Month: May 2016

New Release Review: The Children

Posted May 31, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: The Children

Ann Leary, The Children (2016) Ann Leary’s new novel caught my eye largely because of its Connecticut setting, as I’ve been looking for representatives from that state for my Reading New England challenge. And the setting — a slowly disintegrating lakeside estate, situated near an insular town and private school — is indeed very important […]

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Month in Review: May 2016

Posted May 29, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 20 Comments
Month in Review: May 2016

Book of the Month It’s hard to ignore the pull of Jane Steele, Lyndsay Faye’s vivaciously dark riff on a theme from Jane Eyre. Reader, I loved it! But there was a lot of other great reading this month as well, not to mention two fun blogging events, one online and one in person. Read […]

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Reading New England: Hidden View

Posted May 27, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Reading New England: Hidden View

Brett Ann Stanciu, Hidden View (2015) If you’re tired of seeing the same books from the same big-name publishers hyped everywhere, and would like to discover some quality under-the-radar fiction that not everyone knows about, I have got something for you. Hidden View by Brett Ann Stanciu is a true hidden gem, a novel with […]

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New England Book Blogger Meetup

Posted May 25, 2016 by Lory in personal, places / 11 Comments
New England Book Blogger Meetup

As winter drew to a close, and it started to be possible to make social plans without fearing they would be cancelled by bad weather, I thought it might be fun to try to get together with some local book bloggers. The Boston literary district seemed a logical place for such a meeting, and so […]

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New England Publisher Spotlight: Green Writers Press

Posted May 22, 2016 by Lory in interviews, publishers / 0 Comments
New England Publisher Spotlight: Green Writers Press

Today, I’m delighted to present an interview with Dede Cummings, publisher of Green Writers Press, a small publishing company based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Dede founded Green Writers Press in 2014, dedicated to spreading environmental awareness by publishing authors who proliferate messages of hope and renewal through place-based writing and environmental activism. In the past three […]

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Link Love: May 2016

Posted May 15, 2016 by Lory in links / 14 Comments
Link Love: May 2016

Review of the Month I’ve had Daniel Kehlmann’s Measuring the World on my radar for some time now, but three reviews in one week (from Lizzy’s Literary Life, My Book Strings and Consumed by Ink) have convinced me that I really should read it soon. It sounds like a brilliant fictional treatment of a fascinating […]

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Armchair BEA: Giveaway Day

Posted May 14, 2016 by Lory in giveaways / 21 Comments
Armchair BEA: Giveaway Day

It’s Giveaway Day at Armchair BEA! This year, I’m delighted to be able to offer a new release that’s a perfect tie-in to my own Reading New England challenge. From the publisher’s decription: The Children is the mesmerizing story of a wealthy, but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of Charlotte, a reclusive […]

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Armchair BEA: Beyond the Books

Posted May 13, 2016 by Lory in discussions, events / 25 Comments
Armchair BEA: Beyond the Books

Today’s Armchair BEA topic is “Beyond the Books” — What are your favorite alternative forms for experiencing literature? I think the focus is supposed to be on webcomics, graphic novels, and so on, but this question got me thinking about some of the great theater productions I have seen over the years, several of which […]

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