Monthly Archives: November 2012

Stella Gibbons, “Cold Comfort Farm”

I have never lived in a dwelling without a copy of Stella Gibbons‘ Cold Comfort Farm. It’s basic equipment, like a tea kettle. You re-read it periodically to experience, once again, the brisk pleasures of Our Heroine Flora Poste’s effect on … Continue reading

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Jane Gardam, “Crusoe’s Daughter”

There are a lot of books on the market that are more or less interchangeable,  and I read ’em and like ’em. But then there’s Jane Gardam, whose work sounds so conventional. Crusoe’s Daughter, for instance, is about a woman … Continue reading

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Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”

Wow. That was intense. I’m still shaking my head over Gone Girl. Yes, it is incredibly gripping. It has that…. that thing, where you just cannot let it go. Maybe it won’t let you go, because Gillian Flynn has written this … Continue reading

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