Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - The Book of Madness and Cures; Regina O'Melveny


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating! Want to participate? Post your own WOW entry on your blog, and leave your link at Breaking the Spine. Here's my pick:


 
Rebecca O'Melveny
(Little Brown and Co. - April 2012)

(about the book)

Gabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th century Venice: a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, has provided her entrée to this all-male profession, and inspired in her a shared mission to understand the secrets of the human body.

Then her father disappears and Gabriella faces a crisis: she is no longer permitted to treat her patients, women who need her desperately, without her father's patronage. She sets out across Europe to find where-and why-he has gone. Following clues from his occasional enigmatic letters, Gabriella crosses Switzerland, Germany and France, entering strange and forbidding cities. She travels to Scotland, the Netherlands, and finally to Morocco. In each new land she probes the mystery of her father's flight, and open new mysteries of her own. Not just mysteries of ailments and treatments, but ultimate mysteries of mortality, love, and the timeless human spirit.

Filled with medical lore and sensuous, vivid details of Renaissance life, The Book of Madness and Cures is an intoxicating and unforgettable debut.

17 comments:

  1. You somehow have the most amazing books! this sounds wonderful.

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  2. This sounds neat! Never heard of it before.

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  3. Oh, this one does sound fantastic, and like something that needs to go on my list right away! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  4. This sounds great. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

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  5. You had me at Venice. Onto the TBR pile it goes!

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  6. This does sound fabulous! Now I can't wait to find out more. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. This does indeed sound wonderful! It combine two of my favorite genres, historical fiction and women travelers. Medicine is also a big interest of mine; I see I will now have to add this to my TBR list. The cover is rather lovely, too.

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  8. I love to read about strong women like that!

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  9. Loving the cover, this sounds like a read I'd really enjoy.

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  10. This looks good. I'm not much for 16th century historical books in general (ie romance) but I make exceptions when it involves science or medicine. I'll have to watch for this one.

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  11. Oh, this sounds gorgeous. Thanks for posting about it :)

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  12. I have read two books this year about women practicing medicine in ancient times: The Firebrand and Selene of Alexandria. Both were fascinating, and I think this would be as well!

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  13. Now that one could be really awesome!!!

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  14. I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds like a great historical.

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  15. What an interesting book! I haven't heard about it before.

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  16. I've heard of this book before. Amazing cover I might add. Great choice! Thank you for sharing it with us!!

    Sam
    Books For All Seasons

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