Friday Morning Bookclub

March 22, 2011

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives The True Memoirs Of Little K By Adrienne Sharp 4 Omelets

Filed under: Polls,Rate The Book,The True Memoirs of Little K — susanbright @ 10:38 pm

Amazon readers gave The True Memoirs of Little K 4 1/2 stars

Barnes and Noble gave The True Memoirs of Little K 5 stars

The True Memoirs of Little K is the story of  Mathilde Kschessinskaya, Prima Ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theater during the three-hundred-year-old Romanov empire. This historical fiction is narrated by the 100 year old Mathilde Kschessinska, or Little K.

March 17, 2011

Rate The Book: The True Memoirs Of Little K By Adrienne Sharp

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Please help us rate our books! All votes and comments are welcomed!

March 13, 2011

March Bookclub & Little “K”

Filed under: The Friday Morning Book Club,The True Memoirs of Little K — annwalter @ 3:48 pm

Our book club group was only four this month, but that made for some interesting discussions on the March book “The True Memoirs of Little K” including: our expanded knowledge of the Russian royalty and the revolution that killed the Royal family, comparison of the book’s story to Mathilde Kschessinskaya’s actual history (the menage a trois seemed more real in historical accounts than in the book), the media representation of ballet dancers as basically competitive, conniving, self-indulgent prima donas ( in 1896 Little K was named Prima Ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theater), and, lastly, how hard Russian names are to keep track of (there were too many names mentioned in the book — I gave up on all but the main characters).

Three of us had recently seen F.W. De Clerk speak at the Meyerhoff and Janine shared additional insights from her South African family experiences. We also touched on topics as diverse as cell phones causing cancer to kids not doing what we want them to do. While we missed those who weren’t there, it was intimate and a lot of fun.

If you want to know more about the book, Esther wrote a review for Adrienne Sharp’s “The True Memoirs of Little K” published in the “Baltimore Jewish Times”.

http://www.jewishtimes.com/index.php/jewishtimes/book_reviews/

And, for more on the author, an interview with Adriennne Sharp, is available at

Conniemartinson.

(You will come to a screen, and on the right side is a list of topics.  Click on “The True Memoirs of Little K”)

March 8, 2011

This Month’s Book: The True Memoirs Of Little K

Filed under: The True Memoirs of Little K — susanbright @ 4:53 pm

If you are reading this month’s book, The True Memoirs of Little K, you may be interested in seeing what the real Mathilde Kschessinska, or Little K, looked like. I know that I was!

Mathilde Kschessinskaya costumed for the title role in Petipa's La Camargo. St. Petersburg, circa 1902.

Mathilde Kschessinskaya was born in 1872 and in 1896 was named Prima Ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theater. Scandal seemed to follow her wherever she went. When she was 17 years old she was involved with the future Tsar Nicholas II and it was Nicholas or as she called him Niki that gave her the nickname of Little K. Their affair went on for three years and ended when Nicholas married Princess Alix, with whom he had been in love with since he was a young boy.  After a Menage a trois with two Grand Dukes of the Romanov family Mathilde  gave birth to her only son, Vovo. Vovo never knew for certain who his father was.  Mathilde Kschessinskaya’s autobiography entitled Dancing in St. Petersburg: The Memoirs of Kschessinska was published in 1960. She died at the age of 99.

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February 19, 2011

The True Memoirs of Little K

Filed under: The True Memoirs of Little K — Esther @ 2:46 pm

Please visit the following link for an interview with Adriennne Sharp, author of this month’s book, “The True Memoirs of Little K” :

Conniemartinson.

You will come to a screen, and on the right side is a list of topics.  Click on “The True Memoirs of Little K”

February 15, 2011

This Month’s Book: The True Memoirs Of Little K By Adrienne Sharp

Filed under: The True Memoirs of Little K — susanbright @ 3:15 pm

“My name is Mathilde Kschessinska, and I was the greatest Russian ballerina on the imperial stages. But the world I was born to, the world I was bred for is gone, and all the players in it are also gone……………

And so begins, Adrienne Sharp’s latest book, The True Memoirs of Little K, told in the voice of 100 year old Mathilde Kschessinska, prima ballerina of the Tsars Russian Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg.  Mathilde Kschessinska was born in Ligova, Russia in 1872.  She studied at the St Petersburg Imperial Ballet School with Ivanov, Johansson and Cecchetti.  At the age of 17, Mathilde was chosen from amongst the beautiful young women of the ballet as mistress to Tsarevich (a title given to the son the czar) Nicholes Romanov. Now, exiled to Paris, Mathilde Kscessinskas looks back on her life and sits down to record her memories. 

 Please join us in reading this month’s book, The True Memoirs of Little K, and learning about the scandalous life of Mathilde Kschessinska as well as the fascinating world of ballet.

January 15, 2011

The True Memoirs Of Little K

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The True Memoirs of Little K — Esther @ 9:59 am

The book review that I recently wrote for Adrienne Sharp’s “The True Memoirs of Little K” was recently published in the “Baltimore Jewish Times”.  Please check it out:

http://www.jewishtimes.com/index.php/jewishtimes/book_reviews/

November 17, 2010

The True Memoirs of Little K

I was so excited to see that Oprah.com had chosen “The True Memoirs of Little K” by Adrienne Sharp as one of the 10 books for fall, 2010, that they were excited about!

http://www.oprah.com/book/The-True-Memoirs-of-Little-K-by-Adrienne-Sharp?editors_pick_id=26702

Why was I excited?  Adrienne Sharp was my very best friend when I was growing up.  I was so looking forward to reading this new novel.  I knew from Adrienne that she had spent over two years researching this piece of historical fiction, but nothing could have prepared me for the extent to which she brought history alive on its pages!

“The True Memoirs of Little K” is the story of Mathilde Kschessinska, a prima ballerina who was the mistress of Tsar Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia.  (You may recognize his name from the great love story, “Nicholas and Alexandra”).  This sweeping saga is narrated by Kschessinska, or Little K, which is what the tsar, or Niki, as she referred to him, called her.  Kschessinska, at the age of 99, prepares to write her memoirs.  As she reminisces, the grandeur of the Romanov Empire and the turmoil of the Revolution unfolds before us.  From the stages of the Russian Ballet, to the grandeur of St. Petersburg, to the courts of the Russian royalty, the reader is given a history lesson that is disguised as a love story.  The novel introduces us to the fascinating characters of Tsar Nicholas and Empress Alexandra, to that mysterious monk, Rasputin.  We meet Lenin as a young revolutionary, Karensky, Trotsky, even the young Anna Pavlova.

Not only is this a fascinating story, totally engrossing, that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next, but the language with which it is written is absolutely beautiful.  I think that we’ll be hearing a lot about this book in the coming months.  If you like historical fiction, you will LOVE “The True Memoirs of Little K”.  Read it and let us know what you think!

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