Away in Quebec

Posted July 26, 2016 by Lory in announcements, blog housekeeping / 3 Comments
Away in Quebec

And now I’m off for a week visiting friends in Quebec — including a jaunt to Quebec City, setting of one of my favorite books from last year, Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather. Of course, I need to reread that now… Things will be a bit slow around here for a while, what […]

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Link Love

Posted July 24, 2016 by Lory in links / 4 Comments
Link Love

Review of the Month This month, I had to pick a review that simply made me laugh: Jenny’s hilarious tear-down of The Little Paris Bookshop at Shelf Love. There’s no accounting for taste, as this has been an international bestseller with some rave reviews — but I think I’m going to trust Jenny’s opinion and […]

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Posted July 18, 2016 by Lory in lists / 28 Comments
It’s Monday! What are you reading?

This is my first time taking part in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by The Book Date, a popular meme that many bloggers I follow participate in. Kathryn of TBD is my partner for the July Comment Challenge, which inspired me to finally join in the fun. Three Men in a Boat is […]

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Literary Pilgrimages: Washington DC

Posted July 17, 2016 by Lory in places / 6 Comments
Literary Pilgrimages: Washington DC

As promised, here are a few pictures from my recent trip to Washington, DC. On the first day we visited Washington National Cathedral, where I sang 32 years ago on a choir tour. It was as beautiful and impressive as I remembered, with amazing stained glass windows (fortunately undamaged by the recent earthquake) that depict […]

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Away in Washington

Posted July 12, 2016 by Lory in announcements, blog housekeeping / 22 Comments
Away in Washington

Just letting you know I’m away for a few days visiting family in Washington, DC. It’s been a long time since I was there, and I’m excited to see some literary landmarks: the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Kennedy Center are on my list, and I also want to hit some […]

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Do we need genres?

Posted July 10, 2016 by Lory in discussions / 42 Comments
Do we need genres?

An earlier version of this question was about the definition of science fiction / fantasy / speculative fiction, but then Falling Letters beat me to it with this well-expressed post. And then from The Worm Hole came the question of whether translated fiction should be considered a genre. This got me thinking about genre classifications […]

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Reading New England: Ethan Frome

Posted July 8, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 30 Comments
Reading New England: Ethan Frome

Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome (1911) After reading one of the funniest books ever (according to multiple top ten lists, anyway), I moved on to what has to be one of the most depressing books of all time: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I am SO glad that I was not made to read it in […]

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Top Ten Funniest Books by Women

Posted July 5, 2016 by Lory in lists / 30 Comments
Top Ten Funniest Books by Women

When I was writing my review of Lucky Jim, one of the most acclaimed comic novels of all time, I looked around to see what else was included on lists of the funniest books. I found that they were heavily dominated by male writers; this one from AbeBooks, for example, was chosen by British readers […]

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