Mavis Gallant’s “Treading Water” (1982)


Fans of E.M. Delafield’s Provincial Lady’s diaries will find many chuckles in this very short excerpt from the imagined diary kept by composer Richard Wagner’s mistress (who became his wife seven years after their relationship began). The story is subtitled “More Sturm und Drang from Cosima Wagner’s Diaries” and

Mavis Gallant’s “Treading Water” (1982)2018-02-26T11:37:30-05:00

Eowyn Ivey’s To the Bright Edge of the World (2016)


Research for Eowyn Ivey's new book took her into the heart of Alaska and onto the Copper River, described here, long before the draft was complete and bound and the book published. Little Brown and Company Hachette, 2016 Official publication day is today, the launch in Palmer, Alaska. On the page, the

Eowyn Ivey’s To the Bright Edge of the World (2016)2016-07-27T14:36:19-05:00

In My Reading Log


The majority of my reading time this year has been devoted to the books which have been living for years, though neglected, on my own bookshelves. In May and June, I had a planned rebellion, and I enjoyed a great number of new books. But now I have returned to

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February 2015, In My Stacks


No matter how dilgent one has been with one's read-o-lutions, February is not the shortest month but the longest test. If it had a chapter heading? In which all your good bookish intentions will flake away like paper splinters from the spine of a well-loved paperback. And, yet, my February reading, one

February 2015, In My Stacks2020-10-01T12:53:21-05:00

January 2015, In My Bookbag


Isn't there something satisfying about beginning to read someone's published diaries in a January, when those diaries begin in some other long-ago January? Dawn Powell's diaries have been on my shelves for more than a decade but suddenly, in this January, I felt compelled to begin reading them. It sat beside other

January 2015, In My Bookbag2017-07-24T15:26:10-05:00
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