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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian – by Marina Lewycka

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian has a rather confusing title. At first glance, you might think this book is some sort of agricultural textbook that you would need an English-Ukrainian dictionary to help you decipher.

At least, that’s what I thought. Instead, I was happy to find a book about a family (written in English) that was funny, and heartbreaking, and compelling.

Nadezhda and Vera are two sisters, (now both adults), who do not get along with each other. Nadezhda, the youngest daughter, grew up in England during a time of peace. Vera, ten years Nadezhda’s senior, grew up in Ukraine while the war was going on.

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Abundance – by Sena Jeter Naslund

Sena Jeter Naslund has written a captivating novel of historical fiction about the life of Marie Antoinette.  Anyone who is familiar with history will know the main events that occurred, and, of course, what happened to this Queen of France at the end of her life. Even knowing that, however, it is still well worth it to read through the 520-something pages of this book because it is so well written.

Naslund writes this story entirely from the viewpoint of Marie, herself. She gives the reader the treat of hearing the private thoughts of a Queen. Included are some letters Marie writes to friends and family, and also some letters written to her from loved ones.

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