Alice Padwe

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

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An absorbing tale of betrayal and deadly political alliances during the Renaissance.

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An exploration of the iron lady behind one of New York’s premier publishing houses

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An affectionate look at the heyday of America's premier magazine.

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The author travels far and wide in his quest to unearth the birthplace of porcelain.

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Odysseus: The Oath

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.

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From Chaucer to J.K. Rowling, Paul Dickson gives us the skinny on famous and lesser-known writers who have contributed to the English language.

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The Dream Maker

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.

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Can you identify a work by its concluding lines? Give it a try! When you’re done, scroll down to see the answers.

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A novel takes another look at the Borgias.

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House of Earth

Woody Guthrie

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.

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The City of Devi

Manil Suri

Amidst apocalyptic disaster, two people search for a common lover in a panicked Mumbai.

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A gripping story of how Venice became a sea-based empire with material wealth and luck -- and then lost both.

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James Salzman

Should access to water be considered a human right, available free to consumers, or a commodity that can be sold for profit?

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Jennie Fields

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.

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Janet Groth

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.

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The Independent discusses Madeline Miller's book The Song of Achilles winner of the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction.

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The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

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.

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Ariel Dorfman

This book, the cleansing of a political exile’s soul, forces readers to contemplate disturbing truths.