A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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REVIEW: Dear Mrs. Bird

Emmy has been hired to help sort reader letters for the advice columnist Mrs. Bird. A gruff, old-fashioned woman, she refuses to answer anything that references the "unpleasantness," so Emmy begins to write her own replies.
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It's Monday - June 11

As we launch into summer, I'm trying to get a handle on my reading (and review) list for the next couple of months. I know -- a largely futile task. Here is a look at what I am reading now.
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REVIEW: Colonial Horrors

Early American cemeteries with grinning skull tombstones. Wood beam buildings with low ceilings. Early winter nights buffeted against gaping brick hearths. Old maple trees that creak in the wind.
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Books for June

In May, I took a little vacation and did a bit of traveling, which resulted in a bit less reading than usual for me. Having returned back to reality -- and an already very hot and muggy hometown -- I'm reorganizing the TBR pile for summer. Here's a look at what I'm reading this month.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Leaving for other worlds

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is bookish worlds we'd want to live in, or at least visit. Since I have spent most of my life imagining other worlds, this should be a cinch.
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ACCENT: LAST EQUATION OF ISAAC SEVERY

Isaac Severy, a brilliant physicist and mathematician is dead, and our protagonist is launched into a strange, real life scavenger hunt.
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Recent DNFs

As much as I love to read, sometimes there are books that just don't hit the right tone for me. But that doesn't mean it's terrible or that some of my readers might not be interested. These are books I did-not-finish (DNF) recently, but might deserve a second look from another reader.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Poems

April is National Poetry Month and this week's topic for Top Ten Tuesday is open, so I thought I would share lines from some of my favorite poets.
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REVIEW: Circe

Miller has written more than a novel; she has drawn a psychological sketch of a previously minor character in the mythological panoply.
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Books for April

This I saw on an April day / Warm rain spilt from a sun-lined cloud / A sky-flung wave of gold at evening ~James Hearst
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that take place in another country

Sometimes the best plane ticket we have is a good book. It's certainly the most reliable time machine (so far). I love reading about far off places, especially ones I want to see for real, someday. Here are some of my favorite books that live in another place.
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ACCENT: THE MERRY SPINSTER

Ortberg embraces the matter-of-fact-despite-the-unreality writing style of folklore and fairy tales. Like an aquarium keeper, she points out the silliness of the imaginary world while her characters are trapped within it.
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GIVEAWAY: The Broken Girls

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants-—the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too-smart-for-their-own-good, and there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Win a copy of THE BROKEN GIRLS by Simone St. James in two easy steps. 
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REVIEW: I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK

McNamara outlines the specifics of the mystery in searing exactitude. She pulls bizarre and vivid details from witness statements and police reports, breathing new life into the cold case.
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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Book Quotes

“I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.” ― P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
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