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New Release Review: The House by the Lake

Posted September 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Release Review: The House by the Lake

Thomas Harding, The House by the Lake (2016) Though it focuses on a single location — a simple lakeside house built by a prosperous Berlin doctor as a family retreat — this book takes us on a tour of an astonishingly volatile period in German history. As if in a time-lapse film, we watch what […]

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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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Reading New England: Two freedom fighters

Posted August 19, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Reading New England: Two freedom fighters

Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain (1942) M.T. Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (2006, 2008) A few weeks ago, I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where there is a room full of portraits of prominent Boston revolutionaries. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, and others — […]

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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: A Man of Genius

Posted June 3, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
New Release Review: A Man of Genius

Janet Todd, A Man of Genius (2016) What happens when an eminent scholar and biographer turns her hand to fiction? In the case of Janet Todd’s A Man of Genius, we get a highly distinctive, engrossing tale of mystery and madness, centering on a woman writer of one of those “horrid books” that were so […]

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New Release Review: The Children

Posted May 31, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: The Children

Ann Leary, The Children (2016) Ann Leary’s new novel caught my eye largely because of its Connecticut setting, as I’ve been looking for representatives from that state for my Reading New England challenge. And the setting — a slowly disintegrating lakeside estate, situated near an insular town and private school — is indeed very important […]

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Reading New England: Hidden View

Posted May 27, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Reading New England: Hidden View

Brett Ann Stanciu, Hidden View (2015) If you’re tired of seeing the same books from the same big-name publishers hyped everywhere, and would like to discover some quality under-the-radar fiction that not everyone knows about, I have got something for you. Hidden View by Brett Ann Stanciu is a true hidden gem, a novel with […]

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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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