Tag: memoir

Classics Club: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Posted February 16, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 1 Comment
Classics Club: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) The publication of Maya Angelou’s autobiography (which eventually took up seven volumes) was a real landmark in many ways. It was a frank and deeply personal exploration of the Black American experience, from the chaos following slavery to our own muddled times. It gave voice […]

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The Shepard Touch: Drawn from Life

Posted December 23, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
The Shepard Touch: Drawn from Life

E.H. Shepard, Drawn from Life (1961) Ernest Shepard, best known today as the illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh and its companions, wrote two memoirs that have just been added to the lovely series of Slightly Foxed Editions. These small, colorful hardcovers, bound in the UK, are typeset in a clean, nicely balanced format that is a pleasure […]

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New Release Review: May Cause Love

Posted April 9, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
New Release Review: May Cause Love

Kassi Underwood, May Cause Love (2017) At the age of nineteen, Kassi Underwood had an abortion. She was a directionless college student, drinking too much and pursuing a road-to-nowhere relationship with a drug dealer in the absence of her childhood sweetheart from her Kentucky home town. Abortion seemed the only logical, the only compassionate option, […]

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Saluting Slightly Foxed Paperbacks

Posted December 16, 2016 by Lory in brief reviews / 10 Comments
Saluting Slightly Foxed Paperbacks

As I’ve said before, the wonderful memoirs reprinted as Slightly Foxed Editions make terrific gifts. And if you’re looking for something a little smaller and lighter to slip into a stocking, or into your own pocket or handbag, take a look at Slightly Foxed Paperbacks. They have the same classic, elegant design of the hardcover […]

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Three by Betty MacDonald

Posted November 18, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
Three by Betty MacDonald

Betty MacDonald, The Plague and I (1948) Betty MacDonald, Anybody Can Do Anything (1950) Betty MacDonald, Onions in the Stew (1955) Since reading the biography Looking for Betty MacDonald, I’ve been eager to read MacDonald’s lesser-known autobiographical works. And with the new editions from the University of Washington Press, now I can! Originally published within […]

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New Release Review: Unearthed

Posted October 14, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
New Release Review: Unearthed

Alexandra Risen, Unearthed (2016) Subtitled “Love, Acceptance, and Other Lessons from an Abandoned Garden,” Unearthed is a gardening memoir that will appeal even to non-gardeners (like me). To start with, there’s the chance to vicariously experience taking an unloved, abandoned place and turning it into a magical place of refuge and healing — without having […]

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New Release Review: Marrow

Posted September 30, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
New Release Review: Marrow

Elizabeth Lesser, Marrow (2016) What are the ties that bind us as human beings? Can our thoughts and feelings influence our bodily well-being, even that of another person? How does releasing personal hurt, anger, and misunderstanding bring healing to our relationships and the world? When confronted with loss, betrayal, and death, can we learn to […]

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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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Top Ten Funniest Books by Women

Posted July 5, 2016 by Lory in lists / 32 Comments
Top Ten Funniest Books by Women

When I was writing my review of Lucky Jim, one of the most acclaimed comic novels of all time, I looked around to see what else was included on lists of the funniest books. I found that they were heavily dominated by male writers; this one from AbeBooks, for example, was chosen by British readers […]

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