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New Release Review: A Man of Genius

Posted June 3, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
New Release Review: A Man of Genius

Janet Todd, A Man of Genius (2016) What happens when an eminent scholar and biographer turns her hand to fiction? In the case of Janet Todd’s A Man of Genius, we get a highly distinctive, engrossing tale of mystery and madness, centering on a woman writer of one of those “horrid books” that were so […]

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Gems of 2016

Posted December 27, 2016 by Lory in lists / 31 Comments
Gems of 2016

It’s always interesting to look back over the last twelve months and think about which books have really stayed with me. Here are some of my favorite reads from this year, to which I’ve awarded the Emerald City Book Review Gem. Check out Top Ten Tuesday for many more lists (I couldn’t stick to just […]

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Month in Review: June 2016

Posted June 26, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 25 Comments
Month in Review: June 2016

Book of the Month This month is the first time I think I’ve reviewed four new releases in a row (other than in brief overviews). And it was an unusually fine group of them too — some of my favorite books of the year so far. I wasn’t blown away by most of my other […]

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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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ECBR Gems

Posted May 15, 2015 by Lory in / 2 Comments
ECBR Gems

The Emerald City Book Review Gem is awarded to my favorite books of the year in various genres and categories. (Note that books were read and reviewed, but not necessarily published in the year indicated.) Click on each title to be taken to my original review. 2016 Gems 2016 releases: Adult fiction – The Summer […]

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New Release Review: The Essex Serpent

Posted June 16, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent (2016) Perhaps because the nineteenth century saw the rise of the novel as a literary form, giving us an unprecedented number of imagined narratives about daily life and relationships, there’s a particular fascination in trying to go “behind the curtain” of the period and discern what the Victorians did NOT […]

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Elizabeth Goudge Day Wrap-up

Posted May 1, 2016 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Day Wrap-up

Thank you to all who joined me in celebrating Elizabeth Goudge’s birthday last Sunday, April 24. Whether you read a book in her honor, posted your own review, or just enjoyed the contributions of others, I’m so glad we got to take this day to celebrate an author who has fallen out of fashion, but […]

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Reading New England: Our Town

Posted April 15, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 3 Comments
Reading New England: Our Town

Thornton Wilder, Our Town (1938) The 1938 Club is a week-long blogging event that encourages everyone to read and post about books published in that particular year.  Do check it out! It’s so interesting to see what came out in that twelve-month span, including some very well-known titles and some nearly forgotten today. Thanks to […]

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Literary Pilgrimages: Emily Dickinson’s House

Posted December 8, 2015 by Lory in places / 20 Comments
Literary Pilgrimages: Emily Dickinson’s House

This visit was made in anticipation of next year’s challenge, Reading New England. To learn more and sign up, click on the link. In Amherst, Massachusetts stands the house where Emily Dickinson lived during most her life and wrote much of her incredible poetry. It’s now a museum where you can see some of the […]

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The Immortality of Love: Little Women

Posted December 19, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
The Immortality of Love: Little Women

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868-9)   What makes Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women immortal, when as a nineteenth-century moral story for the young it should properly have been forgotten long ago? A portion of the reading population might like to forget it, as Elaine Showalter points out in her illuminating introduction to my Penguin […]

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