On My Bookshelf: People of the Book

I've been on a bit of a reading kick lately :) I wandered into a bookstore in Stratford the other weekend and picked up several books they had on sale. Once I was home I promptly started reading them, then I finished them, and wanted to keep reading. I wandered over to my 'unread' books pile and this one, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, which I've been meaning to read since Christmas!

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From the publisher:
   In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book's journey from its salvation back to its creation.
As with many books, there were a few bits in this one I didn't love (the mother-daughter relationship was a bit annoying), but I did really enjoy reading the 'history' of the book in the title, the Sarajevo Haggadah. Brooks has taken the few facts known about it and embellished upon them to create a sweeping story that covers hundreds of years and thousands of miles. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend.



You should read it if:

1 // You love knowing the history of things. This book traces the history of another, ancient book and the stories it has to tell are fascinating.

2 // You like stories that span across time/space. Jumping back & forth between the 'present' of the book and it's history, Brooks successfully weaved them together in a way that told the story so well.



What are you reading lately?

xo,
B