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Back to Reading for Pleasure

It has been years since I’ve felt like I’ve read for pleasure. I mean, of course I have, but even when I was, I felt like I had to post a detailed analysis… Continue reading

A Little Du Maurier

I’ve read Rebecca (1938) by Daphne Du Maurier. It is a great book of suspense. I read it as part of the BBC book list that I was reading from when I started this… Continue reading

What Would Marsha Do?

I’ve had a stressful and unhappy year. My oldest daughter barely survived seventh grade. There were enough tears to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and there were many nights spent worrying over her.… Continue reading

Literary Wives: Gaining Perspective on Zelda

I’ve always thought that Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, was crazy.  In a bad way.  I dismissed her and often thought negatively of her.  This point of view is… Continue reading

What I Bought

My last post gushed over visiting Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon. Today’s post is a report of what I bought while there.   I also purchased a few books at the… Continue reading

City of Books

I am visiting Portland, Oregon, this week for an academic conference and to receive an award for my dissertation (yay!). Yesterday, I visited Powell’s City of Books. It is amazing. It was my… Continue reading

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad: A Metaphor

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (2016) tricked me for a moment. It portrays the famous underground railroad, a network of abolitionists and volunteers who helped slaves escape the south and head north in… Continue reading

Literary Wives: Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife

I began this novel with a sigh. After reading the first few pages, I thought, “Not another novel written from a female perspective that is all about how important her husband is.” I… Continue reading

I Marched

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what it’s for.” –Laurel Clark (astronaut killed in Columbia accident) I marched with a group of 200 men and women on Saturday in one… Continue reading

Which Alexander McCall Smith Series?

I recently tried to read Corduroy Mansions, the first book in a series by Alexander McCall Smith. As you may recall, I love Smith’s work. But after starting, and then stopping, this book,… Continue reading