Category: brief reviews

Will I experience the life-changing magic?

Posted November 22, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 40 Comments
Will I experience the life-changing magic?

A couple of years ago, when The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo was all the rage, I scoffed at it without having read it, largely because of what I thought was her impossible advice for tidying books (maintain a library of 30 books maximum, and keep them in a closet). However, now […]

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Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Posted November 15, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 13 Comments
Great Gifts from the Folio Society

If you’re looking for a really special gift for a book-lover in your life, the Folio Society has some fabulous offerings. Here’s a glimpse at some of my favorites from their newest list. East of Eden, the great American novel by John Steinbeck, is a marvelous evocation of a particular place (the Salinas Valley in […]

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Necessary Nonsense: Four reprints from Dover

Posted October 18, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 6 Comments
Necessary Nonsense: Four reprints from Dover

“Nonsense” is often used as a perjorative term, yet breaking out of our usual habits to use language and ideas in a fresh, imaginative way is so important for keeping us inwardly alive and creative. Nonsense stories and poems are wonderful to share with children, who love their wacky humor, but adults can benefit from […]

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My Contemporary Reading Adventure

Posted September 13, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews, discussions / 36 Comments
My Contemporary Reading Adventure

Back in June, I asked Why do I not read contemporary fiction? and invited you, dear readers, to recommend some books you thought I might enjoy. You came through with a plethora of suggestions, and I managed to read a good number of them over the summer. I didn’t love all of them, but some […]

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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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