Tag Archives: Books

#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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Musing Mondays, Cannot Tell a Lie

Today’s Musing Mondays prompt: Other than for school, do you read books to learn how to do something? What was/were the topic(s)? There are a several types of how-to books I read from time to time. I sometimes pick up … Continue reading

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Musing Monday, sound of silence

This weeks prompt: Do you listen to audiobooks? Why or why not? No, I don’t — because I work from home. If I commuted I could see myself doing it — assuming I could find audio versions of books I … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesdays . . . and omg I’m a such a lit nerd

So the idea is you turn to a random page in the book you’re reading, and pick out two sentences, and post them. I thought I’d play along, only I just started reading Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal. So my … Continue reading

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“When Libby . . .” A romance novel. Sort of.

Like many of us writers, I’ve finished more than one novel — if by “finished” you mean there are files on my hard drive with lots of words in them. I’ve also done what “they” advise writers to do: after … Continue reading

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For your reading list

Author Hannah Sternberg (debut YA novel just out)  has an essay with an interesting premise: “B-side books” — less-than-famous novels by famous writers.  

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Speaking of books that make a difference . . .

It’s easy enough to assert that books “make a difference” — now Alain de Botton has gone a step further to explain how: One effect of writing . . . is that, once readers have put the book down and … 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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Steinbeck’s story breaks into a Million Little Pieces

Pretty amazing bit of literary investigation, here. Bill Steigerwald set off to retrace the trip John Steinbeck recounted in Travels with Charley, and discovered that the trip was largely fictionalized. My initial motives for digging into Travels With Charley were … Continue reading

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