Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Babette: The Many Lives, Two Deaths and Double Kidnapping of Dr. Ellsworth

Title Babette: The Many Lives, Two Deaths and Double Kidnapping of Dr. Ellsworth

Author Ross Eliot

Release Date January 6, 2014

Tour Host Sage's Blog Tours

This narrative begins in 1998 when, in his early twenties, Ross Eliot relocates to Portland, Oregon and eventually the basement pantry of a grand house owned by Dr. Babette Ellsworth, an arcane history professor.

Her past unfolds in stories, from the 1928 kidnapping in central Washington carried out by a mysterious wealthy French woman, to life in occupied Europe during World War II with the Czarist assassin of Rasputin a frequent houseguest. The professor’s later life experiences in America only create more intrigue, from teenage prostitution to her late-life sex reassignment, involvement with the Catholic Church and connections to Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, whose cult perpetrated a notorious 1984 bio-terror attack in Oregon.

Eliot cares for Dr. Ellsworth until her death in 2002 before an entire class of students, however, the shroud covering her story has only partially raised and murkier secrets than ever suspected emerge. Part memoir, part mystery, part history lesson– this true tale binds drama from classic Greek tragedy together with revelations worthy of the most bizarre fiction. From gender and sexuality to religious theory and existential philosophy, it’s an unorthodox love saga between pupil and mentor, yet also for the city of Portland where they live.

I believe I've said it before... I'm fascinated by people. Absolutely fascinated! With this fascination comes a love for things like memoirs and biographies. So, given the opportunity to read this wonderful memoir, I just had to jump at the chance.

Babette is a wonderful memoir about the intertwining lives of the complex and mysterious woman that is Babette and her student turned caretaker, Ross. And while this story is about the two of them, I do believe Babette stole the show. I found Babette, both the person and the book, just delightful and wonderfully strange. The more I read, the harder it was to put the book down.

Though this isn't much of a review, I certainly recommend Babette to those that enjoy memoirs. I greatly enjoyed this book and believe it's worth the read.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

About Ross Eliot

Ross Eliot is a writer, roofer, auto mechanic, DJ and commercial fisherman based in Portland, Oregon and Sitka, Alaska.  He is best known as publisher and editor of the critically acclaimed counterculture gun politics magazine American Gun Culture Report from 2006-2011 and the current internet journal Occupy the 2nd Amendment.


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