Here's a much more recent book for you. Some of you may have seen this movie a few years back; I liked the movie. So when I discovered this book among the hundreds I bought last fall, I was very pleased.
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
by Tracy Chevalier
Delft, 1664. 16 year old Griet's family in in financial ruin following the explosion of a kiln which blinded her father. The family's savings has been spent to apprentice her younger brother to the tile factory where her father had been an artisan, and Griet is sent to work as a maid Vermeer, the famed painter, a position which her father obtained for her through his artisans' guild. The story winds through several years during which Griet lives with and works for the Vermeer family, eventually being used by the painter not only to clean his studio without disturbing anything, but also to assist him in mixing his paints. The book takes a beautiful painting and creates a story behind it. There's a great deal of detail about life in the 1660s contained within this story; it captured my imagination even more than the movie did. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction would like this book.
Hope you all have a great weekend! Anyone have any exciting plans?