Thursday, July 19, 2018

#CatThursday - #Books and #Cats (2)


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It's a readathon month over at my blog, Seasons of Reading so a good time to share more cats and books. Really...what could go together better? 









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Thursday, July 12, 2018

#CatThursday - #Authors and #Cats (74) Natalia Ginzburg


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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author with their cat(s), pictured with a cat(s), or guest posts by cat loving authors who also (sometimes) write about cats.


Natalia Ginzburg (July 14, 1916 - October 07, 1991) was an Italian novelist, essayist, translator and playwright, who has written of her unconventional family and its opposition in Turin to Fascist oppression. Ginzburg's novels are a mixture of reminiscence, observation, and invention. Much of her fiction is written in the first person in a plain style, and constructed almost entirely of dialogue.
She published her first novel under the pseudonym Alessandra Torninparte. -via Goodreads


Prolific author of The Little Virtues, All Our Yesterdays, Voices in the Evening, The Manzoni Family and many more...and very obviously a cat lover. 





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Friday, July 6, 2018

Donna Russo Morin's Gilded Summers - #Review


My thoughts
I love historical fiction because it speaks of bygone eras and social norms we find unfathomable today. Gilded Summers perfectly illustrates the lives of women in the 19th century and how little rights they had at the time. Even more enlightening is the idea that women of privilege had even fewer rights because of the strict social constraints of their set.

Pearl, born into a life of privilege, and a card carrying member of the Newport elite, does the unthinkable by befriending her lady's maid. Pearl and Ginevra become fast friends, as they both share dreams of a different life from what they are destined for, and what is expected.  Pearl soon learns of the scandal and undesirable behavior behind the scenes of the privileged set. Ginevra learns that a kind word or gesture from those in high society often leads to much more menacing behavior underneath. These revelations culminate in a shocking denouement.

I have long been a fan of this author. She knows how to vibrantly tell a historical story while still staying true to the historical side of things. Her passion for the Newport area shines through in her words. Gilded Summers is an insightful glimpse into an age and place where women, even women of power, were merely objects and ornamentation. It is also an inspiring story of two women who chose to buck convention and live lives of their choosing; women who pioneered the way for the women of future generations.


GILDED SUMMERS:
A Novel of Newport’s Gilded Age


Pearl and Ginevra grow up in the era known as the Gilded Age in Newport, Rhode Island. One lives above the stairs, the other below.

Surrounded by Astors and Vanderbilts, Pearl fills her days with teatime and shallow friendships, yearning for something more. A chance meeting with Mary Cassatt sparks her secret desire to be an artist. Meanwhile Ginevra, fresh off the boat from Italy, finds her own dreams out of reach as she joins the unwelcoming household as a servant and seamstress.

Kindred souls, the girls become fast friends but must keep their friendship hidden from Pearl’s controlling mother. Every summer, they meet in a hidden spot beneath the weeping beeches to talk of art and life, and their struggles to break the barriers of their lives.

Soon, the two young women must decide who they want to be in this world, and survive what it takes to get there…even if it includes murder.

"Gilded Summers by Donna Russo Morin is a lush and evocative novel of the distinctive period known as Newport’s Gilded Age, a period brought vibrantly to life in this powerful work. Ginevra and Pearl, unique in their own way yet equally sympathetic, are captivating from the start and never let go. The passages and chapters are exquisitely and uniquely intertwined, like the young lives of its characters, sewn seamlessly with the mounting mystery and suspense. Vivid descriptions evoke the setting and period with such mastery, one feels like a ‘fly on the wall,’ living there with these young women who are so well crafted and developed. A genuine ‘can’t put it down’ novel, a triumph by a masterful writer!"
-Anne Girard (Diane Haegar) author of Madame Picasso

"A wonderful peek at the Gilded Age of Newport, RI, filled with the Astors and Vanderbilts and a bit of mystery. 4 Stars!"
-Barbara Khan, Baer Books Blog

AVAILABLE NOW in print, ebook, and audio formats.


About the author
Donna Russo Morin is an award-winning historical fiction author. Donna has dabbled as a model and actor, working on Showtime's Brotherhood and Martin Scorsese's The Departed. Branching out with her storytelling skills, Donna is now a screenwriter. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Donna lives on the south shore of Rhode Island close to the ocean she loves so very much. She is the proud mother of two sons, Devon and Dylan, her greatest works in progress.

Visit her website at www.donnarussomorin.com
Friend her at http://www.facebook.com/Donna.Russo.Morin, and follow her on Twitter at @DonnaRussoMorin.



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Thursday, July 5, 2018

#CatThursday - For the love of...toilet paper? #Cats


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Arya is the toilet paper destroyer in our household (and sometimes paper towels). Do you have one in your house?








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Thursday, June 28, 2018

#CatThursday - #Cats in #Art (30) Botched restorations and medieval art


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This month for Cats in Art, I was inspired by an article on Patheos. This article was talking about a recent botched restoration of a famous and irreplaceable work of art in a church. It also mentioned a previous restoration of a church work of art which was horribly botched. 

The latter case of restoration gone wrong was the "Ecce Homo in the Sanctuary of Mercy church in Borja, Spain. That’s the fresco featuring Jesus in a crown of thorns, painted in the 1930s, that a well-meaning artist named Cecilia Giménez offered to restore in 2012."

This was the end result (before and after). Egads!



So, the newest debacle "a 500-year-old painted effigy of St. George battling a dragon, which sits in the Church of St. Michael in the Spanish town of Estella, has been renovated by someone who had no business doing it."

And here is that end result (before and after). Zoinks! (I mean it does look like a cartoon. lol)

Anyway, reading this inspired me to look for cats in medieval art. What I found out is medieval artists did not know how to paint cats! Take a look. Some of them are pretty creepy...and did cats have human faces back then...???







Now that you can't unsee these, I'd like to wish you a happy weekend and 4th of July holiday next week. 




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Thursday, June 21, 2018

#CatThursday - The lives of #cats


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

#CatThursday - #Authors and #Cats (73) Yves Beauchemin


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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author with their cat(s), pictured with a cat(s), or guest posts by cat loving authors who also (sometimes) write about cats.

You might notice something different this week. No more linky (also a new authors and cats button!). Since I'm now down to one participant (thank you so much for linking up every week, Pam), I'm going to forego the linky until/if participation picks up again. So, for those who do want to leave a link, please leave it along with your comment. Thank you! 


This month's author, Yves Beauchemin (born 26 June 1941) is a Quebec novelist.

Born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Beauchemin received his degree in French literature and art history at the Université de Montréal in 1965. He taught literature at the Collège Garneau and Université Laval. Beauchemin was working as an editor in a Montreal publishing firm when he began contributing essays and stories to magazines and newspapers. In 1969 he accepted a position as a researcher at Radio-Québec.


Beauchemin's first novel, L'enfirouapé (1974), won the Prix France-Québec. His second novel, Le matou (1981, translated as The Alley Cat - 1986), became the all-time best-selling novel in French Quebec literature and has been translated into seventeen languages. Beauchemin won the Prix Jean Giono for his third novel, Juliette Pormerleau (1989).

In his fiction Beauchemin is a detached but caring observer of the contemporary world around him. The panoramic canvases of his novels capture the teeming life of the streets, reflecting their author's appreciation of such great nineteenth-century writers as Balzac, Dickens, Dostoevsky and Gogol.

He resides in Longueuil, Quebec. (from Wikipedia)




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Thursday, June 7, 2018

#CatThursday - #Cats and laps


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Sorry about the hiatus last week. I had a cellulitis scare in my leg and felt pretty bad for several days. Thankfully, I was able to take the antibiotics they gave me (without having a reaction. Yay!) and I'm doing so much better. Thanks to Pam for wishing me well. I appreciate it. 






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Thursday, May 31, 2018

#CatThursday - On hiatus this week


I'm on hiatus this week due to illness. Sorry! Hope to see you next week.




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