Category: reviews

Classics Club: The Story of My Life

Posted March 24, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Classics Club: The Story of My Life

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life (1903) Almost everyone must know who Helen Keller is: the girl who became blind and deaf due to illness before she was two years old, enduring several agonizing years of isolation before being reconnected to the light of thought. The play and film “The Miracle Worker” dramatizes this […]

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Beyond the gender wars: Three books by Terrence Real

Posted March 17, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
Beyond the gender wars: Three books by Terrence Real

Terrence Real, I Don’t Want To Talk About It (1997) Terrence Real, How Can I Get Through to You? (2003) Terrence Real, The New Rules of Marriage (2007) After going through a major relationship crisis last summer (now thankfully resolved), I was searching for solace in the used-book section of my favorite bookstore and came […]

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A book for all seasons: Watership Down

Posted February 24, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 34 Comments
A book for all seasons: Watership Down

Richard Adams, Watership Down (1972) Lately I’ve been disappointed that my son’s interest in reading seems to have flagged. He happily reads Tintin comics and my old Cricket magazines for hours, but the sustained attention required by a novel has been elusive. Until I started reading him Watership Down, that is. I thought this 400-page […]

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A poem a day

Posted February 17, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
A poem a day

Last year, during the season of Lent and Easter, I read a poem each day from the collection The Heart’s Time. I loved using this as an opportunity for reflection and contemplation. In late 2018, poking through a bookstore bargain table, I came across 365 Poems for Every Occasion, a compilation from the Academy of […]

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My first Jane Gardam: Bilgewater

Posted January 27, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
My first Jane Gardam: Bilgewater

Jane Gardam, Bilgewater (1976) The first book you read by a favorite author has a special quality. Even if there are other books by the same author that you realize are more worthy of recognition, the joy of discovery lends your “first” a lingering glow. Sometimes, the particular circumstances of finding the book are stamped […]

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A neverending story: Sword at Sunset

Posted January 20, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 20 Comments
A neverending story: Sword at Sunset

Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword at Sunset (1963) Can a story still be compelling when we already know how it ends? In the case of the Arthurian legend, the appeal never seems to wane. Something about this doomed hero, who will be betrayed by friend and wife and sister and son, yet still strives for goodness and […]

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The Shepard Touch: Drawn from Life

Posted December 23, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
The Shepard Touch: Drawn from Life

E.H. Shepard, Drawn from Life (1961) Ernest Shepard, best known today as the illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh and its companions, wrote two memoirs that have just been added to the lovely series of Slightly Foxed Editions. These small, colorful hardcovers, bound in the UK, are typeset in a clean, nicely balanced format that is a pleasure […]

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Early Christians: The Blood of the Martyrs

Posted December 16, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Early Christians: The Blood of the Martyrs

Naomi Mitchison, The Blood of the Martyrs (1939) Naomi Mitchison, who died in 1999 at the age of 101, was a prolific writer who dipped into quite an astonishing number of genres. She wrote historical fiction based in both prehistoric and historic times, contemporary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, travelogue, essays, memoirs, biography, plays … is […]

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Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Posted November 26, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Books mentioned in this post were received for review consideration from the publisher. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own. Here’s a video showing some of my favorites among the newest publications by the Folio Society, which I hope might interest you as gifts for your loved ones this season […]

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Classics Club: The Left Hand of Darkness

Posted October 21, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
Classics Club: The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) The new Folio Society edition of this book is available here. A copy was received from the publisher for review consideration. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own. It’s no secret that Ursula K. Le Guin is one of my […]

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