This is the first Friday Finds I've participated in this month and I only have 4 titles to share - it's a miracle!
- Man's Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl - "Between 1942 and 1945 psychiatrist Viktor Frankl labored in four different concentration camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the stories of his many patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory -- known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ('meaning') -- holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful." (From the back cover of the Beacon Press, 2006 edition.) Thanks to Books 'N Border Collies for recommending this one.
- The Myth of Bloody Mary, by Linda Porter - S. Krishna's Books highly recommended this new biography of Queen Mary Tudor. "When the name , daughter of and sister of Elizabeth I, is mentioned, what immediately comes to mind? A bloodthirsty monarch who burned heretics? A women who was so sure of her own faith that she murdered everyone that didn’t agree with her? According to Linda Porter’s insightful new biography of “Bloody Mary,” that isn’t necessarily the case. Porter draws on an amazing amount of research in order to present a new side of the much maligned Queen." I've always been fascinated with Mary - how she could be the daughter of the amazing Katherine of Aragon and yet turn into such a horrific ruler. This book sounds wonderful.
- Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, by Ross King - Another book I can thank Books 'N Border Collies for recommending. She says, "As much as I love history, I find it difficult to find non-fiction history books that capture and hold my attention. So many of them are so very dry. The problem is exacerbated when the historical topic is not something in which I've had anything beyond a vague curious interest." Yet this book (in audio form, which I love) kept her "so engrossed in the presentation that [she] often forgot it was non-fiction." I LOVE those kinds of books! I'll definitely be getting the audio version of this one.
- The Book of Fathers, by Miklos Vamos - I heard about this book in the author's guest post at ReadingGroupGuides.com (an excellent post by the way!). This book is "both a family saga, chronicling twelve generations, and a 400-year history of Hungary." In concept it reminds me of Edward Rutherford's and James Michener's books, both authors I enjoy very much. I'll definitely be on the lookout for this book.
Have any of these titles made it to you TBR list this week?
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