August 2016, In My Bookbag


In which I discuss some of the skinny volumes, which have nestled into my bookbag. (Meanwhile longer works, like Kathleen Winsor's Forever Amber and Greg Iles’ The Bone Tree, were left at home.) Patricia and Fredrick McKissack's Best Shot in the West tells the story of Nat Love, who was born into

August 2016, In My Bookbag2020-10-22T12:21:51-05:00

Still the same old story? (On Trials of the Earth)


Mary Mann Hamilton's Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman was originally writen in the 1930s, recounting her experiences pioneering. The chronicle begins in the 1880s in Missouri, moving into Arkansas, with her being crowded into a marriage, as a wife but not an equal. Little Brown

Still the same old story? (On Trials of the Earth)2021-02-01T16:13:09-05:00

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

On the page, on the screen


Back in the days when you taped movies onto video cassettes, I was recording "Anna Karenina" to watch another time, when I turned on the television -- thinking the film was over and the credits would be running past -- and I could not unsee the last few seconds of the story

On the page, on the screen2017-07-20T17:55:53-05:00

February 2016, In My Stacks


It's a bright sunny day, when I snap this photo. I'm even more optimistic when I think of a month's reading, when the sun shines. More hours with good reading light. And, in February. What could be better. You can see the sheen of it in the image, the veil

February 2016, In My Stacks2019-03-20T14:35:21-05:00
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