Category Archives: Book Reviews

Great Libby Review — I’m very chuffed!

It’s been said too many times by too many other writers to be anything but a cliché — but wow — there’s nothing in the world that feels quite like it, when someone reads your book and likes it and … Continue reading

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I heart my (violent) readers

News flash! “When Libby Met the Fairies” is NOT a stock romance. So no — I’m not sorry Libby isn’t a “strong,” Feminist, heroic character — because that’s not what she is. She’s a troubled and rather weak woman, yanked … Continue reading

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#bestreads2011 Blog Hop. Kindleriffic!

Thanks to John Wiswell for hosting this blog hop! Please go visit his blog for more #bestreads2011. Here are mine :-) A Classic Portrait of a Lady. One of the great things about my Kindle is that there are so … Continue reading

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Friday Find. The Blessing, by Gregory Orr.

I have my dad to thank for this one. He grew up in the same town as the author (Germantown, NY), bought the book, and lent it to me. The Blessing is a memoir about a tragic family that opens … Continue reading

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Writers like to believe they can change the world. This one actually did.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Fergus Bordewich reviews Mightier Than the Sword by David S. Reynolds: a book about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Bordewich quotes from the book that in the first year after its release, … Continue reading

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Johnny Appleseed preached Swedenborg????

That wasn’t in the Disney version! John Chapman (Appleseed’s real name) kept Swedenborg’s “Heaven and Hell” with the Bible in his cookpot hat. Arriving at a house on one of his walkabouts, he would greet the inhabitants: “Will you have … Continue reading

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Would you join an ebook review exchange club?

I have an idea to help new ebook writers (novelists, to start) get reviews on places like Amazon and B&N. Here’s how it would work. A writer with a published e-novel would submit a review copy to me. The writer … Continue reading

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Vocabularious contrarionous

So I finished reading Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London’s Jazz Age by D.J. Taylor (part of an Evelyn Waugh thing I’ve taken on — g*d I’m such a lit nerd! lol). Some similarities between that generation & … Continue reading

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On “American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson”

In the prologue to his biography of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Ellis shares several anecdotes about people who, upon learning that he was writing the book, volunteered their input into how he should approach his subject. If you’ve spent any time … Continue reading

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A tale of two tragedies

Having watched West Side Story a few weeks ago, I came down with a severe relapse of the Shakespeare bug and so last night sat down and re-read Romeo and Juliet. I wanted to see how closely the movie followed … Continue reading

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