Tag: biography

New Release Review: Jean Vanier: Portrait of a Free Man

Posted August 11, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
New Release Review: Jean Vanier: Portrait of a Free Man

Anne-Sophie Constant: Jean Vanier: Portrait of a Free Man (2019) When I was living in a community with adults with developmental disabilities, one of my colleagues told me he had been inspired to take up this work by the writings of Jean Vanier, founder of the international L’Arche movement. I was intrigued, because I had […]

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New Release Review: The Heart’s Necessities

Posted June 9, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
New Release Review: The Heart’s Necessities

Jane Tyson Clement with Becca Stevens, The Heart’s Necessities (Plough, 2018) The Heart’s Necessities is a book with at least four layers. The foundation layer is a selection of poems by Jane Tyson Clement, written over a period of more than fifty years and mostly unpublished during the poet’s life. Each section of poems, arranged […]

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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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New Release Review: CS Lewis and His Circle

Posted July 19, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: CS Lewis and His Circle

Roger White, Judith Wolfe, and Brendan Wolfe, eds., CS Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford CS Lewis Society (2015) Closely following The Fellowship, a splendid group biography of the Inklings, comes this new collection, a fine companion volume for those looking for more on CS Lewis and company. A student society […]

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New Release Review: The Fellowship

Posted June 26, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
New Release Review: The Fellowship

Carol Zaleski and Philip Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings (2015)   Love them or hate them — and there are large camps on both sides — it’s undeniable that CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien have had a huge impact on the imaginative landscape of the last century. Where did their tales […]

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Empty Mansions (Nonfiction November Review)

Posted November 21, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Empty Mansions (Nonfiction November Review)

Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr., Empty Mansions (2013)   This is a story about money: about the winning of a great American fortune, its spending on acts of  generosity and selfishness, and its end in the hands of eager lawyers and rapacious relatives. It’s also the story of an enigmatic woman, Huguette Clark, […]

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Nonfiction November

Posted November 7, 2014 by Lory in brief reviews / 28 Comments
Nonfiction November

After an intense week of immersion in fantasy fiction for Witch Week, it’s time for something different! So this month, I’m joining in Nonfiction November, hosted by I’m Lost in Books, Regular Rumination, Sophisticated Dorkiness, and Doing Dewey. I hope this event will inspire me to read and post more about non-fiction, as well as […]

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Looking for Jane: The Real Jane Austen

Posted August 7, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
Looking for Jane: The Real Jane Austen

Paula Byrne, The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things (2013) When we enter a preserved old house, objects are what we see. These paintings, cushions, scribbled notes, and scraps of lace are what are left to us as our link to the past. It can be a challenge to make the imaginative leap […]

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A Reader’s Journey: My Life in Middlemarch

Posted July 18, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
A Reader’s Journey: My Life in Middlemarch

Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch (2014)   Why aren’t there more books like this? Rebecca Mead takes us on a deeply personal, yet wide-ranging tour of one of her life’s touchstones, Middlemarch by George Eliot. In the process we learn about Eliot’s own life and times, gaining insights into the origins of the book’s […]

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