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Parrots and Catholicism: Irish Short Story Writers Bowen and O’Brien

Dear Reader: Longer ago than I care to think, I promised Mel U at The Reading Life that I would join in the Irish Quarter: A Celebration of Irish Short Story event focused on bringing bloggers and readers together to discuss Irish literature.  Today, I finally got down to it, reading an Elizabeth Bowen short …

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Adultery and Goshawks: Elizabeth Bowen’s The House in Paris and Heather Allen’s Leaving a Shadow

Dear Reader: Remember how I asked you about spring light – whether it was an illusion or if it did seem different…  THANK YOU Billy Collins! It is a kind of spring morning–candid sunlight elucidating the air, a flower-ruffling breeze– Billy Collins, A History of Weather From Questions about Angels (1999) Candid sunlight – perfect!  …

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Lovers, Time Bombs, and Viennese Waltzes: Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day

Dear Reader: A lovely, sunny day today where I’m at – hope it is the same for all of you! 193) The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen “War had made them idolise day and summer; night and autumn were enemies.” (p. 3) Bowen remains a favorite of mine and I was eager to …

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8 Months, 14 Days or 258 Days, 3 Hours, 18 Minutes, 38 Seconds

Dear Reader: It has been 8 months, 14 days since I started this blog on July 17, 2011.  Seems like a good time to take stock! Reading Spot Central When I started, my goal was to a) limit myself to buying no more than 20 books in a year, b) read my own books at …

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Colons, Thunder Dogs, Gender, and Sexuality: Helen R. Hull’s Labyrinth, Last September; Borowitz’s An Unexpected Twist; Hingson’s Thunder Dog

Dear Reader: This will be another catch up post where I talk about a number of books and stories that I’ve read in the last couple weeks…. #413) An Unexpected Twist by Andy Borowitz (kindle single) Kindle singles are long essays: somewhere between book and essay length, like a novella.  Amazon has issued 169 of …

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Making It to the Top: The Big 2-0-0…

Dear Reader: Jillian has started a great new Classics Club over at Room of One’s Own.  Yay Classics!  And sorry – I accidentally hit publish when I meant to hit save draft – email subscribers, note that this post is/was not done… The idea is that you set a personal goal of reading a certain …

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Blood and Love and Dickens

Dear Reader: I’m going to kill two memes with one post today, participating in Fig and Thistle’s 200th Dickens birthday read and Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday by answering the question: What Top Ten Books Would You Recommend To Someone Who Doesn’t Read Romance Novels? #151) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens …

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Elizabeth Bowen’s The Death of the Heart

Dear Reader: Yeah!  I have finished another book: #11 The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen (HC).  The painting on the cover is an amazing match for the story, it seems like they must have commissioned it specially for the book.  But it wasn’t.  It is a painting entitled “Portrait of Marguerite van Mons” …

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Elizabeth Bowen’s Collected Stories (cont)

Dear Reader: I have been working my way through #12 The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen (hard copy).  I am very much enjoying them. This surprises me because I had believed I’d lost the ability to enjoy short stories.  But I find myself loving these stories and finding it harder to make my way through …

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The List

Dear Reader: These are the books that I will read this year. Once I have begun reading them, I will link to blog posts about them. When I have finished them, I will indicate this with a “Yes!” (this is my reinforcer word for training Gus – I use it to tell him he’s done …

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