Category: reviews

The 1951 Club: My Cousin Rachel

Posted April 12, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 38 Comments
The 1951 Club: My Cousin Rachel

Daphne Du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel (1951) The 1951 Club is the latest in a series of events put together by Simon of Stuck in a Book and Karen of Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, which encourages us to read books published in a particular year. Please visit Simon’s blog for links to other 1951 books — […]

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New Release Review: May Cause Love

Posted April 9, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
New Release Review: May Cause Love

Kassi Underwood, May Cause Love (2017) At the age of nineteen, Kassi Underwood had an abortion. She was a directionless college student, drinking too much and pursuing a road-to-nowhere relationship with a drug dealer in the absence of her childhood sweetheart from her Kentucky home town. Abortion seemed the only logical, the only compassionate option, […]

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New Release Review: Bronze and Sunflower

Posted April 2, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
New Release Review: Bronze and Sunflower

Cao Wenxuan, Bronze and Sunflower (Candlewick, 2017) A Chinese children’s classic finally comes to the English-speaking world with this gently absorbing tale of sorrow, friendship, and growth. Set in rural China during the Cultural Revolution, it centers on the relationship between Sunflower, a city girl who has come to the country with her artist father, […]

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Three from Furrowed Middlebrow

Posted March 22, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Three from Furrowed Middlebrow

E. Nesbit, The Lark (1922) Elizabeth Fair, A Winter Away (1957) Ursula Orange, Tom Tiddler’s Ground (1941) As I’ve mentioned before, Furrowed Middlebrow Books represents what must surely be every blogger’s dream: a publishing imprint devoted to bringing back one reader’s list of forgotten favorites (mainly mid-century British fiction by women in this case).  The […]

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Trying to Understand Part 2: Dark Money

Posted March 19, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 2: Dark Money

Jane Mayer, Dark Money (2016) As my highly non-political brain tries to grasp what is really behind the political and social upheavals of our time, I’m grateful for the books that are helping to give me some insight into these difficult and complex topics. Such a book was the first entry in this series, The […]

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To be a king: Mary Renault’s Theseus books

Posted March 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
To be a king: Mary Renault’s Theseus books

Mary Renault, The King Must Die (1958) Mary Renault, The Bull from the Sea (1962) What is a true king? That question runs throughout the two historical novels that Mary Renault wrote about Theseus, the legendary ruler of Athens. As the young hero grows up, from mysterious beginnings, through trials that test his strength both […]

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Stagecraft and swordplay: Scaramouche

Posted March 12, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Stagecraft and swordplay: Scaramouche

Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche (1921) After watching the 1952 movie of Scaramouche, with its brilliant fencing matches between Mel Ferrer and Stewart Granger, I became curious to read the book. How would the author deal with these exciting action sequences? And would the book give more context and background for the historical and political aspects of […]

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New Release Review: One Part Plant

Posted March 7, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: One Part Plant

Jessica Murnane, One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time (2017) I’m not a fan of the term “vegan,” which sounds like its adherents come from another planet, nor of defining an eating style based solely on what it doesn’t include. So Jessica Murnane’s positive, joyous approach to “plant-based” […]

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When all times become one: A Fugue in Time

Posted February 19, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
When all times become one: A Fugue in Time

Rumer Godden, A Fugue in Time (1945) Rumer Godden’s storytelling style often involves shifts in time and point of view, sometimes within the same paragraph or even the same sentence. In A Fugue in Time, she made time-shifting the whole basis of the narrative, telling interwoven stories of three different generations within the same London […]

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A Regency puzzle: Troy Chimneys

Posted February 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
A Regency puzzle: Troy Chimneys

Margaret Kennedy, Troy Chimneys (1952) I’ve just finished Troy Chimneys, and already I want to read it again. This is partly to try to puzzle out the chronology, which is confused by a complicated multi-layer structure of diaries and letters bandied back and forth between various generations of different families — but it’s also because […]

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