I started reading The House of the Seven Gables a few weeks before Halloween. Here in Salem we talk about this piece of literature quite often. Hawthorne was born here and wrote about our little city several times. We also have a museum dedicated to the House of the Seven Gables, which includes Hawthorne’s birth… Read More Hawthorne: The House of the Seven Gables
A few weeks ago my little family found our way to Author’s Ridge at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts – the grave sight of the Alcott, Hawthorne, and Emerson families as well as Thoreau. Just the name of the place gives me goosebumps. So many incredible individuals buried all in one place. Ok… Read More Books & Graves: Little Women
Woah. I’m not even sure how to feel. No mystery here – Larson puts it all out there. This is a book about a serial killer and about the Chicago World Fair. The writing was very conversational, which at times could be hard to handle… Especially when Larson described Holmes and his murders. But… It… Read More Review: Devil in the White City by Eric Larson
Recently, I was fortunate enough to find myself at a new place of employment. I’m thrilled – I am now working as the fundraising and development person for a (very) small, local charity whose mission is to preserve the culture and history of the county in which I live. I will be spending my days… Read More Literary Travels
As you know, I’m all about reading. I love an interesting fiction story and I love reading biographies about my “heroes” (more on that next week). One aspect of reading I sometimes struggle with is the “Read Instead” concept. For a long time, I didn’t have cable. I used my computer to catch up… Read More Read Instead?
New York Public Library hosted a super fun event on Instagram today! They asked for people to share photos from their local libraries! So many beautiful pictures were submitted. It’s great to be reminded about how many different kinds of readers there are. Happy Shelfie day!
Don’t hate me. I am not a Stephen King fan. I have read exactly 1.5 of his books and hated them both. The first was Gerald’s Game upon recommendation of my husband, back when he was just a boyfriend – almost ten years ago. The second was Salem’s Lot – a recent recommendation for… Read More Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
I keep thinking about a few re-reads… One because I think I didn’t like it, but several bookish friends whose recommendations I trust loved it so I must be mistaken… And one (a series) because it is awesome and I don’t want to forget any details when the next book comes out (ahem… George…) It… Read More Re-reads?
As I’ve mentioned several times, my favorite movie growing up was The Wizard of Oz. Grampa Knights had it on laser disk, and we watched it practically every time we visited him. He finally he put it on VHS for us. I knew every line and sang my heart out with every song. I have… Read More Movie: "Oz the Great and Powerful"
So, every once in a while I step away from my usual favorite genres and read something recommended to me by my husband. We have very different tastes in books, as I am sure many of you know, but I’m open to many kinds of experiences and love to read so I make the jump.… Read More Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer