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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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New Release Review: Galvanized

Posted April 8, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
New Release Review: Galvanized

Leland Kinsey, Galvanized: New and Selected Poems (2016) Galvanized came to me courtesy of Green Writers Press in Vermont (an exciting new publishing company about which I’ll be telling you more very soon). It arrived at the perfect moment, since my intention is to focus on poetry and drama during this month for my Reading […]

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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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Of Islands and Idylls: Two by Elizabeth Goudge

Posted March 4, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
Of Islands and Idylls: Two by Elizabeth Goudge

Elizabeth Goudge, Green Dolphin Street (1944) Elizabeth Goudge, The Child from the Sea (1970) As regular readers of this blog will be aware, I’m a longtime fan of Elizabeth Goudge, whose books have accompanied me from childhood into middle age with unabated pleasure. I realize she’s not to everyone’s taste, with her strong religious themes […]

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New Release Review: Nelly Dean

Posted February 23, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: Nelly Dean

Alison Case, Nelly Dean (2016) Upon rereading Wuthering Heights last year, I finally realized what a major role Nelly Dean — the servant who tells most of the story-within-a-story to hapless outsider Mr. Lockwood — plays in that novel. Far from being a passive observer of events, she lies, withholds information, and manipulates situations to […]

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New Release Review: How To Be Alive

Posted February 10, 2016 by Lory in blog tours, reviews / 11 Comments
New Release Review: How To Be Alive

Colin Beavan, How To Be Alive (2016) When I was in high school I took an English class called “Utopia.” After exploring the utopian and dystopian visions of writers from Thomas More to Aldous Huxley to Charlotte Perkins Gilman, our assignment was to create a plan of our own for the “perfect society.” Having heard […]

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Escape into Summer: My Family and Other Animals

Posted January 15, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 7 Comments
Escape into Summer: My Family and Other Animals

Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals (1956) If cold and darkness are getting you down, I have a prescription for you: Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals, an excellent antidote for the winter doldrums. The third of the delightful Slightly Foxed Editions that I’ve been pleased to review recently, it’s an artfully crafted, […]

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Love Letters: 84 Charing Cross Road

Posted December 18, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
Love Letters: 84 Charing Cross Road

Helene Hanff, 84, Charing Cross Road (1970) I don’t remember when I first read 84, Charing Cross Road, but I think I must have been between ten and twelve. I vividly remember the cover of my parents’ paperback edition, with its red British pillar box and squat American mailbox spewing postmarks at each other on […]

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Pictures in the Mind: Country Boy

Posted November 25, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
Pictures in the Mind: Country Boy

Richard Hillyer, Country Boy (1966) With their small size and brightly colored cloth covers, Slightly Foxed Editions resemble jewels in book form, a literary treasure chest. And here is treasure indeed. Each book contains a memoir of a singular individual, revealing many facets of human nature in all its richness and complexity. Most are reprints, […]

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New Reprint Review: Heather, Oak, and Olive

Posted October 23, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Reprint Review: Heather, Oak, and Olive

Rosemary Sutcliff, Heather, Oak, and Olive: Three Stories (1971) This slim collection of stories by Rosemary Sutcliff takes us to three different historical settings — tribal Wales, Roman Britain, and ancient Greece — with the author’s characteristically vivid sense of place and time. In each story, a pair of young people forges bonds of loyalty […]

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