Bryson’s Whiny Notes from a Small Island

I’m guess I’m just not a big fan of Bill Bryson’s.  I have enjoyed his books, but I am always put off by his whining.  Yes, whining, or as the British say, whinging.  And that tone is a large part of Notes From a Small Island (1995), number 74 on the BBC book list.  As... Continue Reading →

Hemingway Week: A Farewell to Arms

I enjoyed reminiscing about Ernest Hemingway’s books so much while reading and posting on The Paris Wife, that I’ve decided to post five days this week on the works of Ernest Hemingway.  I’ll be using a lot of the information from the class I took during my Master’s degree on Hemingway, and I’ll share some... Continue Reading →

Literary Wives Series: The Starter Wife, in Paris

Three is a crowd.  This becomes abundantly clear in Paula McLain’s popular novel The Paris Wife (2011).  The fictional narrative is from Hadley Richardson Hemingway’s perspective.  She is the first (and as we learn in the end) favorite wife of American modernist author Ernest Hemingway. Please also visit the blogs of and read the reviews... Continue Reading →

I Noticed Seagulls: Birds and Breast Cancer

I can almost always see seagulls flying overhead.  They fly over my house, sometimes so high that I can barely tell they are birds.  They look like luminous white balloons tossed in tandem through the wind.  A few weeks ago, after finishing Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place (1991) by Terry Tempest Williams,... Continue Reading →

My First Flipback: Little Bee

Welp.  I read my first flipback book.  Thanks to Laura Stanfill, whose blog you can check out here, for introducing me to them!  I won a copy of The Other Hand (known as Little Bee in the United States) by Chris Cleave from this blog post by Laura.  Here's what a flipback book looks like.... Continue Reading →

The Mess of Brave New World

One of my students this summer suggested that I read Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley.  I obliged him.  And then I realized that it is book #58 on the BBC book list, so I killed two birds with one stone: pleasing people and checking a book off of my list. I can’t decide... Continue Reading →

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