Category Archives: Non-Fiction

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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Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume, by Silvena Rowe (2010)

     The evenings are drawing in and all of a sudden it is chilly enough to start wearing jackets and scarves again. Autumn is a particularly beautiful season so I don’t mind – the only thing that gets me down … Continue reading

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Che Cosa è Amor?

     When both your brothers are dating pianists and one of them is a pianist himself, there’s bound to be a lot of music in your life. That suits me to a T: when they all start discussing concerts, competitions, … Continue reading

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“You Should Date a Girl Who Reads”, by Rosemarie Urquico (2011)

     Yesterday I came across this essay by Rosemarie Urquico, entitled “You should date a girl who reads”. It was written in response to Charles Warnke’s “You should date an illiterate girl”, which was published on Thought Catalog in January … Continue reading

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