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Monday, January 14, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (January 14th)

Finally, an image of another book!  Just teasing... Although it does feel as though it has been a while since I posted book covers/images here as part of my "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" posts.  I have been reading bits and pieces of books, but this is the first "important" new book that I have read in the past couple of weeks.  I have been very obsessed with the PBS Television show Downton Abbey (bought and flew through seasons one and two; last night watched the second episode of season three)!!  This book, The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott was actually one that I picked up partially because of Downton Abbey, so even books are not immune *amused*  The Dressmaker is an interesting story whose main character is a servant girl who up and leaves her position for the chance to work on the Titanic.  (This connects to the tv series because the show starts in 1912, when the Titanic sank/sinks). The young woman finds a position, survives, and the story continues with her first few weeks/months in the United States -- including hearings held about the sinking of the ship, which I fully admit I had not realized occurred.  Possibly more novels/historical fiction from that time period to come!

Also I cannot go without posting at least one image from season three of Downton Abbey! This is the two grandmothers (not a surprise to realize that in the 1920's the grandmother on the left is from America, seeing as her outfit reflects a much more "loose" society than the very strict class structure we have been watching in previous seasons!)
On the left is the lady of the houses' mother, played by Shirley MacLaine.  On the right is the lord of the houses' mother, played by Dame Maggie Smith.  Both are two of a large cast of wonderful actors and actresses!! Love this show!

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