In the midst of all the Armchair BEA doings (which was a blast!) I managed to get a few books read and reviews posted.
Devotion and Defiance by Humaira Awais Shahid is the memoir of a female member of the legislature in Pakistan who worked for women’s rights.
Honolulu by Alan Brennert is the story of Korean “picture brides” in the early 1900s who came to Hawaii in hopes of a better life.
Click on the titles for the reviews.
Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice by Paula Byrne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Dido Elizabeth Belle was the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy captain and an African slave.Â She was sent to live with her white great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, who was a powerful judge and ruled on many of the most important cases leading up to the abolishment of slavery in England.Â
Dido was raised with her cousin, whose mother had died when she was 5.Â When the Earl commissioned a portrait of his two wards together as equals it was shocking to London society.
This book was written as a companion to the movie about their life called Belle that is coming out soon.Â As an American I didn’t know a lot of details about the Abolitionist movement in England.Â This was a quick overview of that period in time.
Belle sounds like an interesting read! You read a lot of historical fiction & historical non-fiction this week, is it your genre of choice?
I tend to read a lot of one genre at a time and then move on to something else but historical fiction and nonfiction are favorites.
Ok! Fantasy is my genre of choice, but I do tend to get that craving for one particular genre sometimes. Right now I’m really dying to read all the Hercule Poirot books, but the second one is taking ages to get to me from the library! Other people want to read it too, boo! 😀
This does sound like an interesting story. Came see my week here. Happy reading!
Like the look of this so much.
Armchair BEA was a blast, I thought. Hope you had a great time, too!
Here’s my It’s Monday!