Month: September 2016

New Release Review: Marrow

Posted September 30, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
New Release Review: Marrow

Elizabeth Lesser, Marrow (2016) What are the ties that bind us as human beings? Can our thoughts and feelings influence our bodily well-being, even that of another person? How does releasing personal hurt, anger, and misunderstanding bring healing to our relationships and the world? When confronted with loss, betrayal, and death, can we learn to […]

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Reading New England: Swim That Rock

Posted September 27, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Reading New England: Swim That Rock

John Rocco and Jay Primiano, Swim That Rock (Candlewick, 2014) Swim That Rock focuses largely on the most notable feature of Rhode Island’s geography: its coastline (which, as I mentioned in my state preview, covers almost 400 miles in a state less than 40 miles wide). And it dwells in loving detail on one of […]

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Month in Review: September 2016

Posted September 25, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 20 Comments
Month in Review: September 2016

Book of the Month As usual, whenever I make a list (in this case Top ten back to school books for Top Ten Tuesday), I end up having to do a lot of rereading — either to confirm titles I want on the list, or just because thinking about them makes me want to read […]

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New Release Review: Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Posted September 23, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Amy Stewart, Lady Cop Makes Trouble (2016) The second entry in Amy Stewart’s historical mystery series based on the real-life Kopp sisters is as compulsively readable and effortlessly enjoyable as the first. Constance Kopp has become the first female deputy sheriff in New Jersey — or thinks she has. But politics and a devious criminal […]

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A fiber interlude

Posted September 20, 2016 by Lory in crafts / 12 Comments
A fiber interlude

I know that many of us readers are also knitters, but so far I haven’t really talked about my knitting life on this blog. I’ve never been good about recording my knitting and spinning projects, but recently I was suddenly inspired to enter some of them on Ravelry. If you are a Raveler, you can […]

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New Release Review: The House by the Lake

Posted September 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Release Review: The House by the Lake

Thomas Harding, The House by the Lake (2016) Though it focuses on a single location — a simple lakeside house built by a prosperous Berlin doctor as a family retreat — this book takes us on a tour of an astonishingly volatile period in German history. As if in a time-lapse film, we watch what […]

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Bookstores of New England

Posted September 13, 2016 by Lory in places / 12 Comments
Bookstores of New England

Wherever I go in my travels, I try to visit local independent bookstores. And for Reading New England, I wanted to especially feature some of the fantastic stores in our region, which I’m still exploring. I turned to my fellow bloggers to give some suggestions, and they came through with a great selection. Of my […]

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How do you attract more followers?

Posted September 11, 2016 by Lory in discussions / 44 Comments
How do you attract more followers?

This post was inspired by Jennifer of Holds Upon Happiness, and her Thoughts Upon One Year of Blogging. Jennifer said, I haven’t acquired hundreds and thousands of followers.  It is much harder than I thought to get people to read my ramblings. I knew I wouldn’t instantly have a huge number of followers but I […]

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New Release Review: Looking for Betty MacDonald

Posted September 9, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: Looking for Betty MacDonald

Paula Becker, Looking for Betty MacDonald (2016) Shortly after I included Betty MacDonald in a post about funny female authors, this book landed in my mailbox. I was delighted to explore MacDonald’s life and work through Paula Becker’s thoughtful, painstakingly researched biography, and even more thrilled to see that University of Washington Press is going […]

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