Hella’s Book Review

This month Hella reviews the book Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

In the Historical fiction Paula McLain illustrates the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha is considered one of the most important war correspondents of the 20th century and is, herself, the author of several fiction and nonfiction books.  Martha meets Hemingway for the first time in late 1936 in a bar in Key West. She is in her late 20th and Ernest is ten years older and also still married to his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. Martha and Hemingway, along with other war correspondence, travel together to Spain to cover the Spanish Civil War. Martha was already nationally recognized for her reporting of the Great Depression and felt she could make a difference by telling the American people about the atrocities in Spain. There, she experiences some very traumatic moments that inspire her.  While in Spain Martha becomes infatuated with Hemmingway, and the two writers begin a close relationship… Read the full review


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Fireside Chat Book Discussion

Join us for our next book Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Books are available at the library for check out.

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?….Read more.

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