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Monday, June 25, 2012

"Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman" by Robert Massie Wins Andrew Carnegie Award for Excellence in Literature.

Robert K. Massie's fascinating biography of Catherine the Great won the first-ever Andrew Carnegie Award for Excellence in Literature in the nonfiction category this weekend at the American Library Association conference.  I recently finished reading this book and recommend it strongly.  Catherine's story, her rise to power, and what went on in the mid-1700s at the Russian court is absorbing - and often astounding -  to read, and Robert Massie tells it all in an engaging manner.

The Carnegie Award for fiction was given to Anne Enright's novel The Forgotten Waltz.

Photo:  Olbrich Gardens June 2012.

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