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Musings



... on searching for, collecting, and eventually reading, literature



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You can find me on LibraryThing …Laura

Sun, 01 Sep 2013 11:08:54 +0000

I’ve been scarce around these parts lately; in fact, I didn’t publish a single post in August.  And, to be honest, my blogging has been on a decline all year.  I tried to stay on top of reviews, and managed fairly well up to this month, but other content just hasn’t been forthcoming.  I’m still […](image)


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Review: Miss Mapp, by E.F. BensonLaura

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:40:29 +0000

Miss Mapp is the second in E. F. Benson‘s Mapp & Lucia series, satirizing early 20th century provincial English village life.  In this volume we meet Elizabeth Mapp, a notable busybody in the town of Tilling, who spends an inordinate amount of time spying on and gossiping about her neighbors, and using the information she […](image)


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The Sunday Salon: My August Book StackLaura

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:10:17 +0000

July turned out to be a decent month for reading, better than expected, which is a good thing since I was in a bit of a funk a month ago.  I finished six books this month, five from my July book stack, and an impulse read: E.F. Benson’s Miss Mapp (review coming soon).  I’ve actually […](image)


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Review: Taking Chances, by Molly KeaneLaura

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:09:14 +0000

This is one of Molly Keane’s earlier novels, published in 1929 when the author was in her mid-20s.  She wrote about what she knew: the Irish landed class, with their propensity for dogs and hunting.  Taking Chances is based on a familiar construct, in which a stranger’s arrival upsets the order of daily living.  Roguey, Maeve, […](image)


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Review: One by One in the Darkness, by Deidre MaddenLaura

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:29:56 +0000

I am so grateful for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), for introducing me to Deirdre Madden.  I read her 2009 shortlisted novel, Molly Fox’s Birthday, two years ago (read my review),  and then discovered she’d been nominated once before, in 1997, for One by One in the Darkness.  It took ages […](image)


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Recent Reads: Barbara Pym’s “Sweet Dove,” and Maria Semple’s “Bernadette”Laura

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:41:33 +0000

My summer reading continues apace, as I work through my July book stack.  I finished two books in the past week, which is unusual for me. But one was really short and the other made for quick reading.  Here’s a run-down… The Sweet Dove Died, by Barbara Pym This novel centers on three friends: Humphrey, […](image)


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Review: May we be Forgiven, by A.M. HomesLaura

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 00:56:35 +0000

In the first 15 pages of May we be Forgiven, the Silver family falls completely apart.  George Silver, a television executive, is involved in a car accident with fatalities, which he may have caused.  His older brother Harold, a professor, sleeps with George’s wife and then witnesses a horrific act of violence.  Harry is a […](image)


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Short and Sweet: The View from Castle Rock, by Alice MunroLaura

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:18:29 +0000

This the June edition of Short & Sweet, just a few days late.  This is one reading project I’ve managed to stay on top of this year, mostly because I’m enjoying it.  Most nights I read in bed for about 15 minutes before going to sleep, and while I don’t always read a complete story, […](image)


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Recent Reads: One Mystery, one ClassicLaura

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:06:16 +0000

As I mentioned in yesterday’s Sunday Salon post, I’ve been in a “book review funk.”  But I’ve still been reading, and over on LibraryThing I dashed off a few comments about my two most recent books.  I also finished my June short story collection.  Since I’m off work this week with time on my hands, […](image)


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The Sunday Salon: Taking Stock at Mid-YearLaura

Sun, 30 Jun 2013 11:00:36 +0000

How can this year possibly be halfway over?  Or could it be the best is yet to come?  Either way, I’ve been taking stock of my reading and blogging lately, and here’s where things stand … I’ve read 28 books so far, with one 5-star read (read my review of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life).  […](image)


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