 Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize and she was also nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature on 3 different occasions. Wharton’s writing was known for its wit while providing great social and psychological insight into American culture during her time. With classics such as The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth, and The Custom of the Country, Wharton remains one of the most widely read authors in all of literature.

 

The Windsor Knot, by S.J. Bennett

It is the early spring of 2016 and Queen Elizabeth is at Windsor Castle in advance of her 90th birthday celebrations. But the preparations are interrupted by the shocking and untimely death of a guest in one of the Castle bedrooms. The scene leads some to think the young Russian pianist strangled himself, yet a badly tied knot leads MI5 to suspect foul play. When they begin to question the Household’s most loyal servants, Her Majesty knows they’re looking in the wrong place.

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