Tag: nonfiction

Nonfiction November: Book Pairings

Posted November 14, 2016 by Lory in events / 22 Comments
Nonfiction November: Book Pairings

This week brings one of my favorite features of Nonfiction November: the Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairing, hosted by Sarah of Sarah’s Book Shelves. This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. […]

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Nonfiction November: Choosing Nonfiction

Posted November 7, 2016 by Lory in events / 36 Comments
Nonfiction November: Choosing Nonfiction

Now that Witch Week is over, it’s time to turn to another favorite event that takes place at this time of year: Nonfiction November! This week’s question, posed by Rachel of Hibernator’s Library, is: Choosing Nonfiction: What are you looking for when you pick up a nonfiction book? Do you have a particular topic you’re […]

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Nonfiction November

Posted October 29, 2016 by Lory in announcements, events / 12 Comments
Nonfiction November

This is just a quick announcement to say that I’m delighted to have been invited by Katie of Doing Dewey to be one of the hosts for Nonfiction November this year! I’ll be hosting the discussion and linkup for the last week, November 28 – December 2: New To My TBR. I’ll be busy during […]

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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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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