A Sunday Commonplace

Books mentioned in this post: Review copies: The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan - finished Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres The Past by Tessa Hadley The Marches: A Borderland Journey between England and Scotland by Rory Stewart Mercury by Margot Livesey The Black Notebook by Patrick Modiano (transl: Mark Polizzotti) Purchases: Victorian Bloomsbury by Rosemary Ashton Every Single …

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The Brontes, Don DeLillo and Roald Dahl, and other semi-lunatic ravings

Books mentioned in this post: Various biographies of the Brontes Someone Like You by Roald Dahl White Noise by Don DeLillo   What passes for literary criticism these days are underlined or bracketed passages, words penned in the margins of books I'm reading. Occasionally, I'll take a picture of a particularly striking passage, or the …

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2015: a year in (interrupted and chaotic) reading

Bluestalking does not tell anywhere near the full tale of my 2015 reading, a secret shame for any book reviewer, not to mention generally voracious reader. My blog should reflect all I've read in any given year, not just the smattering I was able to pull it together enough to write about. It should be …

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man booker 2015: i’m fucked

Things were going along well, so tidy, so well-kempt, all picket fences and Sunday afternoon lawnmowers pushed by men in white shirts with cut-off jeans, baseball caps protecting dear, shiny heads. All signs pointed to Marilynne Robinson for the Man Booker 2015 win. God was in his heaven. I sat on the front porch sipping …

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‘Twas the week of Thanksgiving

Welcome to the week of Thanksgiving, a time when we Colonials observe the gratitude our ancestors felt for having produced a bumper crop of food to sustain them through the upcoming winter, thanks largely to the help and advice of the Native Americans, without whom we'd have been screwed. As some versions of history have …

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Reading Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

Hardcover: 464 pages Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 0307958345 ISBN-13: 978-0307958341 Jane Franklin and brother Benjamin were so close they were called "Benny and Jenny." Unlike her famous and learned brother, Jane Franklin could not even spell correctly, though she loved to read, probably making her way through all her …

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Anti-social thieves and an unconventional book shop

The Thief by Ruth Rendell Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Arrow; Export e. edition (2 Mar 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0099502267 ISBN-13: 978-0099502265 The Brits have so many delicious short read editions it's not even fair.  There are the Penguin Shorts I've known about for years (and have been collecting) but I'd never heard of this …

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