Month: January 2016

Month in Review: January 2016

Posted January 31, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 14 Comments
Month in Review: January 2016

Book of the Month I usually hesitate to say “this is a book everyone should read,” but with Just Mercy I will. It’s a deeply moving account of the staggering travesties of justice that occur in our country, and of the humanity that nevertheless struggles to survive within the system. I happened to finish it […]

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In Brief: Three from the Theatre

Posted January 29, 2016 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
In Brief: Three from the Theatre

As I was in search of light reading over the holidays, I grabbed a few random books off my shelf that turned out to share a common theatrical theme. I’m always fascinated by backstage stories, and for a few days it was a pleasure to get to vicariously share in the thrill of putting on […]

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Back to the Classics Challenge

Posted January 27, 2016 by Lory in challenges / 16 Comments
Back to the Classics Challenge

I enjoyed the Back to the Classics challenge so much last year, I’m back for more this year! I’ll be trying again for all twelve categories. I’ve attempted to find titles that fit into my own Reading New England challenge (indicated with NE in parentheses), as well knocking off some of my Classics Club list. […]

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Margery Sharp Day: The Gipsy in the Parlour

Posted January 25, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Margery Sharp Day: The Gipsy in the Parlour

Margery Sharp, The Gipsy in the Parlour (1953) Hooray, it’s Margery Sharp Day! This event, formerly hosted at Fleur in Her World and now at Beyond Eden Rock, introduced me to a delightful but sadly overlooked author of the mid-twentieth century. I’m glad that Jane is once more celebrating Margery Sharp’s birthday by offering this […]

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Link Love: January 2016

Posted January 24, 2016 by Lory in links / 12 Comments
Link Love: January 2016

Review of the Month: The Song Collector This month I was intrigued by a review at The Captive Reader that expresses appreciation for seeing an author come through with the best she is capable of, even after some not-so-successful attempts. I hadn’t heard of Natasha Solomons but I’ll definitely be seeking her out now. Here […]

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Reading New England: A Separate Peace

Posted January 22, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
Reading New England: A Separate Peace

John Knowles, A Separate Peace (1959) Like many other adolescents, I was assigned A Separate Peace to read when I was in my early teens. Adults seem to think that a novel about teenagers in a school must necessarily be good for teenagers to read in school. For me, however, the plan backfired — I […]

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Literary Pilgrimages: Yankee Publishing

Posted January 19, 2016 by Lory in places, publishers / 8 Comments
Literary Pilgrimages: Yankee Publishing

As I was planning Reading New England, a year of celebrating regional books, authors, and publishers, I immediately thought it would be marvelous to visit an iconic regional publisher that happens to be located half an hour’s drive from me: Yankee Publishing in Dublin, New Hampshire. Founded 80 years ago with the start of Yankee […]

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Do you write reviews?

Posted January 17, 2016 by Lory in discussions / 46 Comments
Do you write reviews?

Even though I call them “reviews” for categorization purposes, I don’t think that’s really the right name for most of the posts I write on this blog. To my mind a review is an evaluative assessment of a book, generally a newly released or newly available book, created for the purpose of advising consumers in […]

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Escape into Summer: My Family and Other Animals

Posted January 15, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 7 Comments
Escape into Summer: My Family and Other Animals

Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals (1956) If cold and darkness are getting you down, I have a prescription for you: Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals, an excellent antidote for the winter doldrums. The third of the delightful Slightly Foxed Editions that I’ve been pleased to review recently, it’s an artfully crafted, […]

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A Perfect Day for Books: ALA Midwinter

Posted January 12, 2016 by Lory in events / 18 Comments
A Perfect Day for Books: ALA Midwinter

Last weekend, on a foggy, rainy Sunday morning, I took the two-hour trek to Boston for the midwinter meeting of the American Library Association. Not being a librarian myself, I just wanted to visit the exhibit hall and meet a couple of other attendees, notably librarian/blogger Katie from Bookish Illuminations (who was the one who […]

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