The End! Or, at least, the Beginning of the End

  I just came to the end of my book. Not one I am reading–the one I am writing. And like so much of this book, it was kind of unexpected. Ok, I have some rough spots and a couple of places I know I want to rewrite, but I actually came to the end.Continue reading “The End! Or, at least, the Beginning of the End”

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

  “A novel is not an allegory . . . It is the sensual experience of another world. If you don’t enter that world, hold your breath with the characters and become involved in their destiny, you won’t be able to empathize, and empathy is at the heart of the novel.” (p. 111) From theContinue reading “Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi”

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Mary Rothschild Patricia Gilmer‘s review Sep 29, 2016  ·  edit really liked it bookshelves: library-book Read from September 23 to 29, 2016   A many layered tale about a painting that a young chef, Annie, buys on a whim from a junk shop in London. Though she is workingContinue reading “The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild”

Surprised by Oxford

“So faced with a thousand-year old institution, I learned to pick my battles. Rather than resist, for instance, the archaic book-ordering system in the Bodleian Library with technological mortification, I discovered the treasure in embracing its seeming quirkiness. Often, when the wrong book came up from the annals after my order, I found it toContinue reading “Surprised by Oxford”

Look What I Won!

I received an email a few months ago telling me I had won second place in a contest. Okay, I didn’t win the trip to Italy, but I did win a gift basket with food from Italy, but even better–a signed copy of Susan Meissner’s The Girl in the Glass. Due to an unintentional delay of receivingContinue reading “Look What I Won!”