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A Work in Progress



Adventures in (mostly) reading, and (sometimes) needlework and other artsy endeavors...



Published: 2017-03-28T09:00:00-05:00

 



Teaser Tuesday: Rosemary's Baby

2017-03-28T09:00:00-05:00

I have always wanted and meant to read Ira Levin's 1967 horror classic Rosemary's Baby. I have seen the Roman Polanski film adaptation so many times I can practically quote entire lines or conversations. It is one of those iconic...



A Monday Mishmash of Bookishness

2017-03-27T16:00:00-05:00

It was a busy weekend and one without much reading time, which always throws me for a loop and makes me feel like I missed something necessary, but being busy (in a non-bookish way) can be an okay thing, too....



Household Saints by Francine Prose

2017-03-24T07:00:00-05:00

I think to understand Theresa Santangelo you must first meet her grandmother Carmela Santangelo, a widow who is visited by her dead husband Zio. Really visited? I'm not so sure, but on occasion she smells the smoke from his cigars...



Ten New Books that Just Caught My Eye

2017-03-22T07:00:00-05:00

Only ten you say? I know. I'm slipping. Actually I hate to show my greed by sharing all the books I have lately added to my wishlist. They tend to be an unruly bunch, so these are the ten most...



The Gingerbread Woman, Jennifer Johnston

2017-03-21T07:00:00-05:00

When you are reading a novel do you think how much you enjoy a story is colored by the likeableness of the characters? Sometimes the best stories have some of the least likable characters. Or maybe I should say some...



Magnus by Slyvie Germain

2017-03-20T07:00:00-05:00

The novel, Magnus, by Sylvie Germain (translated from the French by Christine Donougher) is one of those little literary gems that you might never have heard of but is well worth discovering and should have a much wider audience. It...



A Few Links for the Weekend

2017-03-17T13:00:00-05:00

Just a little weekend randomness. I have a few books I still need to write about, but I seem to be in a holding pattern (as in am reading away but making slow progress) in terms of finishing books. Hopefully...



Reading Notes: The Bailey Longlist

2017-03-16T15:00:00-05:00

Every year when the Baileys longlist is announced I have this surge of interest in many (if the list is especially good) of the titles. I want to read them all, and I set about acquiring as many as I...



Reading Pairs, or when books cross paths

2017-03-15T08:40:02-05:00

Lately it seems as though I start a book and find another one pops in my head that would make a perfect companion read--it is either written in a similar vein or an interesting counterpoint or an alternate view. I...



Teaser Tuesday: Henry Green's Living

2017-03-14T08:00:00-05:00

It would seem I have my work cut out for me with my March NYRB subscription book, Henry Green's second novel Living, which was published in 1929. I have long wanted to read him and knew he wrote during the...