Month: November 2014

In the Kingdom of Ice (Nonfiction November Review)

Posted November 28, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
In the Kingdom of Ice (Nonfiction November Review)

Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice (2014) For my third and final Nonfiction November title (following One Summer: America 1927 and Empty Mansions), I thought it would be interesting to delve into American history once more. This time, upon recommendations by many including Books on the Table, I chose In the Kingdom of Ice, […]

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Nonfiction November: New to my TBR list

Posted November 24, 2014 by Lory in events, lists / 22 Comments
Nonfiction November: New to my TBR list

I have really enjoyed participating in Nonfiction November, thanks to the four wonderful bloggers who hosted it (see below for the weekly topics). I think of myself as a fiction reader and have never particularly sought out non-fiction, although I pick it up when something that looks interesting happens to come my way. This month, […]

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Empty Mansions (Nonfiction November Review)

Posted November 21, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Empty Mansions (Nonfiction November Review)

Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr., Empty Mansions (2013)   This is a story about money: about the winning of a great American fortune, its spending on acts of  generosity and selfishness, and its end in the hands of eager lawyers and rapacious relatives. It’s also the story of an enigmatic woman, Huguette Clark, […]

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Library Loot: November 19

Posted November 19, 2014 by Lory in lists / 10 Comments
Library Loot: November 19

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire of The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share books they’ve checked out from the library.  If you’d like to participate, check out those blogs on Wednesdays to link up your post. This week the linky is here. In the […]

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One Summer: America 1927 (Nonfiction November Review)

Posted November 14, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
One Summer: America 1927 (Nonfiction November Review)

Bill Bryson, One Summer: America 1927 (2013) A historical timeline entry for May-October, 1927 might read something like this: Floods devastate the Mississippi valley Charles Lindbergh makes first solo flight across the Atlantic Sacco and Vanzetti executed Calvin Coolidge declines to run for another term as president The Jazz Singer filmed Babe Ruth hits a […]

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Nonfiction November

Posted November 7, 2014 by Lory in brief reviews / 28 Comments
Nonfiction November

After an intense week of immersion in fantasy fiction for Witch Week, it’s time for something different! So this month, I’m joining in Nonfiction November, hosted by I’m Lost in Books, Regular Rumination, Sophisticated Dorkiness, and Doing Dewey. I hope this event will inspire me to read and post more about non-fiction, as well as […]

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Witch Week Summary, Giveaway Winner, and 2015 Preview

Posted November 6, 2014 by Lory in events / 3 Comments
Witch Week Summary, Giveaway Winner, and 2015 Preview

It’s the final day of Witch Week at the Emerald City Book Review, and I’d like to say a giant THANK YOU to everyone who participated, first and foremost our five guest bloggers: Ana, Kristen, Jenny, Cheryl, and Chris. Your contributions were a daily joy! For easy reference, here they are again: Ana on Fire […]

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Witch Week Day Six: Readalong of Witch Week

Posted November 5, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Witch Week Day Six: Readalong of Witch Week

UK paperback, Mammoth We’ve arrived at the fifth of November, known as Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night in the UK, and the last day of Witch Week according to the book of that title by Diana Wynne Jones — which, appropriately, has been our readalong selection for this event. This being the first time I’ve […]

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Witch Week Day Five: Deep Secret (Guest Post)

Posted November 4, 2014 by Lory in events, reviews / 10 Comments
Witch Week Day Five: Deep Secret (Guest Post)

UK Hardcover, Gollancz Throughout this week, we’ve been considering how the power of storytelling in all its forms — folklore, myths, ballads, fairy tales — underlies and informs the writing of Diana Wynne Jones. Today’s book, Deep Secret (1997), is centered around perhaps the most profound and fundamental form of word-magic there is: the nursery […]

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Witch Week Day Four: The Spellcoats (Guest Post)

Posted November 3, 2014 by Lory in events, reviews / 11 Comments
Witch Week Day Four: The Spellcoats (Guest Post)

UK Paperback, Mammoth Diana Wynne Jones did not often write “series” books, and nor did she write many in a first person voice. But she did both with The Spellcoats (1979), third of the linked sequence of four books set in the vaguely Netherlandish land of Dalemark.  As is typical of DWJ, this series doesn’t […]

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