Martha note: I wrote the following book story for npr.org. It was posted yesterday. FYI: In my opinion, on this National Read Aloud Day, the Oracle of Stamboul would be an absolutely fabulous book to read aloud to a child -- or a partner! (buying through highlighted link benefits WMRA through our Amazon partnership!)
Eleonora Cohen came into this world on a Thursday, late in the summer of 1877. Those who rose early that morning would recall noticing a flock of purple-and-white hoopoes circling above the harbor, looping and darting about as if in an attempt to mend a tear in the firmament.