Month: June 2014

The Magic of Friendship: Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

Posted June 27, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
The Magic of Friendship: Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

E.L. Konigsburg, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (1967) Realizing that I’ve read many, but not all, of E.L. Konigsburg’s fantastically-titled novels, I’ve decided to try to read all fourteen of them in publication order…no deadline. If you’ve any interest in reading along, let me know! First up is Jennifer, Hecate (etc.), a […]

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Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part Two

Posted June 20, 2014 by Lory in design / 8 Comments
Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part Two

This is Part Two of my series covering different illustrated editions of the six novels of Jane Austen. For Part One, click here. My earliest Austen acquisition was the 2007 Folio Society edition of Emma, illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat, which I purchased as part of my membership renewal. This is one of three matching Austen […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten TBR Books This Summer

Posted June 17, 2014 by Lory in lists / 17 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten TBR Books This Summer

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, here are ten books I want to read this summer. 1-3. Old Filth Trilogy by Jane Gardam: Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, and Last Friends With the third volume out now, I’m due for a reread of the […]

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Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part One

Posted June 13, 2014 by Lory in design / 8 Comments
Beautiful Books: Picturing Jane Austen, Part One

In my book collecting this year, I went a little nuts. I already owned Jane Austen’s Emma in the most recent Folio Society edition (illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat), but a few months ago the FS published a new edition of Pride and Prejudice with fabulous illustrations by Elena and Anna Balbusso and I just had […]

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Out of the Gutter: Smith

Posted June 6, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Out of the Gutter: Smith

Leon Garfield, Smith: The Story of a Pickpocket (1967) But there was great determination in him. Each fresh disaster he endured seemed to strengthen his bond with the document…and whatever it might contain. In a way, it seemed to be payment in advance. “Dickensian” is a word freely tossed about in describing a certain strain […]

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My life in bookstores

Posted June 4, 2014 by Lory in personal / 10 Comments
My life in bookstores

Robin McKinley’s author bio in her early books used to say that she kept track of her life according to what she was was reading in various locations; she traveled around quite a bit as a child because her father was in the navy. I didn’t have such an exotic upbringing, but I find that […]

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