Source: Personal Collection

Towers in the Mist

Posted April 23, 2017 by Lory in events / 10 Comments
Towers in the Mist

Elizabeth Goudge, Towers in the Mist (1937) This book is offered in a giveaway open through April 26. Click the link to enter! Oxford has changed much in the eighty years since Elizabeth Goudge lived there, and even more since the sixteenth century. Yet it still bears within it the weight of its long history, […]

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Trying to Understand Part 2: Dark Money

Posted March 19, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 2: Dark Money

Jane Mayer, Dark Money (2016) As my highly non-political brain tries to grasp what is really behind the political and social upheavals of our time, I’m grateful for the books that are helping to give me some insight into these difficult and complex topics. Such a book was the first entry in this series, The […]

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New Release Review: One Part Plant

Posted March 7, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: One Part Plant

Jessica Murnane, One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time (2017) I’m not a fan of the term “vegan,” which sounds like its adherents come from another planet, nor of defining an eating style based solely on what it doesn’t include. So Jessica Murnane’s positive, joyous approach to “plant-based” […]

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A Regency puzzle: Troy Chimneys

Posted February 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
A Regency puzzle: Troy Chimneys

Margaret Kennedy, Troy Chimneys (1952) I’ve just finished Troy Chimneys, and already I want to read it again. This is partly to try to puzzle out the chronology, which is confused by a complicated multi-layer structure of diaries and letters bandied back and forth between various generations of different families — but it’s also because […]

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Tea and Philosophy: Diary of a Provincial Lady

Posted December 6, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
Tea and Philosophy: Diary of a Provincial Lady

E. M. Delafield, Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930) I’ve seen this book mentioned as a favorite by many, and lauded as a comic classic, and when a Folio Society edition came my way at a very reasonable price, I couldn’t resist. So I finally got to encounter the “provincial lady” and see what she […]

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Reading New England: Ethan Frome

Posted July 8, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 30 Comments
Reading New England: Ethan Frome

Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome (1911) After reading one of the funniest books ever (according to multiple top ten lists, anyway), I moved on to what has to be one of the most depressing books of all time: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I am SO glad that I was not made to read it in […]

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Elizabeth Goudge Day: The Rosemary Tree

Posted April 24, 2016 by Lory in events, reviews / 16 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Day: The Rosemary Tree

Elizabeth Goudge was born on this day in 1900, and went on to write many beloved novels that are still read today. In her honor I’ve invited anyone who is so inclined to read and post about one of her books. You’ll find my review below, and I’ll be posting a round-up in a few […]

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Margery Sharp ebooks now available!

Posted April 12, 2016 by Lory in announcements / 5 Comments
Margery Sharp ebooks now available!

Good news for lovers of Margery Sharp’s fiction: ten of her novels are newly available as ebooks from Open Road Media! To celebrate, I’m reposting my reviews of The Nutmeg Tree and Cluny Brown, which are among the wonderful and witty titles available, and I’ll be looking forward to enjoying the others in the coming […]

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March Magics: Two with witches

Posted March 18, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
March Magics: Two with witches

Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters (1988) Diana Wynne Jones, Witch’s Business (1974) This month, I’ve been happy to join in the fun of March Magics, reading and rereading several books by two of my favorite fantasy authors. Both of them excel at playing with tropes from tradition and folklore, in very different but equally inventive and […]

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New Release Review: Ways into Christian Meditation

Posted February 5, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: Ways into Christian Meditation

Bastiaan Baan, Ways into Christian Meditation (2015) For readers who are interested in religious and spiritual subjects, here is a wonderfully clear, accessible introduction to the topic of how the practice of meditation can play a role in Christian life. Bastiaan Baan was a priest for many years in Holland and is currently the leader […]

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