Monthly Archives: October 2013

Jo Baker, “Longbourn”

So how do you feel about all of these Jane Austen knockoffs? I was underwhelmed by Death Comes to Pemberley and won’t have anything to do with mashups and vampires. I  have been anticipating Joanna Trollope’s update on Sense and Sensibility with … Continue reading

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Edith Wharton, “The Custom of the Country”

Yes, I read & discussed this last spring. But The Custom of the Country is 100 years old and The Mount (Edith Wharton’s Lenox, MA home, open now to the public) is doing a year-long blog on it. They invited … Continue reading

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Phillip Rock, “The Passing Bells”

Here’s a book I’ve had on my shelves for thirty years. It’s survived purge after purge because I remembered enjoying it so much the first time I read it. But it wasn’t until I saw that Phillip Rock’s The Passing … Continue reading

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We Knew This Already

You know those scientific studies that prove something you figured out long ago? News flash here is that reading literary fiction promotes empathy. Yes — you understand people better if you read novels that include complex characters and emotional dilemmas … Continue reading

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John Le Carre, “The Constant Gardener”

I don’t go looking for bleakness, at least not these days. So I finished The Constant Gardener with some puzzlement. What is it that periodically draws me back to John Le Carré? He’s like that bad boyfriend who makes you feel … Continue reading

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