November 2011 archive

The Marriage Plot – Book Review

She used a line from Trollope’s Barchester Towers as an epigraph: “There is no happiness in love, except as the end of an English novel.” Her plan was to begin with Jane Austen. After a brief examination of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, all comedies, essentially, that ended with weddings, Madeleine was …

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Mailbox Monday – November 28, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted on the dedicated blog for the meme. You can check that blog to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar. Here is what arrived at my house this week: Thanks to James Meader at Picador, I received …

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Sunday Salon – November 27, 2011

November 27, 2011 Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon where bloggers post about their reading and invite conversation. Check out the Facebook page for other links. My post this morning is going to be short and sweet. I think I should have left off my gratitude about good health on this post because …

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Gratitude

For those readers in the United States who are celebrating Thanksgiving, I wish you the most wonderful of days tomorrow. Today I am grateful for: Family, near and far Friendships which have survived distance, illness, and misunderstandings…and for the joy, love and comfort those friendships have brought to me through the years The cry of …

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Transparency and Why It is Important

**Update 4:30 PM (PST): Please read this post by Erin of Hey There is a Dead Guy in the Living Room for further clarification about Friday Reads and how it is administered. ******************************* A controversy surrounding the Friday Reads meme got me thinking about the issue of bloggers being paid for content they post to …

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Mailbox Monday – November 21, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted on the dedicated blog for the meme. You can check that blog to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar. Here is what arrived at my house this week: The folks from Random House sent me an …

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Sunday Salon – November 20, 2011

November 20, 2011 Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Don’t miss other bloggers’ posts – visit the Facebook Page for links. This morning I woke up to several inches of snow on the ground. I am so not ready for winter. If only it could hold off until after …

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Weekend Cooking – November 19, 2011

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. Please link to your specific …

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Salvage the Bones Wins the National Book Award

I don’t usually make these kinds of announcements on my blog because, well, most of the time everyone knows the results of an award before I do for some reason. BUT, I was so excited to see that Jesmyn Ward took the top award for fiction this year at the National Book Awards – and …

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Tides of War – Book Review

Dorothy Yallop pressed her shawl and set the iron down flat on the hearth. Behind her through the window the River Waveney spilled out into the meadows and caught the last of the light from the bleached winter sky. A rising breeze moved through the naked willow branches; snow was on the way from the …

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