Barbara Rinella, a former teacher, defines herself as an “academic entertainer.” For many years she has been celebrating literature and learning through her delightful programs on current books. Current new program, which she is also doing by Zoom during this challenging time, is a dramatization of The Queen's Fortune by Allison Pataki, an amazing historical fiction novel of the life of Desiree Clary! Desiree was the first fiance of Napoleon, but he rejects her and the French Revolution is bringing worry to all. How will Desiree evolve to begin a true Dynasty? Another new Zoom program is a dramatization of The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. During this scary Covid-19 pandemic, what a true help to bring positive Winston Churchill's attitude during the German Blitz by Hitler in 1940 to help us deal with our 2020/2021 coronavirus battle!! For more Power thoughts, Barbara is still presenting a dramatization of The Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin about survival and resistance during the Nazi occupation in France during WWII. Come meet Blanche, the American Flapper Girl who marries Claude Auzello, who becomes the manager of the Ritz Hotel in Paris! Barbara has created a short video of The Queen's Fortune, so might be fun for a viral book event. All BEST wishes to everyone during this scary virus pandemic, and with isolation it is obviously a time to read good books!!
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