TCL is Going Abroad, again!

See you later, alligators! This is just a quick post to let you all know that I'm leaving today for a trip abroad. Where will I be? In the UK - mostly London. What will I be doing there? I've already bought tickets to see two musicals, and two plays. I also plan to visit … Continue reading TCL is Going Abroad, again!

… you’d be behind me.

Book Review for “Lucy by the Sea” by Elizabeth Strout. Summary: "As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their … Continue reading … you’d be behind me.

In Pursuit of Nancy.

Book Review for “The Mayfair Bookshop” by Eliza Knight. Summary: "1938: She was one of the six sparkling Mitford sisters, known for her stinging quips, stylish dress, and bright green eyes. But Nancy Mitford’s seemingly dazzling life was really one of turmoil: with a perpetually unfaithful and broke husband, two Nazi sympathizer sisters, and her … Continue reading In Pursuit of Nancy.

TCL is Going Abroad!

See you later, alligators! This is just a quick post to let you all know that I'm leaving today for a trip abroad. Where will I be? In Ireland to participate in the Ireland Writer Tours Writers' Conference & Retreat. After a short weekend in Dublin, I'll be spending July 10-17 at a week-long writers … Continue reading TCL is Going Abroad!

Acton up in the Kitchen.

Book Review for “The Language of Food” by Annabel Abbs. Summary: "England 1837. Victorian London is awash with exciting new ingredients from spices to exotic fruits, but Eliza Acton has no desire to spend her days in the kitchen. Determined to be a poet and shamed by the suggestion she write a cookery book instead, … Continue reading Acton up in the Kitchen.

Causley and Effect.

Book Review for “Mother's Boy” by Patrick Gale. Summary: "Laura, an impoverished Cornish girl, meets her husband when they are both in service in Teignmouth in 1916. They have a baby, Charles, but Laura's husband returns home from the trenches a damaged man, already ill with the tuberculosis that will soon leave her a widow. … Continue reading Causley and Effect.

American in Paris

Book Review for “The Paris Bookseller” by Kerri Maher. Summary: “When bookish young American Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919, she has no idea that she and her new bookstore will change the course of literature itself. Shakespeare and Company is more than a bookstore and lending … Continue reading American in Paris

The Philosophy of Novalis.

Book Review for “The Blue Flower” by Penelope Fitzgerald. Summary: "This is the story of Friedrich von Hardenberg--Fritz, to his intimates--a young man of the late 18th century who is destined to become one of Germany's great romantic poets. In just over 200 pages, Fitzgerald creates a complete world of family, friends and lovers, but … Continue reading The Philosophy of Novalis.

No Holds for the Bard!

Book Review for “Shakespeare: The World as Stage” by Bill Bryson. Summary: “Bill Bryson's biography of William Shakespeare unravels the superstitions, academic discoveries and myths surrounding the life of our greatest poet and playwright.” Age Category: Adult; Type: non-fiction; Genre: historical. My regular readers know that I don’t read a whole lot of non-fiction, but … Continue reading No Holds for the Bard!

A Revealingly Obscure Story.

Book Review for "The Mystery of Henri Pick" by David Foenkinos (Translated by Sam Taylor) "In the small town of Crozon in Brittany (France), a library houses manuscripts that were rejected for publication: the faded dreams of aspiring writers. Visiting while on holiday, young editor Delphine Despero is thrilled to discover a novel so powerful … Continue reading A Revealingly Obscure Story.