Month: June 2015

Death in Venice: The Aspern Papers

Posted June 30, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
Death in Venice: The Aspern Papers

Henry James, The Aspern Papers (1888) Henry James and I have not gotten along in the past. When I was compelled to read The Turn of the Screw in school, I was completely befuddled. Then I heard from other readers that James’s writing was convoluted or impenetrable, and I wasn’t interested in trying to break […]

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Month in Review: June 2015

Posted June 28, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 28 Comments
Month in Review: June 2015

It feels like a lot happened this month! Along with a ton of fantastic reading, I made the big jump to self-hosted WordPress from Blogger. I still have a lot of things to figure out, but I’m getting there. I’m sad that I seem to have lost some Feedly and Blogger followers. I don’t have […]

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New Release Review: The Fellowship

Posted June 26, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
New Release Review: The Fellowship

Carol Zaleski and Philip Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings (2015)   Love them or hate them — and there are large camps on both sides — it’s undeniable that CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien have had a huge impact on the imaginative landscape of the last century. Where did their tales […]

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Author Guest Post: The Lover’s Path

Posted June 24, 2015 by Lory in blog tours, design, reviews / 6 Comments
Author Guest Post: The Lover’s Path

Hard on the heels of the Dante-inspired In a Dark Wood, I had the opportunity to join in the blog tour for The Lover’s Path, which is spreading the word about new electronic editions of a beautiful “illustrated novella of Venice” by author-artist Kris Waldherr. This atmospheric story of forbidden romance is complemented by brief […]

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New Release Review: In a Dark Wood

Posted June 22, 2015 by Lory in blog tours, reviews / 7 Comments
New Release Review: In a Dark Wood

Joseph Luzzi, In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (2015) Midway through his life’s journey, Joseph Luzzi found himself in a forest of seemingly impenetrable darkness. His pregnant wife, Katherine, had died as the result of a car accident, shortly after delivering their daughter Isabel by […]

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In the Shadow of Victoria: Three Childhood Memoirs

Posted June 21, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews / 7 Comments
In the Shadow of Victoria: Three Childhood Memoirs

Gwen Raverat, Period Piece (1952) Angela Thirkell, Three Houses (1931) Diana Holman-Hunt, My Grandmothers and I (1960) What do these three authors have in common? As well as being distinguished writers, artists and critics in their own right, they share the distinction of having famous Victorian grandfathers: Charles Darwin, Edward Burne-Jones, and William Holman-Hunt, respectively.  […]

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Once Upon a Time: The Valley of Song

Posted June 19, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
Once Upon a Time: The Valley of Song

Elizabeth Goudge, The Valley of Song (1951) Many classic children’s fantasies involve finding a hidden country through a secret door, a theme that is connected with the mysterious land we enter during sleep, before birth and after death. From Wonderland to the country at the back of the North Wind to Oz to Narnia, these […]

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My Ten Books of Summer

Posted June 16, 2015 by Lory in challenges, lists / 32 Comments
My Ten Books of Summer

  My Book Strings alerted me to this challenge, instigated by Cathy of 746 Books. It’s very simple: make a list of 10 (or 20, if you’re feeling brave) books that you want to read between June 1 and September 4. There are no other rules or incentives, making it a very self-imposed challenge. Like […]

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Once Upon a Time: The Golem and the Jinni

Posted June 12, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
Once Upon a Time: The Golem and the Jinni

Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni (2013) The Golem and the Jinni has an interesting origin story: author Helene Wecker was trying to write fiction dealing with her own Jewish heritage and that of her husband, who is of Arab descent, and finding it dead in the water. A friend said, “Helene, why are […]

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ECBR has moved…

Posted June 9, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 13 Comments
ECBR has moved…

  …to WordPress! Yes, after months of deliberating I’ve decided to move from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress. I’m really excited about the greater flexibility and expanded options this will give me, although I’m still figuring out some details and cleaning up some wonky formatting in old posts. Wish me luck. Redirects should take care of […]

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