Bookish in the Mitten

Book reviews, book recommendations, book talk, and a little knitting

I am sharing 20th-Century novels set in Canada – because I love 20th-Century fiction, especially mid-century, especially Canadian.  Some may be familiar, some new.  Because Wikipedia articles almost always contain spoilers, I am providing Goodreads links and hoping they don’t do the same.  Each link contains more links to purchase different editions of the title. …

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I was drawn to Stones for Ibarra by a Wikipedia comparison to One Hundred Years of Solitude1 and a mention of magical realism.  As I read it I had some of the same reactions as when I read Lilac Girls, which I’ll explain shortly. Stones is the story of Sara and Richard Delton and their …

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This is a short commentary on a long book, meant for those who haven’t read it and wonder if they might want to do so. I’m writing this quickly to fulfill my commitment to provide a Sunday Classic review; I will do better next week. Topics in the book are hope, study, death, work, marriage, divorce, …

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Sonnet 18. Perhaps the most well-known sonnet in the book. Speaking of the book, a little backstory on that too. #ASonnetADay pic.twitter.com/XjSDIntMos — Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) April 6, 2020 Sir Patrick is reading #ASonnetADay, and this is Sonnet Number 18. Follow him on Twitter to catch up and follow along.

As a child, I lost myself so completely in books that when I recollect reading, I don’t envision myself looking at the printed page. Instead I am taking a swan dive right into the open book as if into a deep pond. This was the case with Jane Eyre, which I read when I was …

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Let’s tell stories. Children, read to your parents. Parents, read to your children and to each other.  Friends, siblings, take turns reading as the rest of you listen. With book in hand, (or eBook on phone or tablet or laptop), gather under a tree, around a campfire or at the kitchen table – such stories …

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Written by Carson McCullers, narrated by Susan Sarandon It is hot in the South in August 1944 – so hot you can smell the sweat. Frankie Addams is bored and ostracized by her former friends. Her only companions are Bereneice, the maid who serves Frankie and her father, and Frankie’s six-year-old cousin John Henry. Frankie’s …

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Here are five authors who started writing or publishing after age fifty, or who continued their writing careers later into their lives. It’s not too late – ever! Frank McCourt – Angela’s Ashes was published when he was 67 years old. It won a Pulitzer Prize. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_McCourt Annie Proulx – Author of Brokeback Mountain and …

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I generally only post kids’ books once a week, but I just learned that Audible has made a selection of children’s books and classics available for free! See the link below; titles are divided into Little Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen, Literary Classics (including Atlas Shrugged, one of my favorite classic novels), Folk and Fairy Tale …

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Again I poked around online and found this FREE resource: http://mrsp.com/ . Once you’re there, choose from a list of classic titles and watch/listen as Mrs. P, portrayed by Kathy Kinney (Mimi from the Drew Carey Show), reads your choice aloud. Stories can be streamed or downloaded for offline use. The site also features crafts …

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