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Book Group & Trip

My book group met last night to discuss I, Mona Lisa. I gave my opinion of it in a previous post but most of the book group did not think too much of it. It was classified as a “bodice ripper” by most, even though it is technically considered Historical Fiction. We all pretty much decided not to choose such one-dimensional books in the future. Of course the person that chose the book was not there. It would have been nice to get her take on it.

This Sunday I leave for a business conference. I will be gone for 4 days. My husband with be on his own with the kids. My son has auditions for his next show and my husband has never done the “audition thing” with him so I have employed the help of a friend to make sure my son gets to where he needs to be. A little back-up can’t hurt, right?

I plan to catch-up on my reading and will be checking stuff online while gone. Have a good weekend!


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.