Bookish in the Mitten

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

I realized after compiling this list that each story takes place in a different country. The Bridge of Sighs (Olen Steinhauer, 2004) – First in the Yalta Boulevard Sequence, Cold War spy fiction that I found engrossing. Five books total in the series. I hope he writes more. Recommend. Whose Body? (Dorothy Sayers, 1923) – …

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Magical Realism – a literary device or genre in which the author sends a breath of whimsy into the ordinary world they have created. . . . Imagine walking down a city sidewalk. Your arm brushes against the low-hanging branch of a tree, which causes blossoms to fall from the tree. As they fall, the …

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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 am planning on making the next several Mondays Michigan Mondays, in which I feature authors who were born in Michigan, spent a significant part of their lives here, and / or set their stories in Michigan. I won’t promise that I will hit this every single Monday – I do have a day job! …

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My grandmother, Genevieve O’Connor Driscoll, was a reader’s reader. As the end of her life drew closer, working around significant vision loss due to macular degeneration, she read with laser focus for as long as she could. Genevieve was an eclectic reader, enthusiastic discusser of books – both with readers and with the authors of …

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“It was a dark and stormy night.” I have an affinity for nearly all sub-genres of midcentury fiction, but my favorite author for that time period is Madeleine L’Engle – and my favorite L’Engle book is A Wrinkle in Time. This post is as much a love letter to the author and her characters, as …

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