Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Consolations of the Forest, by Sylvain Tesson (2011)

The summer before my senior year of high school, we moved from Washington DC to Moscow. It was the first time my father had been posted to a non-English speaking country since Japan in the early eighties, and the biggest … Continue reading

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James Herriot Country

And so, another school year is under way. While I did not relish sitting through endless, tedious start-of-term meetings, and bidding adieu to mornings in bed is proving to be a wrench, it has been fun catching up with colleagues … Continue reading

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Classic Quilts, by Laura Beresford and Katherine Hebert (2009)

     A little while ago, I finally got around to reading Tracy Chevalier’s 2013 novel The Last Runaway, which tells the story of Honor Bright, a young Quaker woman who leaves England to start a new life in Ohio in … Continue reading

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A Postcard From Melk

There is something so delightfully romantic about getting postcards from abroad! Yesterday I received one of Melk Abbey, in Austria, from an American friend who spent the month of March touring Europe. Austria is down on my list of places … Continue reading

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The Nightwood, by Robin Muller (1991)

     Oh dear, oh dear. It’s been ages since I posted a book review. Somehow January and February slipped by without my noticing, and March seems set on following their lead. Oops. And yet it seems like only yesterday that … Continue reading

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Christmas with Judi Dench

It was in the Slightly Foxed December newsletter that I first saw mention of this wonderful CD. “Given for Christmas” is a selection of Christmas-themed prose and poetry, read by a stellar cast of British actors and recorded at St … Continue reading

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Nicomedes, by Pierre Corneille (1658)

2nd century B.C. Rome’s enemies are falling one  by one. The great Hannibal is dead and there is no-one left to prevent Rome from stretching its greedy fingers out towards Asia Minor and the kingdom of Bithynia. King Prusias is … Continue reading

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