Category: reviews

Nonfiction Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score

Posted March 22, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
Nonfiction Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score

Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma (2014) In keeping with my resolution to read more nonfiction this year — ideally, not only memoir or biography — I made my way through this book in the first couple of months of 2020. It took […]

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Back to the Classics: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Posted February 23, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) I’m not a horror fan, so I’ve never made an effort to read the classics of the genre — but for one reason or another, in the last few years I’ve read Frankenstein, Dracula, and now this brief but hugely influential tale […]

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Classics Club: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Posted February 16, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Classics Club: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) The publication of Maya Angelou’s autobiography (which eventually took up seven volumes) was a real landmark in many ways. It was a frank and deeply personal exploration of the Black American experience, from the chaos following slavery to our own muddled times. It gave voice […]

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New Reprint Review: Three by D.E. Stevenson

Posted January 26, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
New Reprint Review: Three by D.E. Stevenson

D.E. Stevenson, Vittoria Cottage (1949) D.E. Stevenson, Music in the Hills (1950) D.E. Stevenson, Winter and Rough Weather (1951) My definition of a comfort read is “a book about a place you’d like to be, full of people you’d like to be with.” With all the cozy literary havens out there, I’m always up for […]

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Beautiful Books: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Posted January 22, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
Beautiful Books: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1847) January 17, 2020 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Anne Brontë, bringing the attention of the world to the youngest and least celebrated of the three literary sisters from Yorkshire. The Folio Society has marked the occasion by releasing a new edition of Anne’s second […]

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New Reprint Review: Miss Carter and the Ifrit

Posted December 8, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Reprint Review: Miss Carter and the Ifrit

Susan Alice Kirby, Miss Carter and the Ifrit (1945) One of the latest of the ongoing series of Furrowed Middlebrow books from Dean Street press, Miss Carter and the Ifrit is a grown-up fairy tale that reminded me of the works of E. Nesbit (another FM author with The Lark). As so often with Nesbit, […]

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Beautiful Books: Kindred

Posted November 24, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Beautiful Books: Kindred

Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979) Not that far into the reading of Octavia Butler’s fourth novel, recently released in a beautiful new edition from the Folio Society, I realized that the title is a pun. The innocuous term kindred — denoting likeness, similarity, or shared ancestry — can also be split into kin – dread — […]

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A wish come true: Howl’s Moving Castle

Posted November 21, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
A wish come true: Howl’s Moving Castle

For a long time, I’ve been wishing that the Folio Society would publish something, anything, by Diana Wynne Jones. And this year, my wish finally came true! Howl’s Moving Castle was the title for the 2019 House of Illustration competition cosponsored by Folio, and the winning entry has duly been published just in time for […]

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Classics Club: My Brilliant Career

Posted November 10, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
Classics Club: My Brilliant Career

Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career (1901) Here’s a book I’ve heard about for so long, but never read — the perfect pick for a Classics Club Spin, as well as a chance to take part in Brona’s Australian Reading Month event, and to represent another country in my Reading Around the World project. But even […]

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Doctors playing God: Awakenings

Posted September 7, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
Doctors playing God: Awakenings

Oliver Sacks, Awakenings (1999/1973) Of course I’ve heard of Oliver Sacks, author of many books with intriguing titles (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, An Anthropologist on Mars, Seeing Voices, etc.). But  in spite of hearing that Sacks was a terrific writer about fascinating topics out of his practice as a neurologist, […]

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