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. New program for Fall 2020 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 program for Fall 2020 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 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 and Fly Girls, How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds And Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien. Come meet Blanche, the American Flapper Girl who marries Claude Auzello, who becomes the manager of the Ritz Hotel in Paris, or meet Amelia Earhart, and her four terrific, brave lady friends: Ruth Elder, "the Bravest of the Fair and the Fairest of the Brave," Ruth Nichols, "the Flying Debutante," Louise Thaden, the "small town dreamer," and Florence Klingensmith, the "Darling of the Northern Plains." 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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