New books about Austen, Woolf and the Brontës

  2017: A Year of Literary Nonfiction Celebrating British Women Writers Hat tip to nonfiction scribblers assiduously churning out new literary biographies and criticism about these iconic female authors each and every year. Convinced surely there could be no new angle, I’m always pleasantly surprised when out pops a new one. Wherever this New Idea …

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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 new world by andrew motion

Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Crown (July 14, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 0804138451 ISBN-13: 978-0804138451 [Amazon Vine program] In The New World, former British Poet Laureate Andrew Motion continues the tale begun by RL Stevenson in his novel Treasure Island, serialized in a children's magazine between 1881 and 1882. Main characters Jim Hawkins and Natty Silver, …

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a replacement life by boris fishman

  [ARC via Amazon Vine program] Slava Gelman is a young writer trying to get a foothold on the slippery slope from low-ranking nobody to published writer, with a byline in Century, a high-profile magazine where he works. So far achieving little respect, his ideas largely overlooked, he's mired in frustration. If he's to succeed, he …

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Adeline by Norah Vincent

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 7, 2015) Language: English $ 23.00   The degree of difficulty involved in writing Adeline must have been great. I can't imagine how long Vincent spent reading bios about Woolf, her letters and diaries. I'm deeply impressed by the breadth of scholarship involved. In her notes, she …

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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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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Hardcover: 848 pages Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (October 15, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316074314 ISBN-13: 978-0316074315 “Reason is no match for desire: when desire is purely and powerfully felt, it becomes a kind of reason of its own.” - The Luminaries "It’s a lot of fun, like doing a Charlotte Brontë-themed …

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