Remember Them in Bonds: Sapphira and the Slave Girl

Posted December 12, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Remember Them in Bonds: Sapphira and the Slave Girl

Willa Cather, Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940)   Willa Cather’s quiet, elegaic final novel, Sapphira and the Slave Girl, is the only one of her novels set in her birthplace of rural Northern Virginia. Taking up events and characters from the author’s own family history, it gives us a window into a time and […]

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Words and Pictures: A Lost Lady

Posted December 11, 2014 by Lory in quotes / 2 Comments
Words and Pictures: A Lost Lady

He did not think of these books as something invented to beguile the idle hour, but as living creatures, caught in the very behaviour of living, — surprised behind their misleading severity of form and phrase. He was eavesdropping upon the past, being let into the great world that had plunged and glittered and sumptuously […]

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Literary Pilgrimages: Willa Cather’s grave site

Posted December 10, 2014 by Lory in places / 23 Comments
Literary Pilgrimages: Willa Cather’s grave site

On a bleak winter afternoon in early December, I set out to find Willa Cather’s grave at the Old Meeting House in Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire. By her own wish, the author was laid to rest near the site where she had often spent the autumn months and worked on many of her novels, including […]

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A New Look!

Posted December 8, 2014 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 24 Comments
A New Look!

Almost a year ago, I started this blog on a whim when I had some extra time on my hands during a vacation (a rare occurrence indeed, let me tell you). I nearly stopped after just a few weeks, as you can see from my lack of posts in February, thinking it wasn’t worth the […]

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An American Tragedy: The Home-Maker

Posted December 5, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
An American Tragedy: The Home-Maker

Dorothy Canfield Fisher, The Home-Maker (1924) I was inspired by the readalong at the Old-Fashioned Girls Book Club to pick up this recently reissued novel by a once-popular author who is now mostly forgotten except for her classic children’s book, Understood Betsy. It tackled some very timely subjects — the imprisoning effect of gender-based roles, […]

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Five Favorite Books About Books

Posted December 2, 2014 by Lory in lists / 22 Comments
Five Favorite Books About Books

Today, I’m joining in the fun of A Month of Favorites with the topic, “Five Favorite Books by Theme.” For us bookaholics, what’s even better than a great book? A great book about books, stories, or reading! Here are five of my personal favorites. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie While he […]

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In the Kingdom of Ice (Nonfiction November Review)

Posted November 28, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
In the Kingdom of Ice (Nonfiction November Review)

Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice (2014) For my third and final Nonfiction November title (following One Summer: America 1927 and Empty Mansions), I thought it would be interesting to delve into American history once more. This time, upon recommendations by many including Books on the Table, I chose In the Kingdom of Ice, […]

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Nonfiction November: New to my TBR list

Posted November 24, 2014 by Lory in events, lists / 22 Comments
Nonfiction November: New to my TBR list

I have really enjoyed participating in Nonfiction November, thanks to the four wonderful bloggers who hosted it (see below for the weekly topics). I think of myself as a fiction reader and have never particularly sought out non-fiction, although I pick it up when something that looks interesting happens to come my way. This month, […]

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Empty Mansions (Nonfiction November Review)

Posted November 21, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Empty Mansions (Nonfiction November Review)

Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr., Empty Mansions (2013)   This is a story about money: about the winning of a great American fortune, its spending on acts of  generosity and selfishness, and its end in the hands of eager lawyers and rapacious relatives. It’s also the story of an enigmatic woman, Huguette Clark, […]

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