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Nonfiction Book Review: I Contain Multitudes

Posted June 28, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Nonfiction Book Review: I Contain Multitudes

Ed Yong, I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life (2016) When I was asked to contribute a “book I should have read” to Keeping Up with the Penguins, this one sprang to mind. And spurred by that reminder, I did finally read it! I can now recommend it to […]

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New Release Review: Shadowplay

Posted June 21, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
New Release Review: Shadowplay

Joseph O’Connor, Shadowplay (2019) Till recently, I knew nothing about Bram Stoker beyond his name, as the author of Dracula. I didn’t know he was the theatrical manager for Henry Irving, and worked with Ellen Terry — about both of whom I did know a little more, largely thanks to my reading of the theatre-mad […]

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Back to the Classics: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Posted February 23, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) I’m not a horror fan, so I’ve never made an effort to read the classics of the genre — but for one reason or another, in the last few years I’ve read Frankenstein, Dracula, and now this brief but hugely influential tale […]

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Classics Club: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Posted February 16, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Classics Club: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) The publication of Maya Angelou’s autobiography (which eventually took up seven volumes) was a real landmark in many ways. It was a frank and deeply personal exploration of the Black American experience, from the chaos following slavery to our own muddled times. It gave voice […]

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New Reprint Review: Three by D.E. Stevenson

Posted January 26, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
New Reprint Review: Three by D.E. Stevenson

D.E. Stevenson, Vittoria Cottage (1949) D.E. Stevenson, Music in the Hills (1950) D.E. Stevenson, Winter and Rough Weather (1951) My definition of a comfort read is “a book about a place you’d like to be, full of people you’d like to be with.” With all the cozy literary havens out there, I’m always up for […]

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Classics Club: The Story of My Life

Posted March 24, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Classics Club: The Story of My Life

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life (1903) Almost everyone must know who Helen Keller is: the girl who became blind and deaf due to illness before she was two years old, enduring several agonizing years of isolation before being reconnected to the light of thought. The play and film “The Miracle Worker” dramatizes this […]

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Classics Club: The Shuttle

Posted June 17, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Classics Club: The Shuttle

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Shuttle (1907) The Secret Garden and A Little Princess were iconic books for me growing up, and I also read and reread Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Lost Prince. So when Frances Hodgson Burnett’s adult books began to resurface, some (like this one) gaining the kiss of approval from Persephone, I […]

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Classics Club: Herland

Posted February 18, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 22 Comments
Classics Club: Herland

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (1915) Herland is a thought experiment: what if there were a society on earth composed entirely of women? How would it develop? What would it achieve? And what would happen if and when it encountered the world of men again? This is the premise put forth by Gilman, a prominent sociologist […]

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You made me read it: The Art Forger

Posted February 7, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
You made me read it: The Art Forger

B. A. Shapiro, The Art Forger (2012) For my blog anniversary this year, I celebrated with a Make Me Read It giveaway, meaning the winner got to select a book from my TBR pile for both of us to read. Congratulations to R-J, who chose to receive a copy of The Art Forger, which I […]

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