Alice Padwe has been expressing her opinion on books ever since she selected Salomé from her parents’ library because it had pictures, then reported to her elementary school class that it was silly and she didn’t like it. Her opinion of Oscar Wilde is more favorable now, and she remains grateful to her mother who always encouraged her to read and did not censor her choices. After graduating from Wellesley College (an English major, of course) she worked for various publishing houses in New York. Upon moving to Washington, she landed at the Smithsonian, where she served as a volunteer and staff member, with duties ranging from teaching evolution to writing and editing. She is currently the coordinator of the Wellesley Literary Circle.
18 entries by Alice Padwe
By Catherine Fletcher
An absorbing tale of betrayal and deadly political alliances during the Renaissance.
An exploration of the iron lady behind one of New York’s premier publishing houses
By Thomas Vinciguerra
An affectionate look at the heyday of America's premier magazine.
By Edmund de Waal
The author travels far and wide in his quest to unearth the birthplace of porcelain.
By Valerio Massimo Manfredi (translated by Christine Feddersen-Manfredi)
A new fictional take on the famous Greek hero, from his childhood through his invention of the Trojan horse.
Jean-Christophe Rufin, translated by Alison Anderson
The French monarchy and the reign of Charles VII come to life in this novel by a winner of France’s Prix Goncourt award for fiction.
A novel takes another look at the Borgias.
In this newly unearthed 1947 novel by folk music icon Woody Guthrie, a husband and wife struggle to build a life in the bleak Texas panhandle.
Amidst apocalyptic disaster, two people search for a common lover in a panicked Mumbai.
A gripping story of how Venice became a sea-based empire with material wealth and luck -- and then lost both.
Should access to water be considered a human right, available free to consumers, or a commodity that can be sold for profit?
Edith Wharton's affair with Mortin Fullerton, and how it threatened it lifelong friendship with governess-turned-confidant Anna Bahlman, is the subject of the author's newest novel.
Dreams of writing, and of a sparkling life in the big city, don’t quite pan out for a child of the Midwest who goes to work at the famed magazine.
It takes a brave writer to attempt a foray into the battlefield made famous by Homer and Virgil, but in her first novel Madeline Miller does so, acquitting herself admirably.
This book, the cleansing of a political exile’s soul, forces readers to contemplate disturbing truths.