Monthly Archives: December, 2011

Books I’m Reading: Anthony Trollope Biography and Mill on the Floss

Dear Reader: I’ve been focusing on writing posts once I get done with a book, but I’m in the middle of a couple of good ones and not sure when I’ll be done, so I figured I’d tell you what I’m reading. #141) The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (hard copy) I’m about …

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Learning how to read a book: Silas Marner by George Eliot

Dear Reader: I’ve been seeing George Eliot’s Middlemarch on lots of lists of best books ever and must read book lists, sometimes at the very top.  So, I decided that I wanted to read it.  I had a public domain version on my kindle, but one of the things that you miss with this is …

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The Happiness Project: Book by Gretchen Rubin

Dear Reader: I was able to get#145) The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin from my library and I read it over the past couple of weeks, about one chapter a day. …

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New Book: Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks

Dear Reader: I was at the library last week adding to my winter vacation book pile:     And I found #138) Russell Banks’ Lost Memory of Skin in the new books section.  This book has been getting a lot of attention and landed on lots of “best of 2011” book lists.  I knew that …

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Happy Holidays!

Dear Reader: I hope that you are having lovely holidays and that they include at least a little time with a good book.     While I got a lot of great reading time in over Christmas day, my favorite thing to do on holidays is take a long walk or run or ski or …

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Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple

Dear Reader: My favorite book blogger, Book Snob, has been raving about Persephone Books Press in London for awhile (if you happen to be in London, they have a storefront where you can buy books – heaven!).  Persephone is a small press specializing in publishing out of print books of great quality, particularly by women …

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The Beginning of the Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald

Dear Reader: I’ve read Fitzgerald before – I own The Knox Brothers (the story about her famous father and uncles – famous for their roles in early 20th Century Britain and for their intellectual, political, or clerical power), The Book Shop (a novel about a small town bookstore and the vagaries of village conflict), and …

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Virginia Woolf by Alexandra Harris

Dear Reader: One of the authors who intrigues me is Virginia Woolf, not only because she is considered such a major writer, but also because she was part of the lives of so other many amazing artists, such as one of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Bowen.     I found this book Virginia Woolf in …

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Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Dear Reader: Yes, I’m on a roll!  Now that I’m back, for awhile, from my many travels, I’m very much enjoying my time reading and blogging (and cooking and hiking with the dogs).  However, please note that some of these books have been pretty quick reads…. #129) Blue Nights by Joan Didion (hard copy, library) …

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Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym

Dear Reader: My recent trip to my local, public library yielded quite a stack of books.  I’m working my way through them and pleased to say I  found some gems.  As mentioned earlier, I had let my card lapse – it is in a neighboring town and costs me $80/year.  But the fact that I …

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