Tolstoy: How history differs, for historians and for artists

From “A Few Words Apropos of the Book War and Peace” (1868) (5) The divergence between my description of historical events and the accounts of historians. It is not accidental, Continue ReadingTolstoy: How history differs, for historians and for artists

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Washington Loves Romance announces next book-club titles

Need a great list of books to read? Here’s what we’ll be reading and talking about for the rest of the year over on Washington Loves Romance. WLR is an online book Continue ReadingWashington Loves Romance announces next book-club titles

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Thanks, Jean Craighead George

I discovered yesterday that the author of one of my favorite books in childhood had been a reporter for the very paper I read every day, The Washington Post. Sadly, Continue ReadingThanks, Jean Craighead George

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How the reading is going

So, book club started the year with FIFTH BUSINESS, by Robertson Davies, this first of his Deptford trilogy. I read it in two days, enjoying the flawed narrator and the Continue ReadingHow the reading is going

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At RWA: ‘Readers for life’

On Wednesday, the Romance Writers of America national conference opens its doors to the public from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for its annual “Readers for Life” mega-autographing session. Buy books! Continue ReadingAt RWA: ‘Readers for life’

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Bumpy first ride

Day 3 of Nasty Head Cold, so I haven’t gotten as much work done as I planned this week (plus, as a plague-carrier, I should skip this cool WRW workshop Continue ReadingBumpy first ride

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Swedes live in interesting times, too

Just finished the first ‘Kurt Wallander’ mystery, FACELESS KILLERS by Henning Mankell. The series is highly recommended by mystery-loving friends, but I found it less mysterious and more a comedy Continue ReadingSwedes live in interesting times, too

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Brain in poetry

Check out The White Museum, by George Bilgere. I was tipped to it by a friend who reads The Writer’s Almanac on American Public Media’s site. Last week I stayed Continue ReadingBrain in poetry

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Genre v. Literary

Finished Rabbit, Run this weekend for book club; will have more to say (esp. about his amazing tricks with POV) after I’ve digested it a bit more. But one thing Continue ReadingGenre v. Literary

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Adult in UK, Children’s in US

I just finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. One of my friends in book club raved about it so much we decided it would be our book of the Continue ReadingAdult in UK, Children’s in US

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