Month: November 2015

Month in Review: November 2015

Posted November 29, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 20 Comments
Month in Review: November 2015

This month was all about Witch Week for me, so do please check out the wrap-up post to see if you missed anything. I’m so grateful to everyone who participated, and looking forward already to next year. I was excited to announce a new challenge I’m hosting for 2016: Reading New England. I hope you’ll […]

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Defense against the Dark Arts: Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill

Posted November 27, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
Defense against the Dark Arts: Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill

Otfried Preussler, Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill (1971) My second German Literature month pick was a classic fantasy from the splendid-as-always New York Review Children’s Collection. I found it a fascinating and highly skillful variation on the themes of traditional folklore, playing with motifs of power, entrapment, love, sacrifice, and freedom. Krabat is an urchin […]

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Pictures in the Mind: Country Boy

Posted November 25, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
Pictures in the Mind: Country Boy

Richard Hillyer, Country Boy (1966) With their small size and brightly colored cloth covers, Slightly Foxed Editions resemble jewels in book form, a literary treasure chest. And here is treasure indeed. Each book contains a memoir of a singular individual, revealing many facets of human nature in all its richness and complexity. Most are reprints, […]

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Living in the Mystery: The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

Posted November 23, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Living in the Mystery: The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

Jack Zipes, editor/translator, The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse (1995) While Witch Week was going on, I was reading a collection of Hermann Hesse’s short fiction that in some way references the fairy tale tradition (doing double duty for German Literature Month). I loved The Glass Bead Game when I read it years ago, and […]

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Link Love: November 2015

Posted November 22, 2015 by Lory in links / 10 Comments
Link Love: November 2015

  Review of the Month: The Middle Window My favorite review this month had to be the one in which Simon of Stuck in a Book fought his “natural aversion to historical fiction” to find at least partial pleasure in a novel most readers — even fans of the author — detest. I love it […]

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In Brief: Fabulous Fall Releases

Posted November 20, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
In Brief: Fabulous Fall Releases

All right, I’m a little late in the game since December is almost upon us, but I couldn’t let the year end without recommending some of the new releases I’ve read in the last few months. Whether you’re in the mood for a fast-paced tale of wolves and adventure for young readers, a genre-bending fantasy […]

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Reading New England: A 2016 reading challenge

Posted November 15, 2015 by Lory in challenges / 58 Comments
Reading New England: A 2016 reading challenge

For the official sign-up post and more information, click here Today I’m excited to announce the launch of an idea I’ve been mulling over for some time: Reading New England, a year-long challenge intended to draw attention to the wonderful writers and books of the six New England states, along with publishers, booksellers, literary locations, […]

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Review and Giveaway: The Folio Book of Ghost Stories

Posted November 13, 2015 by Lory in giveaways / 36 Comments
Review and Giveaway: The Folio Book of Ghost Stories

Congratulations to the winners of the Witch Week giveaway, Nicole (Bitter Greens) and Fadi (The Bloody Chamber)! I know you will love these wonderful books and am so grateful to the publishers for making it possible to send them to you. And I’m even more grateful that The Folio Society is making it possible for […]

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Goddesses in Every Woman: The Constant Nymph

Posted November 11, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
Goddesses in Every Woman: The Constant Nymph

Margaret Kennedy, The Constant Nymph (1924) Last month saw the birth of a wonderful event called The 1924 Club, which encouraged reading and posting about books published in that year. The result was a marvelous mix of titles familiar and obscure, from many different genres, giving an eclectic and sometimes eccentric snapshot of the literary […]

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