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The Yearling
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Cleopatra: A Life - Stacy Schiff Loved this - very readable, fascinating look at the life and times of Cleopatra, and by extension, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Augustus.Schiff explains the context for Cleopatra's life: the history of Cleopatra's family as rulers of Egypt, and what it meant to rule in Egypt, especially alongside a completely unstable and growing empire like Rome.She focuses on ancient sources, acknowledges their limitations, and tries to reconcile discrepancies between them (but is always clear when they disagree), and shows when and why much of what people think they know about Cleopatra was introduced into the narrative.It's written in a lively style (I loved all the footnotes about the fates of people not central to the story).