World Book Night 2012

   It was (is) a noble endeavor: provide givers with 20 copies of a book they love to give away to light or non-readers. This was the second World Book Night, and the first in the US. I chose The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri as my giveaway. Printed some WBN bookmarks to stick in the […]

Battles in Psychic Regression: The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

Battles in Psychic Regression: The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

I must admit, the bright pinkish, floral cover of this novel, as well as the description about mother-daughter psychic damage, gave me pause, as I generally don’t like touch-feely fiction unless I’m in a particular mood, but Knopf often publishes books I like, and I decided to give this strange sounding plot a whirl. While this will […]

Literary Blog Hop: autobiographical characters

Literary Blog Hop: autobiographical characters

It’s Literary Blog Hop time again, hosted by The Blue Bookcase. This month’s question: How do you feel about fictional characters who are obviously closely based on the author? Is this an example of authorial superego? Or just a natural extension of the “write what you know” advice?  The shortest answer: If the story is done well, […]

May’s bookish endeavor: we the bookish read Alias Grace

May’s bookish endeavor: we the bookish read Alias Grace

In a casual twitter conversation a couple months ago, Bookworm Beth, Lit Musing Brenna and I determined that we all wanted to read Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (a re-read for me) and thought, hey, why not coordinate and read at roughly the same time? We’ve set May as the month, and anyone who likes is welcome […]