Category: brief reviews

Three British imports from Candlewick

Posted June 11, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 6 Comments
Three British imports from Candlewick

I always find something I want to read in the Candlewick catalog, and among their spring/summer releases my eye was caught by three books that all turned out to have been previously published in the UK (Candlewick is part of the UK-based Walker Book Group). In other ways, though, they were quite different — not […]

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Four books to feed the spirit

Posted May 14, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews, reviews / 10 Comments
Four books to feed the spirit

Everyone has an individual way of dealing with all the bad things going on in the world. For me, it’s very important to stay connected to a spiritual point of view, which helps to restore perspective, awaken hope, and foster joy and gratitude in the face of darkness and despair. In fact, it’s been a […]

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Saluting Slightly Foxed Paperbacks

Posted December 16, 2016 by Lory in brief reviews / 10 Comments
Saluting Slightly Foxed Paperbacks

As I’ve said before, the wonderful memoirs reprinted as Slightly Foxed Editions make terrific gifts. And if you’re looking for something a little smaller and lighter to slip into a stocking, or into your own pocket or handbag, take a look at Slightly Foxed Paperbacks. They have the same classic, elegant design of the hardcover […]

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The Reluctant Romantic: Relationship Status

Posted February 26, 2016 by Lory in brief reviews, challenges / 17 Comments
The Reluctant Romantic: Relationship Status

For Doing Dewey’s Reluctant Romantic challenge, I decided it was a good time to read some graphic…something. I don’t actually have a good name for this genre, because “graphic novels” doesn’t quite cut it. Many of the books that often get lumped into this category are memoirs or nonfiction, and even the fiction books are […]

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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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In Brief: Fabulous Fall Releases

Posted November 20, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
In Brief: Fabulous Fall Releases

All right, I’m a little late in the game since December is almost upon us, but I couldn’t let the year end without recommending some of the new releases I’ve read in the last few months. Whether you’re in the mood for a fast-paced tale of wolves and adventure for young readers, a genre-bending fantasy […]

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In Brief: New Releases for Young Readers

Posted September 15, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews / 10 Comments
In Brief: New Releases for Young Readers

      This fall, three of today’s brightest names in writing for children and young adults have new titles out. Even if you haven’t read their previous award-winning works, and whatever your age, these are all worth a look. Goodbye, Stranger by Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me; Liar and Spy) With its mature […]

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More Women in Translation: Two by Astrid Lindgren

Posted August 23, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews, elsewhere / 2 Comments
More Women in Translation: Two by Astrid Lindgren

To celebrate Women in Translation Month, today I’m highlighting a piece I did earlier this summer for Shiny New Books, in which I reviewed two classics by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren that are now available in lovely new editions from the New York Review Children’s Collection. Lindgren is one of the world’s most-translated authors, but […]

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