In February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Personally, I am not a fan of this “holiday.” Wouldn’t you much rather get flowers when there are not constant reminders everywhere? But after the orange and black for Halloween, the brown for Thanksgiving, the blue for Hanukkah, and the red and green for Christmas, the stores are now decorated in various shades of red. To go along with that color scheme, today’s recommended reading is brought to you by the color RED:
Fiction: The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
In exquisite prose, Hoffman describes the changing world of small-town Blackwell, Massachusetts. Over 300 years, readers get a glimpse of the passions, secrets, and loyalties that intertwine the fate of the people who come there. At the center of everyone’s life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.
Non-fiction: The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury
The great Sioux warrior-statesman Red Cloud was the only Native American in history to defeat the United States Army in a war. At the peak of Red Cloud’s powers, the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. This book tells the story of one of history’s most powerful Native American warriors.
Classic: The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The rulers of the French Revolution are unable to discern the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a man whose exploits are an embarrassment to the new regime. Is he an exiled French nobleman or an English lord? This timeless novel is part romance, part spy thriller, part superhero fiction, and overall great fun.