A Great Airplane Read – The Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable

A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable is a great book to stash in your travel bag this summer.  This book intertwines a story of two fascinating women.  The first story introduces April Vogt, a modern day Sotheby’s Auctioneer, traveling to Paris to estimate the value of a mysterious apartment that has been locked for seventy years, all the while avoiding her marriage that’s in turmoil.  

The other story takes us back to courtesan Paris to meet Marthe de Florian, where the true story of this amazing apartment unfolds.  This book has it all, romance, historical fiction, and the beauties and wonders of Paris. Don’t miss out on a good read this summer!

 

Book Review: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Front cover of the Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

After reading an extremely favorable review by a friend on Facebook, I decided to read Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  Not only was the book praised by friends but it is a Pulitzer Prize Winner and a National Book Award Winner.  So, there’s that.

Through the story of the main character Cora, we connect to the fearful and hopeless life of a slave in pre-civil war America as we witness the devastating tragedies that befall herself and those who surround her.

Whitehead gives the reader glimpses of hope throughout this book, but I found myself frequently disappointed and frustrated by how abruptly that hope was pulled away.  And the more that I thought about it, the more I realized that most likely was Whitehead’s point.