The Last Island: The Islands of Chaldea

Posted May 16, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
The Last Island: The Islands of Chaldea

Diana Wynne Jones (completed by Ursula Jones), The Islands of Chaldea (2014)  Like many who love the books of Diana Wynne Jones, I was intrigued last year to learn that her sister, Ursula Jones, was completing a final manuscript left unfinished at the author’s death. How could anyone take up the mantle of one of […]

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Joining the Classics Club

Posted May 12, 2014 by Lory in challenges / 5 Comments
Joining the Classics Club

For some company in my quest to expand my reading horizons, I’m joining The Classics Club — an online community that encourages bloggers to read and blog about classic fiction. The challenge is to make a personal list of at least 50 classics (the definition of which is up to you) and read and post […]

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From Austen to Atwood: The art of the Balbusso sisters

Posted May 9, 2014 by Lory in design / 4 Comments
From Austen to Atwood: The art of the Balbusso sisters

Eugene Onegin The Handmaid’s Tale The artwork of Anna and Elena Balbusso first caught my eye in the Folio Society catalog, with their stunning illustrations for two very different books, Alexander Pushkin’s classic novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin and Margaret Atwood’s modern dystopian nightmare The Handmaid’s Tale. Then I noticed that they were the cover artists for […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten book covers

Posted May 6, 2014 by Lory in design, lists / 18 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten book covers

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish, is “Top ten book covers I’d frame as pieces of art.” I love beautiful book covers, so this was a fun list to create! Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order).     1. I love the work of […]

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Quick Quotes: The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

Posted May 5, 2014 by Lory in quotes / 2 Comments
Quick Quotes: The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

The only vessel in which the soul could be studied was the living human body, which made it as difficult as trying to study the soul of a Mexican jumping bean. We could learn nothing about the soul from a corpse, I had decided, after several firsthand encounters with cadavers. Flavia de Luce, in The […]

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Where in the World Is Susanna Kaysen: Cambridge

Posted May 2, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
Where in the World Is Susanna Kaysen: Cambridge

Susanna Kaysen, Cambridge (2014) Based on the title and publicity, I was expecting Cambridge to be a portrait of Susanna Kaysen’s childhood (and current) home town, Cambridge, Massachusetts. However, while I found that it actually didn’t have much to offer about Cambridge, it did contain a stunning self-portrait of a girl who isn’t sure who […]

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Harriet’s Sister: A Long Way From Verona

Posted April 25, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Harriet’s Sister: A Long Way From Verona

Jane Gardam, A Long Way from Verona (1971) Can you believe Harriet the Spy is 50 years old? Yes, she first made her appearance in 1964. In honor of this anniversary here’s a recent reread at A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy that goes through the whole book with chapter-by-chapter reactions, ending up […]

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A Magical Library: The Bodleian’s Magical Tales

Posted April 11, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
A Magical Library: The Bodleian’s Magical Tales

Larrington and Purkiss, eds., Magical Tales (2013) My one visit to Oxford was long ago as an 18-year-old on a choir tour of England. Our chaperones normally kept a pretty tight rein on us, but for some reason this time they actually let us roam around by ourselves for a while. I was in literary […]

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Beautiful Books: The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Posted April 2, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
Beautiful Books: The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) When I moved to New Hampshire a year ago, I found out that I was entering the land of Our Town. Thornton Wilder’s classic play was written in and based on the town of Peterborough, NH, 15 minutes away from my new home. My memories of […]

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A Woman of Science, an Age of Wonder

Posted March 28, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 1 Comment
A Woman of Science, an Age of Wonder

Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things (Viking, 2013) Richard Holmes, The Age of Wonder (Pantheon, 2008) The Signature of All Things, Gilbert’s first full-length work of fiction after her memoir Eat, Pray, Love became a surprise hit, is a big, ambitious book. It ranges across space and time, taking us from London to Philadelphia […]

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