From understanding to action: The Art of Waging Peace

Posted February 25, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
From understanding to action: The Art of Waging Peace

Paul K. Chappell, The Art of Waging Peace (2013) After reading seven books to understand Trump’s win, I knew there still remained much to understand, but I was also hankering for some ways to enact positive change. I turned to a book that was recommended by a friend soon after the 2016 elections: The Art of […]

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Classics Club: Herland

Posted February 18, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Classics Club: Herland

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (1915) Herland is a thought experiment: what if there were a society on earth composed entirely of women? How would it develop? What would it achieve? And what would happen if and when it encountered the world of men again? This is the premise put forth by Gilman, a prominent sociologist […]

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I’m on the Ruminate Blog

Posted February 15, 2018 by Lory in elsewhere / 18 Comments
I’m on the Ruminate Blog

Ruminate Magazine is a wonderful publication I’ve recently discovered, which explores the creative and contemplative aspects of life through fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. I’m honored that a book review of mine was accepted as a guest post on the Ruminate Blog! You can check out my review of The Sixth Extinction there today.  I […]

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What books do you want to read this year?

Posted February 11, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 24 Comments
What books do you want to read this year?

Even though I’m in the midst of a three-month book acquisition ban (that means no buying, no review copy requests, and no library checkouts) I can still dream of the books I would like to read that are not already on my shelves! A couple of years ago I made a list of ten books […]

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You made me read it: The Art Forger

Posted February 7, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
You made me read it: The Art Forger

B. A. Shapiro, The Art Forger (2012) For my blog anniversary this year, I celebrated with a Make Me Read It giveaway, meaning the winner got to select a book from my TBR pile for both of us to read. Congratulations to R-J, who chose to receive a copy of The Art Forger, which I […]

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Month in Review: January 2018

Posted February 4, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 36 Comments
Month in Review: January 2018

This month I started the Les Miserables Chapter-a-day Readalong, an experiment in “slow reading” that I’m enjoying very much. It’s sometimes hard to resist continuing to the next chapter when the action gets exciting, but it’s not difficult at all to complete one chapter per day – they’re usually very brief. I look forward to […]

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What’s saving my life this winter

Posted February 2, 2018 by Lory in personal / 42 Comments
What’s saving my life this winter

I discovered this link-up (hosted by Modern Mrs. Darcy) via Wendy’s post at Falconer’s Library. What a great topic to explore in this difficult month – here’s what rolled off the top of my head. 1. Poetry – After a long hiatus, I’ve been feeling inspired to write poetry lately. Probably nothing that’s ready for […]

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New release review: Stellar stories from Tachyon

Posted January 31, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
New release review: Stellar stories from Tachyon

This season, three fantasy masters have story collections out from Tachyon Publications — a splendid opportunity to feast yourself on a rich assortment of weird, funny, whimsical, lyrical, dark, thought-provoking tales that beautifully explore the full range of our imaginative landscape. If any of these are among your favorite authors, you will surely want to […]

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New Release Review: Walking with Our Children

Posted January 28, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
New Release Review: Walking with Our Children

Nancy Blanning, Walking with Our Children (2017) Purchase Walking with Our Children from the WECAN bookstore, and you’ll benefit a wonderful organization. The book is also available on Amazon. During the ten years I served as managing editor for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), I had the privilege of working with […]

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Classics Club Spin: Don Quixote, Part I

Posted January 24, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
Classics Club Spin: Don Quixote, Part I

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part I (1605) For the last Classics Club spin book, I drew Don Quixote, which I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time. I did read an abridged version in high school, but I remember absolutely nothing about it except the Quentin Blake drawing on the cover. (Does anyone […]

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