Winter 2019: In My Reading Log


There’s a shadow over Cherie Dimaline’s latest novel, Empire of Wild (2019). Part of it could appear in a history text: “In the church and at his Catholic day school, the priests called seven the age of reason. Moshom called it the age of learning how the hell to

Winter 2019: In My Reading Log2021-01-06T12:23:29-05:00

Memories of making a perfect snowman


Little, Brown & Company, 2012 Reagan Arthur Imprint If you grew up in a country where it snows, you probably have at least one memory of making a snowman. Mine never turned out looking like they did in storybooks; the snow wasn't always quite right, the shapes were

Memories of making a perfect snowman2014-07-11T16:27:30-05:00

Tolkien’s The Father Christmas Letters


Did you even know about these? The first was written by J.R.R. Tolkien to his children in 1920, and the collection was edited by Baillie Tolkien. (The last one, too, appears in the collection, although it's just a sampling of the oeuvre.) I discovered it this past autumn,

Tolkien’s The Father Christmas Letters2014-03-15T18:23:04-05:00

Lee Smith’s Christmas Letters


What a cozy little volume to read in December. Based around the series of annual letters written by the women of one family, this is not a plot-driven chronicle. It's a meditative, quiet collection of updates on everyday family life. You know, the Christmas Letter. As the author indicates in

Lee Smith’s Christmas Letters2014-03-15T17:52:50-05:00

L. Frank Baum’s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902)


L. Frank Baum’s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902) Illus. Mary Cowles Clark Dover Publications, 1976 Of course when I was young, I would read this any time of year. But as an adult, I revisit it on the holidays. The way that other readers turn to Dickens

L. Frank Baum’s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902)2012-04-17T15:20:31-05:00
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