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Three books came out in the last year that feature, each in its own way, the disappearance of a woman: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, Jeanette Winterson’s Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

If you remember the basics of English history or if you’ve caught The Tudors on Showtime, you know how the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn ends.  But (more…)

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I’m supposed to be packing for our upcoming move … but instead I’ve been reading Wolf Hall.  When I was in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (a lovely place to go if you are a writer, artist or composer), writer Pam Durban recommended it to me.  It’s taken me years to finally read it, but I’m so glad I did.

What a terrific book!  It tells the story of Thomas Cromwell, who rose from obscurity (he was a blacksmith’s son — his enemies at court never let him forget it) to be Henry VIII’s chief minister during the king’s turbulent divorce from Catherine of Aragon, his subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn, the execution of Thomas More and various misadventures after that.  (more…)

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