A Regency Sketchbook: Mrs Hurst Dancing

Posted August 22, 2014 by Lory in events, reviews / 8 Comments
A Regency Sketchbook: Mrs Hurst Dancing

For my next (and possibly last) Austen in August contribution, I wanted to let readers know about a lovely book I chanced upon through this post at Charlotte’s Library: Mrs Hurst Dancing and Other Scenes from Regency Life, 1812-1823 (Victor Gollancz, 1981). This reproduction of two volumes of sketchbooks by a young lady of Jane […]

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Partial and Prejudiced: Austen’s History of England

Posted August 17, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Partial and Prejudiced: Austen’s History of England

Jane Austen, The History of England Someone gave me this little booklet years ago, but I’d never actually read it. I decided that Austen in August was the perfect occasion — I don’t have time to read lots of full-length novels at the moment, but a sixteen-page pamphlet is manageable. And I’m glad I finally […]

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Austen in August Guest Post

Posted August 12, 2014 by Lory in elsewhere / 0 Comments
Austen in August Guest Post

Today, I’m over at Lost Generation Reader with an “Austen in August” guest post on illustrated Jane Austen editions! I hope you’ll check it out. Two favorite illustrations from the new Folio Pride and Prejudice  

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Looking for Jane: The Real Jane Austen

Posted August 7, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
Looking for Jane: The Real Jane Austen

Paula Byrne, The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things (2013) When we enter a preserved old house, objects are what we see. These paintings, cushions, scribbled notes, and scraps of lace are what are left to us as our link to the past. It can be a challenge to make the imaginative leap […]

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Austen in August

Posted August 2, 2014 by Lory in blog housekeeping, events / 8 Comments
Austen in August

The view from my window I’ve been blogging for a bit more than six months, and I’ve so enjoyed meeting many other rabid readers and sharing my thoughts about books. This month I’m taking a break for some vacation travel and to get some other tasks done, so I’ll be posting more infrequently than usual. […]

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Five of a Kind: All-of-a-Kind Family

Posted July 25, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Five of a Kind: All-of-a-Kind Family

Sydney Taylor, All-of-a-Kind Family (1951) I don’t know why I never read All-of-a-Kind Family when growing up, but I was reminded that I needed to thanks to The Midnight Garden’s Classic MG/YA Readalong. I was very glad to finally get to know this beloved account of five girls growing up in a Jewish family on […]

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My Life in Libraries

Posted July 22, 2014 by Lory in lists, personal / 10 Comments
My Life in Libraries

After doing this post about My Life in Bookstores, I realized that I’ve surely spent much more of my life in libraries, and that they should be given their due. Here are some that had personal significance for me. For more library love, you can browse this page of Library Visits from Wildmoo Books. (What […]

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A Reader’s Journey: My Life in Middlemarch

Posted July 18, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
A Reader’s Journey: My Life in Middlemarch

Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch (2014)   Why aren’t there more books like this? Rebecca Mead takes us on a deeply personal, yet wide-ranging tour of one of her life’s touchstones, Middlemarch by George Eliot. In the process we learn about Eliot’s own life and times, gaining insights into the origins of the book’s […]

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