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oneInfused with the mysticism of alchemy Nonna s Book of Mysteries is an xciting portrait with the mysticism of alchemy Nonna s Book of Mysteries is an xciting portrait a young woman who defies convention to seek her destiny I loved Nonna s Book of Mysteries It s a wonder of a book xciting mysterious and wise I ll long remember the courageous and determined Emilia who learns about choices and the conseuences choices about the importance of struggle and perseverance about loyalty friendship love amid the splendors of Renaissance Florence I can t wait for another from Mary Osborne Karen Cushman Newberry Award Winner author of The Midwife s Apprentice Renaissance Italy is a perfect backdrop for a historical yaromance with a strong modern heroine because although there are proscriptions on women s behavior during this period there is also an unusual amount of freedom That combined with the intellectual artistic and political richness of the period make the potential for plot and character development limitless The author used the xciting history of 15th century Florence well combining just the right amount of ambition hope intrigue and treacheryAs a teacher of yoga and a student of meditation I was drawn in by the references to ancient teachings in the alchemy text central to the story In some schools of meditation one of the underlying thoughts is that we have to dig deep into ourselves to uncover our darkness or demons and work through that in order to achieve peace or in some cases nlightenment We can argue about what those ultimately looks like but I was impressed by the One Ticket To Texas expression of similar sentiments both by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians and to somextent by the Helpmate early Christians I am not by any means a religious person but the author managed to convey the belief in saints and icons in such a way that I thinkveryone can appreciate the values of faith morality and Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy ethicsThose heady historical religious and philosophical references are intrinsic to the story of Emilia s ambition to be than she is allowed to be and thoselements draw the reader in as much as the intrigue of her romancesThe writer has a good touch for comedy I laughed out loud during a disastrous dinner scene However I found the first two or three chapters difficult to get into it seemed Osborne wasn t xactly sure how to start or when to reveal certain things The writing improved shortly after and the charm of her character kept me readingWhile I appreciated the obvious care she took in her research I was saddened to find an obvious historical rror There is no way a servant in Florence would have been harvesting potatoes in 1460 as they were not to the best of my research Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader encountered by Europeans until 1537That s a smallrror and it stands out because the rest of
the story flows so well and reuires relatively little suspension of disbeliefA great read for young adults that will story flows so well and reuires relatively little suspension of disbeliefA great read for young adults that will their appetites for history religion philosophy art and politics Fourteen year old Emilia wants nothing but to become a painter but during the fourteenth century in Italy that s near impossible That is impossible until Makarios a foreign painter recognizes her talent. Ce of Alchemy It once was her grandmother's and Emilia turns again and again to the Manual for guidance When Emilia meets the wealthy brooding Franco Villani her life takes a thrilling but dangerous turn Franco will do anything to win a place in the court of the powerful Cosimo de' Med. Author Mary Osborne s trip to Florence inspired this ngaging novel of Emilia a young girl in 15th century Florence who dreams of becoming an
artist Very few women became artists at this time and while her mother is supportive her father is Very few women became artists at this time and while her mother is supportive her father is to have her understand the way things
are in the world However he indulges her and allows her to apprentice with a local artist while in the world However he indulges her and allows her to apprentice with a local artist while as a young boy When her deception is revealed she is dismissed much to her dismay Emilia finds solace in a treasured book which has been in her family for generations A Manual to the Science of Alchemy This text which Emilia considers to be little than a family heirloom contains passages from ancient texts that her mother assures her will help her get through difficult times Throughout the novel Emilia s story is interspersed with often mysterious uotations from this alchemy bookWhen a grey bearded man a foreigner from Constantinople finds her sketching in a Florence church he offers her a position working with him at his workshop While Makarios paints commissions for the Florentine gentry he also creates thereal icons from his own Orthodox tradition and Emilia learns how to paint in this xotic tradition as well as in the Florentine style Emilia s head is soon turned by one of Makarios patrons a handsome and wealthy businessman from Genoa Franco Villani His flirtatious behavior makes Emilia believe that perhaps she could become his wife and the lady of his xuisite home When they become Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) engaged it seems Emilia s dream of becoming a painter doesn t look promising after all it is only the 14th century and women did not have opportunities such as this Emilia s parents decide to let her pursue her passion and take painting lessons The only thing is she has to pretend that she s a he She ismotionally shattered when her identity is uncovered and she can no longer take lessons Her mother Silvers Edge ends up giving her Nonna s Book of Mysteries and Emiliands up learning a lot about herself and her familyI loved Emilia She s one of my favorite characters of all time and this is one of the best books I have ver read I can t ven begin to tell you how ngrossed I was This is one of those books that you have to read in one sitting Strangely interesting book to read Although I njoyed it it lost a star for me because it s historical fiction and yet the character and plot don t ring true It s just too asy for the main character to shake off the shackles of being a woman and xploring her freedom I think the time period was prettied up a little too much But in any case an interesting look at mysticismBook descriptionAt age fourteen all Emilia Serafini wants is to learn to paint so that she can become an artist But painters apprenticeships for young women don t xist in the Florence of Renaissance Italy The odds appear stacked against her until she receives a fascinating book A Manual to the Science of Alchemy It was once her grandmother s and Emilia turns again and again to the Manual for guidanceWhen Emilia meets the wealthy brooding Franco Villani her life takes a thrilling but dangerous turn Franco will do anything to win a place in the court of the powerful Cosimo de Medici Well aware that Cosim. At age fourteen all Emilia Serafini wants is to learn to paint so that she can become an artist But painters' apprenticeships for young women don't xist in the Florence of Renaissance Italy The odds appear stacked against her until she receives a fascinating book A Manual to the Scien. And asks her to become his
apprentice As Makarios s apprentice Emilia gets worldly xposure and maturity and through an old family As Makarios s apprentice Emilia gets worldly xposure and maturity and through an old family she gleans wisdom At first this book seemed really interesting it s talking about Renaissance Italy How could someone write a boring book in that time period Apparently Mary Osborne can The author certainly did her research and she tries to show this by cramming a copious amount to factual information into her novel Did she really need to put Italian words in very other sentence Not only that the author has no writing style as my English teacher would put it she needs showing and less telling The book is a huge mix of clich d storylines and the plot is not captivating She uses so many foreign names for the characters that I had a hard time remembering who is who The author s characterization is faulty ven her main character is flat In her historical fiction novel Mary Osborne s certainly got the historical part down just not the fiction I was going to Florence for vacation and found this book to read It was a perfect companion for my trip I Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. even stayed on the same street that Emilia lived on The story is predictable but fun Injoyed the information about Renaissance lifestyle and painting I will definitely read Alchemy 2 What I think I njoyed the most about this book was how wonderfully strong determined and smart the protagonist is Emilia Serafini is a fourteen year old girl coming of age in Renaissance Italy and all she wants is to be a painter This is not a typically achievable goal for a woman in that time period but Emilia refuses to give up ven fighting against the marriage her father has already arranged for herTo help Florence in the 1400s was a world center for painting and culture But the guild tightly controlled who could be licensed as a master painter and girls and women were not allowed on their list Still fourteen year old Emilia Serafini lives for her art and she s desper I highly recommend this book to anyone It is well researched in both art history and alchemy The plot has some wonderful plot twists and I think the main character is a good and strong role model for girls It is important to reinforce how far women have been able to advance with Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript even basic rights Emilia has great skill and should be allowed to paint like any boy In Renaissance Italy 14 year old Emilia doesn t really fit the mold of the other girls her age While her father despairs of herver marrying Emilia longs to paint and be recognized like the male artist of her time Emilia dresses like a boy just to get a chance to work under and learn from one of Italy s most revered talents But when an accident reveals Emilia s true identity she is fired and she is once again forced to face the fact that her dreams may be unattainable Shortly after another artist stumbles
across Emilia and offers her an apprenticeship with no disguises necessary Emilia finds her way with the Emilia and offers her an apprenticeship with no disguises necessary Emilia finds her way with the of her unconventional and understanding mother and the aid of a century old family heirloom Nonna s Book of Mysteries is a coming of age story about a girl who defies convention at a time where there were very definite boundaries people women specially didn t cross Ici Well aware that Cosimo prizes ancient manuscripts above all Franco realizes Emilia's Manual would be invaluable to him in ways than one Infused with the mysticism of alchemy Nonna's Book of Mysteries is an xciting portrait of a young woman who defies convention to seek her destiny. .