Daily Scotland: Excursions to Haddington, East Lothian and Dean Village, Edinburgh

    Life's been challenging for Chris and me this past week. Outside forces have been exerting a lot of negative energy, leaving us two anxiety-ridden insomniacs walking around like yawning zombies. The onset of autumn hasn't helped. Shortening days coupled with cold winds and driving rain don't improve the mood. But then it's Scotland, …

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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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#Woolfalong: Complete Shorter Fiction, briefly begun

I'm joining in HeavenAli's #Woolfalong read for May/June, the shorter fiction leg: Phase 3 – May/June – shorter fiction – any collection of short stories. This list of possibles from Wikipedia: • Kew Gardens (1919) • Monday or Tuesday (1921) • A Haunted House and Other Short Stories (1944) • Mrs Dalloway’s Party (1973) • …

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Not afraid of Virginia Woolf. Or the Brontes.

I don't know if there's a better assertion of my rediscovered reading freedom than returning to the Victorians. I've had this book in my collection at least a decade,  a volume I picked up at the now-defunct annual book sale sponsored by Brandeis University.  Tens of thousands of books, such an unfathomable number you owed …

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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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