|Lory in Solothurn, Switzerland|
My mother says I taught myself to read at age three. Parental exaggeration aside, I can’t imagine my life without books.
Bookish or word-related things I have done at various times include: majoring in English in college; teaching elementary school; doing a five-year training in eurythmy, a movement art that works with the spoken word as well as music; doing freelance editing and proofreading; editing and designing books for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America; and writing book and music reviews for The Green Man Review. I’ve had essays published in Parabola, Interweave Knits, LILIPOH, and the online journals Enchanted Conversation, Cabinet des Fees, and Spinning Daily.
Right now I’m employed reading my favorite stories to my eight-year-old son, who loves them as much as I do. I live in the beautiful Monadnock region of New Hampshire, where I enjoy cooking, baking, knitting, spinning, singing, and hiking, as well as reading. I’ve self-published a book about sourdough baking, which you can buy here (all proceeds go to charity).
You can contact me by leaving a comment or by sending me an email at lory [at] emeraldcitybookreview [dot] com.
|The other Emerald City|
When I was living in Seattle after college and teaching middle grades in a Montessori school, I had the idea to create a newsletter about children’s books. It would have an essay by me in each issue along with reviews by students and teachers from the area; it would be made available for free copying and distribution within their schools, and I would also make copies for distribution at local bookstores. This would create a real, tangible venue for student writing and encourage communication and collaboration between teachers. I called it The Emerald City Book Review, a nod to Seattle’s nickname and to my origins as a reader in the Land of Oz. I actually produced a couple of issues, my very first venture into desktop publishing and graphic design. Then my shyness conquered my entrepreneurial spirit and the project fizzled out. (I still think it was not a bad idea. Today it would probably be a blog, of course.)
Lo these many years later, I suddenly had the impulse to start a book blog, which I named in honor of my original publication. The new ECBR is not a children’s book review, although I find myself including many of my favorite children’s and YA books, past and present; I also read classic and contemporary literary fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, mysteries, some romance, a smidgen of science fiction, humor, biographies, nonfiction. . . basically anything except horror. This is a forum for whatever I feel like writing about that relates to books in any way. I’m not in it for free review copies, ad revenue, or anything else except the challenge and fun of expressing my thoughts. What is really rewarding is when someone else responds to something I’ve written. Thank you for taking the time to do that, if you do.
I try to do a post focused on a particular book or books each Friday, with sometimes another post of some sort during the week. I have a special love for the book as a physical object, and I try to highlight beautifully produced or well-designed books that come my way. I collect Folio Society, Heritage Press, and Limited Editions Club books when I’m lucky enough to find them at a price I can afford.
Should you wish to send me a book for review, ask me to participate in a blog tour, or do a guest post or author interview, please let me know. I may consider some e-books but print is my preferred format (ARCs or finished copies). I do not accept self-published books or dystopian, paranormal, or horror books; I reserve the right to publish mixed or negative reviews, and may choose not to review books received. Reviews will be posted within six months of receipt. I will keep or donate ARCs; I do not sell them.
I participate in the Partner program of Powell’s City of Books, and receive a small percentage for any book that you buy there through a link on the site, which I will use to buy more books from Powell’s. Support independent bookstores!