Category: reviews

Nonfiction Book Review: I Contain Multitudes

Posted June 28, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Nonfiction Book Review: I Contain Multitudes

Ed Yong, I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life (2016) When I was asked to contribute a “book I should have read” to Keeping Up with the Penguins, this one sprang to mind. And spurred by that reminder, I did finally read it! I can now recommend it to […]

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New Release Review: Shadowplay

Posted June 21, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
New Release Review: Shadowplay

Joseph O’Connor, Shadowplay (2019) Till recently, I knew nothing about Bram Stoker beyond his name, as the author of Dracula. I didn’t know he was the theatrical manager for Henry Irving, and worked with Ellen Terry — about both of whom I did know a little more, largely thanks to my reading of the theatre-mad […]

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Back to the Classics: The World I Live In

Posted April 19, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics: The World I Live In

Helen Keller, The World I Live In (1908) When I read Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life, I was intrigued by one of the last letters quoted in the book, written to a college professor who found her compositions too derivative and wondered when she would write of her own unique experiences: I have […]

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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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