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

Pursuit: Gil Adamson’s Ridgerunner (2020)

2020-10-07T18:25:21-05:00

I read Gil Adamson’s The Outlander (2007) in February 2009, on my daily subway commute, and on the afternoon that I was nearly finished reading, I started a conversation about it with another commuter, who was also reading it. I waited until I’d moved towards the door, prepared to

Pursuit: Gil Adamson’s Ridgerunner (2020)2020-10-07T18:25:21-05:00

Summer Reading To-Do List for Sunny Days (2 of 4)

2020-03-31T12:14:55-05:00

Such good reading this summer, so far. In other respects, perhaps mine has not been the most productive summer. But it all depends what one puts on a to-do list, doesn't it! What if your to-do list was all about the books in your stacks? Little, Brown and Company, 2015

Summer Reading To-Do List for Sunny Days (2 of 4)2020-03-31T12:14:55-05:00

Talking Time: Life after Life, The Luminaries

2015-10-20T07:58:55-05:00

Random House, 2013 The slippery question of time is often posed on the page. And with books, it’s different. In music, listeners are engaged at a pace dictated by the composer’s notation, beats counted as the bars pass, the audience arriving synchronously at the end of the piece.

Talking Time: Life after Life, The Luminaries2015-10-20T07:58:55-05:00

Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014)

2020-10-01T16:18:44-05:00

Like Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, Alice Hoffman's novel begins from a place of belonging. Scribner - Simon & Schuster, 2014 Coralie is a professional mermaid in early twentieth-century Coney Island, who grows up with the Wolfman and various other characters who seem to step from the pages of

Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014)2020-10-01T16:18:44-05:00
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