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Frances
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Print junkie. Educator.
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The 1977 edition of The Corner That Held Them that I recently acquired contains a blurb on the dust jacket that holds little resemblance to any blurb we might see today. The author is referred to formally, and words like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
Absolutely! Not only good finds but not things you see in lots of other second hand book shops. Made it all the more fun looking through.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on the book thing of baltimore at Nonsuch Book
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This is a cool place. We kept wondering who had owned these books, where they came from, why so many author clusters, why so few "classics," etc. etc.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on the book thing of baltimore at Nonsuch Book
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It is a delight! And I actually enjoyed the signs too. Not everyone might appreciate this shopping experience but I think you would.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on the book thing of baltimore at Nonsuch Book
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Thomas of My Porch and I set off (relatively) early this morning on a bookish field trip to Baltimore to check out The Book Thing of Baltimore. Thomas heard about this bookstore where everything is free, and who among the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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Rest easy. It is not a favorite of mine. I have tried to slog through twice based upon gushing recs and just can't do it.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 on rooster rising at Nonsuch Book
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That's right. It was the tablet. Just repost the comment in the right place if you want. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2015 on rooster rising at Nonsuch Book
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Therapy is a blast! Paying someone to listen to you talk about anything you want when you want. Some of us call it blogging. :) And I can definitely read all 80! Bring them! And laugh away because I'm having visions of black with pixelated lightness showing through or that goes charcoal grey rather than a true, saturated black as it should be.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2015 on rooster rising at Nonsuch Book
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I was gathering tidbits for a Sunday miscellany just a while ago, planning to lead with the Penguin 80th anniversary Little Black Classics editions you see above, when I saw that Thomas was of a like mind this morning. Sort... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
Watch your mailbox. I almost want you to hate them to have the pleasure of your well-voiced distaste for popular literature. And given my audience, I am of course using the term "literature" loosely.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2015 on rooster rising at Nonsuch Book
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Good to know! I'll check that one out.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2015 on rooster rising at Nonsuch Book
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Which Ferrante have you read?
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2015 on rooster rising at Nonsuch Book
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And I thought Lost for Words from the long, long list would make it through too. So what do either of us know? But that is the fun of this exercise every year. Nothing makes sense some years.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2015 on rooster rising at Nonsuch Book
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FUN!
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Comment consumption is also happening to me on Blogger. Something about me must seem shifty. I'm having the most luck commenting through Twitter login. And I'm not sure that weightier subject matter really carries the day here... :)
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2015 on rooster rising at Nonsuch Book
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Is your mailing address the same? I'll send you two that there is a 50/50 chance you will enjoy. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2015 on rooster rising at Nonsuch Book
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It's almost March, and that means that the Tournament of Books is upon us. The annual celebration of randomized smack talk about which books, from a list seemingly chosen without rhyme or reason, will reign over the others. The brackets... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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You bring up a question that I have found myself asking more and more in recent years - where was the editor? The temptation to pick up a pen and edit myself is somewhat distracting when reading popular fiction. Is that opinion curmudgeonly enough? Because I don't want you to feel alone in your reactions.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2015 on Everything I Never Told You at New Century Reading
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The New Yorker is celebrating their ninetieth anniversary by featuring nine different interpretations of the "starchy-looking gent with the beaver hat and the monocle" for the cover of the February 23 & March 2, 2015 issue. "We picked nine covers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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Via New Directions in my inbox this morning comes this atmospheric cover design and intriguing blurb: "Working on behalf of a cunning and mysterious couple, a woman embarks on a haunting search for a stranger (a child? somebody’s lover? a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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"While walking, one is not obliged to think, to think this or that. During that continuous but automatic effort of the body, the mind is placed at one's disposal. It is then that thoughts can arise, surface or take shape."... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
I've resorted to Alibris and other helps to get right to that Margery Sharp search. And the university library down the street from work will lend me a hand too. Now I'm just really curious. But Maisie first I think...
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Now you really make me want to get to The Hare With the Amber Eyes sooner rather than later. I've wanted it for a long time and then my father gave it to me for Christmas. And he was wonderful enough to give me the HB, the cover design I prefer. And I just picked up So We Read On because I am a huge Gatsby fan and there were copies signed by the author at my local bookstore. Could not resist! Thanks for stopping by!
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I like the quiet of Maisie Dobbs stories. She makes choices that I never would and I admire that restraint she shows even when it frustrates me temporarily. I also like the way the character has developed across the series. Ditto on The Paying Guests but Dept of Speculation is a real favorite. Such a smart and honest view of a marriage but more importantly an individual within a marriage.
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Lucky you if you have those George Saunders stories in your hands now. I love that book! Had a bit of a tizzy last year when the ToB excluded it from the short list as a matter of fact. As far as ToB reading is concerned, we still have a good stretch of time in front of us. And I'm not sure I would read them all even if I had the time and the stack of 16 in front of me. Some of the most fun I have in the Tournament is complaining about books I have not even read. :)
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