REVIEW: ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK

Rather than a biography of Arthur Conan Doyle, this is a history of all of the people surrounding the world’s greatest consulting detective. Instead of trying to encompass a whole (very accomplished) life, Sims chooses to take a magnifying glass to Conan Doyle’s early professional life as a student, doctor and writer, up until the…

ACCENT: AMERICAN GHOST by Hannah Nordhaus

I am very lucky to have a grandmother and a father who are very into genealogy and ancestry. She held on to family quilts and dug up photos of relatives long since gone. I have the strange privilege of looking back on this people, 150 years ago, knowing that although we never met, we are…

REVIEW: CARELESS PEOPLE by Sarah Churchwell

This is a must-read for any Gatsby enthusiast, English lit student, or lover of the Jazz Age.  Churchwell carefully pieces together very specific events in the Fitzgeralds’ lives and relates them to Scott’s most famous work, The Great Gatsby.  These are not wild hunches or bizarre theories.  She draws from scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, letters from friends,…

GIVEAWAY: THE REAL JANE AUSTEN

GIVEAWAY I have TWO copies available for this title, which I reviewed here. Description from the publisher: Unlike the conventional cradle to grave biography, THE REAL JANE AUSTEN focuses on a variety of key moments, scenes, and objects in both the life and work of Jane Austen. As described in The New York Times Book…

ACCENT: NOSTRADAMUS by Stephane Gerson

The turn of a new year is as good a time as any to revisit our plans and perhaps read a horoscope or two.  For some people these predictions are literal.  Others find it to be an amusement but nothing more.  This book asserts nothing about Nostradamus’s ability or even prognosticators in general.  Instead, Gerson…

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