A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Festival Wrap-up

Thoughts on this weekend's Savannah Book Festival.
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REVIEW: MAKING THE MONSTER

Two hundred years ago, a young woman -- barely more than a teenager -- wrote a daring novel that questioned the limits of science and discovery, and challenged notions of agency, self, family and moral obligation. Her character created a monster, but she fabricated something much more complicated.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Languishing on the TBR pile

For shame! Here are some of the books that have been on my to-be-read list the longest...
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Books for February

A calm of pleasure listens round / And almost whispers winter bye / While fancy dreams of summer sounds / And quiet rapture fills the eye... ~ from "The Shepherds Calendar - February - A Thaw" by John Clare
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REVIEW: IN THE SHADOW OF AGATHA CHRISTIE

The stories in the collection range from police procedurals to inheritance scandals to locked-room puzzles. 
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REVIEW: SUGAR MONEY

It's part Treasure Island, part Uncle Tom's Cabin, a dash of Huckleberry Finn -- but Sugar Money is something entirely its own. Told from the point-of-view and voice of Lucien, a barely thirteen-year old farm slave on Martinique, the novel is based on real events.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Faded Memory Edition

I really don’t think I am going to be able to find ten books for this one. Like an elephant, I have a really good memory, especially for books I enjoyed. And I write reviews, so I am always thinking about and writing about books I’ve read. Of course it also means I also have…
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ACCENT: BROLLIOLOGY

This is an utterly delightly social study on umbrellas -- what they have meant throughout history, how we use them today, and what they signify in literature.
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Books for January

Pavement slipp'ry, people sneezing / Lords in ermine, beggars freezing / Titled gluttons dainties carving / Genius in a garret starving. January, 1795 by Mary Darby Robinson
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Ten Books to Look Forward to in 2018

It's what we obsessive readers do -- make ever-longer lists of books we want to read. Looking ahead at the publishing calendar next year, here are some titles that have piqued my interest.
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Top Ten Favorite Books from 2017

As the year draws to a close, it is time to look back on the reading lists and piles of books for the ones that made an impression in 2017. Did your favorite make the list?
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Books for December

Tons of interesting books came out in the past few weeks and I intend to snuggle in and read them during my extended time off.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Settings I'd Like to Visit

The reason we read is to go somewhere else, if only in our minds. In some books the setting is merely a backdrop. But in others, it is pervasive. We can immerse ourselves in another world. These are eight literary places* I would like to visit. *many will be in England. Control your surprise.
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REVIEW: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Rather than a "locked room" mystery wherein the victim is found dead in a room where no one could have gotten in or out, Christie traps everyone together on a snowbound train. The victim, the suspects, and the detective are all stuck in the "locked room." The new movie version, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh is problematic but it was much better than the trailers led me to believe.
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REVIEW: THE BUTCHERING ART

Lindsey Fitzharris gives us an unflinching look at the difficult, unsettling world of early medicine through the lens of Joseph Lister's career. Here, a fierce but kindly man can be seen as a genius with a heart, not a cold figure to be dissected.
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