Book Talks: The Art of Arranging Flowers and The Monuments Men

art of arranging flowersThe Art of Arranging Flowers
by Lynne Branard

The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard is a moving, eloquent novel about love, grief, renewal and the powerful language of flowers.

Ruby Jewell knows flowers. In her twenty years as a florist she has stood behind the counter at the Flower Shoppe with her faithful dog, Clementine, resting at her feet. A customer can walk in, and with just a glance or a few words, Ruby can throw together the perfect arrangement for any occasion.

Whether intended to rekindle a romance, mark a celebration, offer sympathy, or heal a broken heart, her expressive floral designs mark the moments and milestones in the lives of her neighbors. It’s as though she knows just what they want to say, just what they need.

Yet Ruby’s own heart’s desires have gone ignored since the death of her beloved sister. It will take an invitation from a man who’s flown to the moon, the arrival of a unique little boy, and concern from a charming veterinarian to reawaken her wounded spirit. Any life can be derailed, but the healing power of community can put it right again.

The Art of Arranging Flowers can be requested in your community through any of the eight library branches in Haliburton County.

 

the monuments menThe monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history
by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter

It’s World War II and some of mankind’s greatest achievements – works of Picasso and Rembrandt, Vermeer and DaVinci, Madonna of the Bruges and the Ghent Altarpiece, and many more works of art from museums, galleries, and private collections – are about to become an overlooked casualty of war. That is until the Monuments Men, a team of Allied Soldiers – architects, curators and art scholars in their civilian lives – set out on their mission.

Focusing on the period between D-Day and V-E Day, The monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter follows six Monument Men on their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis.

As the Reich falls the German army is under orders to destroy everything, the Russian army is advancing into what will soon become East Germany, and the Monuments Men are in a race against time to rescue these precious works of art from behind enemy lines.

The monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter, along with The Monuments Men the movie inspired by the book, are available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, June 29th – July 12th, 2014.

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