Suspense with Style: Four by Mary Stewart

Posted September 15, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
Suspense with Style: Four by Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart, Nine Coaches Waiting (Morrow, 1959) Mary Stewart, The Ivy Tree (Morrow, 1962) Mary Stewart, The Moon-Spinners (Morrow, 1963) Mary Stewart, This Rough Magic (Morrow, 1964)    It’s always a great pleasure to discover an author whose books have somehow passed you by, especially if there are plenty of them. Such is the case […]

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Two from the Trail: A Walk in the Woods and Wild

Posted September 12, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
Two from the Trail: A Walk in the Woods and Wild

Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Broadway Books, 1998) Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Knopf, 2012)   At about the same time in the mid-nineties, two very different people — a successful, 44-year-old author and family man, and a 26-year-old aspiring writer “with […]

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Library Loot: September 10

Posted September 10, 2014 by Lory in lists / 8 Comments
Library Loot: September 10

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire of The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share books they’ve checked out from the library.  If you’d like to participate, check out those blogs on Wednesdays to link up your post. Here’s what I picked up this week:   […]

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Witch Week 2014: A Week of Magical Reading

Posted September 5, 2014 by Lory in events / 20 Comments
Witch Week 2014: A Week of Magical Reading

Calling all fantasy lovers! I’m excited to announce that from October 31 to November 6 I’ll be hosting Witch Week, a chance to read and discuss our favorite books and authors, and discover some that may be new to us. This year the focus will be on the incomparable Diana Wynne Jones, author of so […]

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Austen in August Wrap-up

Posted August 31, 2014 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Austen in August Wrap-up

Coming from Abbeville: Austen’s notebooks   Well, my blog “vacation” ended up being pretty busy. Participating in Austen in August hosted by Lost Generation Reader kept me quite occupied with reading and writing about Austen-related books, and reading other people’s posts. You can see the summary of my own posts here, and here are some […]

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A Song of Second Chances: A Solitary Blue

Posted August 29, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
A Song of Second Chances: A Solitary Blue

Cynthia Voigt, A Solitary Blue (1983) I owe Cynthia Voigt an apology. When she won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song in 1983, beating out my favorite book at the time (The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley), I retaliated by refusing to read it or any others in what came to be an acclaimed seven-book […]

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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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