Out of the Gutter: Smith

Posted June 6, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Out of the Gutter: Smith

Leon Garfield, Smith: The Story of a Pickpocket (1967) But there was great determination in him. Each fresh disaster he endured seemed to strengthen his bond with the document…and whatever it might contain. In a way, it seemed to be payment in advance. “Dickensian” is a word freely tossed about in describing a certain strain […]

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My life in bookstores

Posted June 4, 2014 by Lory in personal / 10 Comments
My life in bookstores

Robin McKinley’s author bio in her early books used to say that she kept track of her life according to what she was was reading in various locations; she traveled around quite a bit as a child because her father was in the navy. I didn’t have such an exotic upbringing, but I find that […]

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Armchair BEA Wrap-up

Posted May 31, 2014 by Lory in events / 9 Comments

This was my first year participating in Armchair BEA and I really enjoyed it. While I didn’t take home as much swag as from the actual BEA, do I really need more books? (Don’t answer that.) What I did take home was many more interactions with other booklovers, and I think that was actually easier […]

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Enchantress from the Stars: Armchair BEA Day Five

Posted May 30, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
Enchantress from the Stars: Armchair BEA Day Five

Sylvia Louise Engdahl, Enchantress from the Stars (1970).   Today’s Armchair BEA theme is middle-grade/YA fiction, so I’m taking a second look at a YA science fiction classic. This was the recipient of the 1990 Phoenix Award and has been praised by the likes of Madeleine L’Engle, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Lois Lowry, so it quickly […]

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Giveaway Day: Armchair BEA Day Four

Posted May 29, 2014 by Lory in giveaways / 20 Comments
Giveaway Day: Armchair BEA Day Four

Today is Giveaway Day at Armchair BEA, that wonderful virtual conference for bloggers who can’t attend the live-action Book Expo America in NYC. I’m giving this topic a somewhat personal spin: as I mentioned in my introduction post, one of my jobs is working as Managing Editor for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North […]

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Keeping It Short: Armchair BEA Day Three

Posted May 28, 2014 by Lory in lists / 12 Comments
Keeping It Short: Armchair BEA Day Three

  Confession: I do not generally like novellas or short stories. If a story is worth telling, it seems to me it should go on for as long as possible — or at least for a good couple of hundred pages. I’m usually left unsatisfied by shorter works of fiction, and my favorite books tend […]

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Author Interactions: Armchair BEA Day Two

Posted May 27, 2014 by Lory in events / 17 Comments
Author Interactions: Armchair BEA Day Two

For Day Two of Armchair BEA, we’re sharing something about interactions with authors. I’ve met a few authors and attended some readings I enjoyed, but my favorite interaction has to be the letter I received from Robin McKinley when I wrote to her at age 14. Among other questions (advice for would-be writers, favorite books), […]

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White Magic: Thornyhold and The White Witch

Posted May 23, 2014 by Lory in brief reviews / 4 Comments
White Magic: Thornyhold and The White Witch

Mary Stewart, Thornyhold (Morrow, 1988) Elizabeth Goudge, The White Witch (Coward-McCann, 1952) I was inspired by many recommendations to pick up one of Mary Stewart’s romantic novels at the library this week, and chose Thornyhold, the story of a young woman who unexpectedly inherits her cousin’s house in Wiltshire and finds that said cousin seems […]

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