How Awful Is It? Liz Nugent’s Little Cruelties (2020)

2020-11-12T12:47:19-05:00

Betty Smith gave simple advice to writers: “First: Be understanding always. Keep the understanding you have and add on to it.” As the author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)—a best-selling novel that challenged the myth of poverty as a choice, and allowed low/no-wage characters to demonstrate courage

How Awful Is It? Liz Nugent’s Little Cruelties (2020)2020-11-12T12:47:19-05:00

Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars (2020)

2020-10-22T15:54:37-05:00

Originally inspired by the 1918-2018 centenary of the Spanish Flu, Emma Donoghue began writing this novel in the tradition of her historical novels like Slammerkin and The Wonder. Her author’s note includes this statistic: “The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed more people than the First World War—an estimated 3

Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars (2020)2020-10-22T15:54:37-05:00

Overflow for #1965Club Reading

2019-05-03T11:51:34-05:00

When you have 8,409 books on your TBR list, the smallest detail can boost a handful of them to the top of the stack. Which feels tremendously specific. And terrifically random. So when Karen and Simon chose 1965 as their next reading year inspiration, a few books presented themselves

Overflow for #1965Club Reading2019-05-03T11:51:34-05:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Renny’s Daughter (1951)

2018-08-30T17:19:07-05:00

Story-wise, this is the fourteenth volume in the Jalna series, and the house is about a hundred years old. There is time to reflect here, so that when a new character, like Humphrey Bell, is introduced, readers are reminded of all the other characters who have lived in his

Mazo de la Roche’s Renny’s Daughter (1951)2018-08-30T17:19:07-05:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Wakefield’s Course (1942)

2018-08-09T10:42:12-05:00

Among my grandmother’s copies of the Jalna books, this is the only volume (so far, at least) which splits upon opening. Most of the bindings are well and evenly worn, so that the volumes fall open comfortably at almost any spot, whether closer to the front or to the

Mazo de la Roche’s Wakefield’s Course (1942)2018-08-09T10:42:12-05:00
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