Source: Personal Collection

Classics Club: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Posted March 14, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
Classics Club: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973) When I read Penelope Lively’s Booker Prize-winning Moon Tiger, I was underwhelmed. Unfortunately, I can’t remember quite why. I think it was because I could not connect emotionally with the main character, and found the novel ultimately empty and dull in spite of the literary skill of […]

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From understanding to action: The Art of Waging Peace

Posted February 25, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
From understanding to action: The Art of Waging Peace

Paul K. Chappell, The Art of Waging Peace (2013) After reading seven books to understand Trump’s win, I knew there still remained much to understand, but I was also hankering for some ways to enact positive change. I turned to a book that was recommended by a friend soon after the 2016 elections: The Art of […]

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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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New Release Review: Walking with Our Children

Posted January 28, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
New Release Review: Walking with Our Children

Nancy Blanning, Walking with Our Children (2017) Purchase Walking with Our Children from the WECAN bookstore, and you’ll benefit a wonderful organization. The book is also available on Amazon. During the ten years I served as managing editor for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), I had the privilege of working with […]

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Classics Club Spin: Don Quixote, Part I

Posted January 24, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
Classics Club Spin: Don Quixote, Part I

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part I (1605) For the last Classics Club spin book, I drew Don Quixote, which I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time. I did read an abridged version in high school, but I remember absolutely nothing about it except the Quentin Blake drawing on the cover. (Does anyone […]

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Classics Club: Excellent Women

Posted October 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Classics Club: Excellent Women

Barbara Pym, Excellent Women (1952) As I read Excellent Women, the best-known work by the once-neglected, now widely praised English novelist Barbara Pym, I was reminded of another acclaimed comic novel that I read not long ago: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. On the surface, Amis’s hard-drinking, buffoonish misogynist Jim Dixon may seem to have […]

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Classics Club: The Return of the Native

Posted September 10, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 24 Comments
Classics Club: The Return of the Native

Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native (1874) This was one of the first nineteenth-century classics I ever encountered in school — in my high school freshman class on British lit, along with Hamlet, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman (a rather odd assortment, now that I come to think of it). […]

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Classics Club: The Fledgling

Posted July 2, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Classics Club: The Fledgling

Jane Langton, The Fledgling (1980) Although I read and enjoyed the first three books in Jane Langton’s “Hall Family Chronicles” as a child, I never ventured further for some reason. So when I saw book four, The Fledgling, on the Phoenix Award list, I wanted to finally catch up with it. Like the first three […]

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Four books to feed the spirit

Posted May 14, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews, reviews / 10 Comments
Four books to feed the spirit

Everyone has an individual way of dealing with all the bad things going on in the world. For me, it’s very important to stay connected to a spiritual point of view, which helps to restore perspective, awaken hope, and foster joy and gratitude in the face of darkness and despair. In fact, it’s been a […]

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Trying to Understand Part 3: Strangers in Their Own Land

Posted May 7, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 3: Strangers in Their Own Land

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land (2016) This is part 3 in an ongoing series exploring books that address the current political, social, and economic situation in the US. Part 1: The Unwinding  Part 2: Dark Money When sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild set out to explore what she calls the Great Paradox — […]

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