For the Brontes

THE MADWOMAN UPSTAIRS by Catherine Lowell For someone like me — obsessed with Gothic literature, wrote their masters thesis on the “madwoman in the attic” in film and makes jokes about being “gaslit” — this book was serious fun. The spunky narrator, Samantha Whipple, has just been admitted to Oxford to study English literature. She…

Books for August

  Summer, do your worst! / Light your tinsel moon, and call on / Your performing stars to fall on / Headlong through your paper sky; — August by Dorothy Parker THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS by Sy Montgomery   From the publisher: In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy…

ACCENT: The Allure of the East

As I have said in past posts, I am an unabashed Orientalist – though, not, perhaps, as Edward Said meant it. I am truly fascinated by those ancient civilizations and I look upon them with respect and admiration. These two books, nonfiction both, only make my curiosity stronger. And make me feel sorry I missed the…

ARMCHAIR BEA: Giveaways

Hello Book Lovers!  Thanks to some awesome publicists, I’ve got some great giveaways for you, so let’s get going! Up first is SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness, along with a pack of exclusive buttons! A Discovery of Witches introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together…

GIVEAWAY: A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

Christmas hustle and bustle got you harried?  Want to win something? For yourself?  You don’t have to tell… just leave a comment below and  you’ll be entered to win a copy of A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, out in paperback this December 27.  Easier than reciting a magic spell! Here’s a bit about the book: –…

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