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I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis

I just finished our book group pick for this month. It was readable but left no surprises. The story is told by Mona Lisa herself and although the characters seemed quite rich, the plot left a lot to be desired. Here is the synopsis from Barnes & Noble:

“Florence, April 1478: The handsome Giuliano de’ Medici is brutally assassinated in Florence’s magnificent Duomo. The shock of the murder ripples throughout the great city, from the most renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to a wealthy wool merchant and his extraordinarily beautiful daughter, Madonna Lisa. More than a decade later, Florence falls under the dark spell of the preacher Savonarola, a fanatic who burns paintings and books as easily as he sends men to their deaths. Lisa, now grown into an alluring woman, captures the heart of Giuliano’s nephew and namesake. But when Guiliano, her love, meets a tragic end, Lisa must gather all her courage and cunning to untangle a sinister web of illicit love, treachery, and dangerous secrets that threatens her life. Set against the drama of 15th Century Florence, I, Mona Lisa is painted in many layers of fact and fiction, with each intricately drawn twist told through the captivating voice of Mona Lisa herself.”

Read it if you are a fan of historical fiction and enjoy a bit of mystery strewn in with romance.

Books Reviewed in 2008

These are the books I read in 2008. All links take you to my review. Enjoy!

2008 Book Reviews

1. Cane River by Lalita Tademy
2. Tea For Ruby by Sarah Mountbatten-Windsor and Sarah Ferguson
3. The Soloist by Steve Lopez
4. The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
5. Paper Purses by Klutz
6. Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris
7. Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russell
8. Who By Fire by Diana Spechler
9. The Misadventures of Oliver Booth by David Desmond
10. Dewey by Vicki Myron
11. In The Woods by Tana French
12. Queen Vernita’s Visitors by Dawn Menge
13. Creepers by Joanne Dahme
14. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
15, Tethered by Amy MacKinnon
16. The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox
17. Run by Ann Patchett
18. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
19. Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
20. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
21. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
22. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
23. The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
24. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
25. Stone Creek by Victoria Lustbader
26. The Safety of Secrets by Delaune Michel
27. The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan
28. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
29. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
30. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
31. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
32. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
33. Matrimony by Joshua Henkin
34. A Long Way Gone by Ismael Beah
35. The Cleft Doris Lessing
36. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
37. I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis