Publisher: Harper

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: 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: 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: Journey to Munich

Posted April 20, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 3 Comments
New Release Review: Journey to Munich

Jacqueline Winspear, Journey to Munich (Harper, 2016) Journey to Munich is the twelfth entry in the bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which follows a former London parlourmaid through her career as a private investigator and beyond. If you’ve been reading the series all along, you will probably know already that you want to read this one. […]

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Mystery on the Rock: A Dangerous Place

Posted March 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Mystery on the Rock: A Dangerous Place

Jacqueline Winspear, A Dangerous Place (2015) Welcome to the Maisie Dobbs readalong! TLC Book Tours is hosting a month-long celebration of the first eleven books in this popular historical mystery series, on the occasion of the release of number twelve, Journey to Munich, on March 29. I’ll be posting about that title next month, but […]

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A Play Well Spent: The Matchmaker

Posted July 24, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
A Play Well Spent: The Matchmaker

Thornton Wilder, The Matchmaker (1954) A while ago I made a project of reading all of Thornton Wilder’s novels, but I didn’t include the multifaceted author’s renowned plays. While two of his famous trio of dramas — Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth — were drummed into me back in high school, I’d […]

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My First Terry Pratchett: The Truth

Posted March 5, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
My First Terry Pratchett: The Truth

Terry Pratchett, The Truth (2000) The first book you read by a favorite author has a special quality. Even if there are other books by the same author that you realize are more worthy of recognition, the joy of discovery lends your “first” a lingering glow. Sometimes, the particular circumstances of finding the book are […]

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