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Love, Sex, Pain and The Whole Damned Thing… or October Book Club

On a dark and windy (but not stormy) night, just before Halloween, my book club gathered at the beautiful home of one our members, to eat and drink and talk about war. More specifically about books on World War I. …

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Illuminating The Luminaries…

In which a lowly blogger and former English teacher explains why she trashes this award winning book. I love to read. Most of the time. But not all of the time. And this week is one of those ‘not all of the …

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Murder, She Writes

I know, I know… I wrote a post on “murder” only a few weeks ago. It must be all this shopping for jeans… frustration, failure, more frustration. I can’t sit still to read a literary novel and so fall back …

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Mitford Madness

As fall approaches and shopping for those perfect autumn sweaters heats up (pun intended) …. I’m not just perusing the pages of glossy fashion mags. I’m also deeply mired in the world of 1930’s English aristocrats, balls and coming out parties, …

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Addicted To Murder

The sun is shining; it’s a beautiful weekend, and I  am inside with my nose stuck in a book. I can’t help it… I am addicted to reading. And if I don’t get the required hours immersed in my book …

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Enchanted By Coming of Age Novels … Whatever the Age

I love coming of age novels. Especially ones which make me feel that life is worth living. That we will struggle through difficult times, but afterward find ourselves remade better, stronger, smarter, more self aware, less self destructive… happier, maybe. …

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The Wild and Wonderful Consequences of Reading

I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t read … and I mean read for pleasure, not for work or for school or for the purpose of navigating everyday life. In a wonderful Penelope Lively book …

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Troubled by the Troubles: On Adrian McKinty, Northern Ireland and Spring … Maybe

It’s early April and spring is trying very hard to make an appearance, not altogether successfully. There’s a cold rain falling today; the snow outside my window is dirty and receding to show wet, brown grass and muck. I’m off …

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Five Canadian Authors Who Are Gone, But Not Forgotten

Mavis Gallant died in February. For those of you who have never heard of her, she was a renowned Canadian writer of superb short stories. I listened to a discussion of her life and interviews with friends and acquaintances on …

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Eirinn go Brach : On Irish Books and Ireland

I’m a binge reader. If I  find an author I like or become interested in an era or a place, I will read everything I can get my hands on written by or about my new interest…fiction, memoir, biography…anything. One …

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