New Release Review: Jean Vanier: Portrait of a Free Man

Posted August 11, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 1 Comment
New Release Review: Jean Vanier: Portrait of a Free Man

Anne-Sophie Constant: Jean Vanier: Portrait of a Free Man (2019) When I was living in a community with adults with developmental disabilities, one of my colleagues told me he had been inspired to take up this work by the writings of Jean Vanier, founder of the international L’Arche movement. I was intrigued, because I had […]

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Month in Review: July 2019

Posted August 4, 2019 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 17 Comments
Month in Review: July 2019

The big news this month was that my books arrived! I have now a far reduced collection compared to what I had in the States, but it feels good to whittle down to essentials. In the summer sometimes I feel like reading mysteries, though, and I didn’t have much on hand. If I want to […]

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Summer Shorts

Posted July 28, 2019 by Lory in brief reviews / 11 Comments
Summer Shorts

My attention span this month is not up to long reviews, but I did read some notable books  that I’d like to mention at least briefly. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood Going in with high expectations for this generally acclaimed retelling of The Tempest, I found it disappointing. Re-setting Shakespeare’s tale of captivity, revenge, and freedom […]

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How do you remember what you read?

Posted July 21, 2019 by Lory in discussions / 35 Comments
How do you remember what you read?

  Reading is one thing, but remembering is something else. I love the experience of reading while I’m in it, but sometimes I wish the results were not so ephemeral. There are so many times a title is called to mind and I think “I know I read that — but I don’t remember anything […]

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Don Quixote, Part II: The End

Posted July 14, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Don Quixote, Part II: The End

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part II (1615) Though I did not stick very well to my chapter-a-day intention, by reading in fits and starts I have finished Don Quixote. When I last checked in, I was in the middle of Part II; Don Quixote and Sancho Panza were being deceived by their aristocratic hosts, […]

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Month in Review: June 2019

Posted July 7, 2019 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 14 Comments
Month in Review: June 2019

This month I still had hardly any time to read, but I did finish one chunkster that I’ve been working on for a long time (Don Quixote), and made time for one short novel that I’ve been meaning to read forever (Hag-Seed). Alas, neither was quite as marvelous as I’d been expecting from their great […]

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Robertson Davies Reading Week is coming!

Posted June 30, 2019 by Lory in events / 22 Comments
Robertson Davies Reading Week is coming!

So, now that I’ve gotten somewhat settled in my new home, I can spare time to think about my upcoming event: Robertson Davies Reading Week! I’m thrilled to finally be giving some extra attention to one of my favorite authors, along with several blogging friends who have kindly agreed to do guest posts or to […]

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Five years of the Classics Club

Posted June 23, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 36 Comments
Five years of the Classics Club

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since I joined the Classics Club, with the goal of reading 50 classics from my self-defined list in that time. Well, it’s been a wonderful part of my blogging life and I am so grateful for all the books I’ve encountered through this project. I did not […]

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Literary Pilgrimages: Salem, Mass.

Posted June 16, 2019 by Lory in places / 21 Comments
Literary Pilgrimages: Salem, Mass.

As I prepare to leave New England, at least for the time being, there are lots of places I still haven’t visited and would like to. So I’m making an effort to do some of these long-deferred trips, even if it means putting off some other important tasks. One of these places is Salem, Massachusetts, […]

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New Release Review: The Heart’s Necessities

Posted June 9, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
New Release Review: The Heart’s Necessities

Jane Tyson Clement with Becca Stevens, The Heart’s Necessities (Plough, 2018) The Heart’s Necessities is a book with at least four layers. The foundation layer is a selection of poems by Jane Tyson Clement, written over a period of more than fifty years and mostly unpublished during the poet’s life. Each section of poems, arranged […]

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