Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Tea Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly (2002)

          With a name like The Tea Rose, it was probably inevitable that I would end up buying this book at some point. Such titles are as seductive to me as cheese is to a mouse. In the event, … Continue reading

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The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene (1951)

     The End of the Affair tells the story of Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles’ illicit love affair in wartime London. One stormy night several years after the war, Bendrix unexpectedly crosses paths with Sarah’s husband, Henry, standing in the … Continue reading

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Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)

          With more than 10 million copies sold worldwide and a $60 million budget Brad Pitt-produced movie adaptation, I don’t think it’s necessary anymore to present Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything. I saw … Continue reading

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For or Against the Historical Novel?

    I have always loved historical novels. As a girl, I was never interested in what has become known as “teen literature”. I had enough gum-chewing high school classmates struggling with parental authority and weight issues, obsessing over their latest crush … Continue reading

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The Echoing Grove, by Rosamond Lehmann (1953)

         Yes, it was going to happen eventually: sooner or later, I was bound to bring up Rosamond Lehmann. The irony of it is that the first book of hers I’m going to discuss is the one I like the … Continue reading

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