In My Stacks, May 2016

2017-07-20T18:03:10+00:00

How much of your reading is non-fiction? Does it fluctuate, or are you committed to reading (or not reading) it? When others were participating in non-fiction November last year, and actually reading a lot of the books that I'd been kinda-half-sorta thinking about reading, I realised that tending towards fiction

In My Stacks, May 2016 2017-07-20T18:03:10+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Picnic” (1952)

2017-03-26T10:55:23+00:00

The weight of the brooch pulls the fabric of young Margaret Marshall's picnic frock. It always hangs just fine off her navy blue shorts, but the light-weight dress doesn't provide a suitable backdrop. How disappointing for young Margaret, who so treasures this gift from Madame Pégorin, the photo of the woman's beloved

Mavis Gallant’s “The Picnic” (1952) 2017-03-26T10:55:23+00:00

Margaret Millar’s The Listening Walls (1959; 2016)

2017-03-06T16:21:14+00:00

Although some of the characters in the Margaret Millar mysteries I have read answer their own phones, many answer other people's phones instead: the telephones of older or more privileged relatives or those of their bosses. There's even a switchboard operator in the mix, along with a woman better known

Margaret Millar’s The Listening Walls (1959; 2016) 2017-03-06T16:21:14+00:00

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am (2016)

2016-11-10T10:55:29+00:00

In interview with Mark Medley in September, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses his new book, Here I Am, in such a way that it's clear it feels distinct from his other writing for him. Hamish Hamilton - PRH, 2016 Many of the attendees are carrying copies of his earlier

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am (2016) 2016-11-10T10:55:29+00:00

Reasons to read Gary Barwin’s Yiddish for Pirates (2016)

2017-07-20T17:43:35+00:00

For a love of birds with wings, especially parrots. "But what did happen to Adam and Eve? Did they hollow out the Tree of Knowledge, make a canoe and then paddle east to Europe? Fnyeh. Not these Heyerdahls. But, if there ever were an Adam and Eve, who knows where they

Reasons to read Gary Barwin’s Yiddish for Pirates (2016) 2017-07-20T17:43:35+00:00