Author Archive | Rita Welty Bourke

The Vatican Princess by C. W. Gortner

The Vatican Princess, C. W. Gortner

The year 1492 was arguably the most historically important year in Spanish history. Within that twelve month period the world was witness to the defeat of the Moors at Granada, the exile of Jews who refused to convert, and the return of “Christofero Colon (sic)… in triumph to announce his discovery of the new world.” […]

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7 Favorite Books from 2017

7 Favorite Books from 2017

It has been a challenging year, but we all got through it, didn’t we? And there were lots of good things that happened. In December I learned that Kylie’s Ark: The Making of a Veterinarian had been chosen as a Kirkus Best Indie Book of 2017. I am enormously gratified at how this book just […]

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The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal, by Yann Martel

I rarely give a book five stars, but this one, The High Mountains of Portugal, deserves five, and maybe six, or even seven. It’s an allegory, so expect to be challenged. But read it, and you’ll walk away with images that will make you think as you’ve never thought before, laugh your deepest belly laugh, […]

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George

This book is absolutely unique: Just imagine a man who sells books from a floating barge in the Seine. And not just books, but specific books that will heal the afflicted, soothe a broken heart, point to a path through hardship. Yet Jean Perdu, a “literary apothecary,” is unable to prescribe for himself. The sorrow […]

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Leviathan

Leviathan

Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly not happy about this movie. He does not like it that Leviathan depicts a corrupt government, a system of law that rewards the powerful and crushes those who stand in its way. Leviathan is the dramatic story of an auto mechanic, Kolya, who lives in a fishing village on […]

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The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

The Hot Zone, Richard Preston

October 16, 2014: News helicopters followed the ambulance that transported Nina Pham, the Texas nurse diagnosed with the Ebola virus, from the Frederick Municipal Airport to an isolation unit at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD. Escorted by police

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