Sealed: Rereading Carol Shields (A Celibate Season)

2020-08-26T12:47:25-05:00

Many of the letters in A Memoir of Friendship are about writing and reading, books and manuscripts; Blanche Howard and Carol Shields swapped book recommendations and writing frustrations and philosophies alongside the everyday stuff and nonsense of life. In 1993, Blanche wrote to Carol Shields, two years after their

Sealed: Rereading Carol Shields (A Celibate Season)2020-08-26T12:47:25-05:00

Seeds: Rereading Carol Shields (The Box Garden)

2020-08-17T15:33:07-05:00

It wasn’t so long ago that I was rereading The Box Garden (for #1977Club). But last year I was thinking only of Charleen and had forgotten whatever I’d ever known about her sister Judith, whom I’ve recently gotten reacquainted with, rereading Shields’ debut, Small Ceremonies (1976) earlier this year.

Seeds: Rereading Carol Shields (The Box Garden)2020-08-17T15:33:07-05:00

Rereading and Our Past Reading Selves (Also, Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca)

2020-07-29T09:20:39-05:00

A lot of readers discover Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca as teenagers, but I was fully grown and reading books inspired by browsing the local feminist bookshop, writers like Audre Lorde and Marilyn Frye, bell hooks and Gloria Alzandúa. In my stacks that year, 87% of the books were

Rereading and Our Past Reading Selves (Also, Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca)2020-07-29T09:20:39-05:00

Still Thinking about The Handmaid’s Tale #MARM

2019-11-18T16:34:47-05:00

We’re more than halfway through the month of #MARM and today is Margaret Atwood’s 80th birthday. Naomi and I are supposed to be deep into discussions about The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments (her spoiler-free launch of The Ts discussion is here). But I’ve still got my head in

Still Thinking about The Handmaid’s Tale #MARM2019-11-18T16:34:47-05:00
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