Monthly TBR: November Picks

It's a chilly Sunday and I've just taken some dogs for a long walk, but the brisket's in the oven, ready in a couple hours for a fulfilling meal. I'm settling down by the fire to start reading a new book this month. It's called Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr, and (see below) it's on … Continue reading Monthly TBR: November Picks


October Book Wrap-Up

So, while all of us are in recovery from Halloween weekend/night, I'm putting forward my ratings and bullet point reviews of each book I read this month. Autumn by Ali Smith - 5/5 stars  A masterpiece! Smith does it again! A contender for the Man Booker Prize this year, Smith's novel about the friendship between a … Continue reading October Book Wrap-Up

a reading update: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins

I'm only about sixty percent through The Woman in White, but it has been seeping into my dreams. The suspense thrums along, traveling under the pages, complete with peaks and troughs, but ever present and quietly escalating. The "horror" that Laura Fairlie and Marian Halcombe endure under the tyranny of Sir Percival Glyde and the odious … Continue reading a reading update: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins

Marilynne Robinson on “the dance with language”

Author Marilynne Robinson is a true lover of words. In a recent New York Times Book Review essay, she divulged her love of the essentials of words, particularly in Emily Dickinson -- a poet of "parsimoniousness". As Robinson admits, with writing, she is drawn to that movement toward essentials, away from all secondary definitions, all … Continue reading Marilynne Robinson on “the dance with language”