Format: ARC

New Release Review: The Essex Serpent

Posted June 16, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent (2016) Perhaps because the nineteenth century saw the rise of the novel as a literary form, giving us an unprecedented number of imagined narratives about daily life and relationships, there’s a particular fascination in trying to go “behind the curtain” of the period and discern what the Victorians did NOT […]

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New Reprint Review: The Winged Girl of Knossos

Posted June 4, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Reprint Review: The Winged Girl of Knossos

Erick Berry, The Winged Girl of Knossos (1934) Ever since Betsy Bird put this long-lost Newbery honor book from 1934 at the top of her list of underrated middle grade books I’ve been dying to read it. And lo and behold, sometimes dreams do come true! Three years later, it’s back in print thanks to […]

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New Release Review: Bronze and Sunflower

Posted April 2, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
New Release Review: Bronze and Sunflower

Cao Wenxuan, Bronze and Sunflower (Candlewick, 2017) A Chinese children’s classic finally comes to the English-speaking world with this gently absorbing tale of sorrow, friendship, and growth. Set in rural China during the Cultural Revolution, it centers on the relationship between Sunflower, a city girl who has come to the country with her artist father, […]

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New Release Review: The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Posted October 7, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Delia Sherman, The Evil Wizard Smallbone (2016) When a book gets compared to the work of Diana Wynne Jones, I’m not sure whether to read it or not. On the one hand, there’s the hope that the reading experience will evoke the brilliant qualities of my all-time favorite fantasy author. On the other, there’s the […]

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New Release Review: Marrow

Posted September 30, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
New Release Review: Marrow

Elizabeth Lesser, Marrow (2016) What are the ties that bind us as human beings? Can our thoughts and feelings influence our bodily well-being, even that of another person? How does releasing personal hurt, anger, and misunderstanding bring healing to our relationships and the world? When confronted with loss, betrayal, and death, can we learn to […]

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New Release Review: Looking for Betty MacDonald

Posted September 9, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: Looking for Betty MacDonald

Paula Becker, Looking for Betty MacDonald (2016) Shortly after I included Betty MacDonald in a post about funny female authors, this book landed in my mailbox. I was delighted to explore MacDonald’s life and work through Paula Becker’s thoughtful, painstakingly researched biography, and even more thrilled to see that University of Washington Press is going […]

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New Release Review: Carry On

Posted August 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
New Release Review: Carry On

Lisa Fenn, Carry On (2016) At the rare times when I watch sporting events (mostly during the Olympics), I’m less drawn in by the goals and records scored than by the human interest stories that sportscasters concoct to tug at our heartstrings and make us feel the emotions we have in common with these amazing […]

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New Release Review: New England Bound

Posted June 24, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
New Release Review: New England Bound

Wendy Warren, New England Bound (2016) New England likes to position itself as the cradle of liberty, home of many of the figures behind American independence from Britain, as well as a land of freedom in opposition to the slave-owning South. But in this new study by historian Wendy Warren, we are given a very […]

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New Release Review: The Summer Guest

Posted June 8, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: The Summer Guest

Alison Anderson, The Summer Guest (2016) Alison Anderson is perhaps best known as a translator — maybe you’ve heard of a little phenomenon called The Elegance of the Hedgehog? — but she’s also a novelist in her own right. With her latest novel, The Summer Guest, she seems poised to come to greater prominence in […]

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New Release Review: The Lie Tree

Posted April 29, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: The Lie Tree

Frances Hardinge, The Lie Tree (2016) I think that Frances Hardinge is destined to become one of my new favorite authors. I loved The Lie Tree (as well as her previous novel, Cuckoo Song) for the interesting things she does with ideas and relationships and history and myth. Hardinge’s prose is vivid and distinctive without […]

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