Book Review: “Someday, Someday, Maybe” by Lauren Graham

The worst thing about the NYPL is that just because a book is available in Ebook form doesn't mean it's available in Kindle form. I should probably be grateful for the public-sector-meets-private-sector partnership that allows me to follow a link from the library's website right to my Amazon account, but after trying for days to … Continue reading Book Review: “Someday, Someday, Maybe” by Lauren Graham


Book Review: “The First Bad Man” by Miranda July

The New York Times' Sunday Book Review called The First Bad Man by Miranda July (2015), a "very funny debut novel." I don’t tend to read book reviews before I start a new novel, since I don’t want it colored by other opinions. But knowing I would review July’s novel for this blog, I did … Continue reading Book Review: “The First Bad Man” by Miranda July

Book Review: “Miriam” by Mesu Andrews

When does fan fiction become a retelling? Like, we all accept Bridget Jones’ Diary as a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, but when you retell Downton Abbey in modern London*, it’s fan fiction? I’m not sure if the copyright law of 70 years after the creator’s death applies here and makes that distinction. … Continue reading Book Review: “Miriam” by Mesu Andrews


Free to be: Trollope’s American Woman

I first read Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) during the particularly cold and snowy winter of 2014. I picked his name from one of those lists of famous authors. The only thing I knew about him was from the trailers for the BBC adaptations of his novels that played on DVDs we owned. Since I'm not a Dickens … Continue reading Free to be: Trollope’s American Woman


5 Best of…Books About Books

There are readers who love a good book and then there are readers who just love books. If you are the latter, you can conjure up the smell of a crisp new book (as it’s cracked open for the first time) or a dusty old book (as it’s plied open for the first time in … Continue reading 5 Best of…Books About Books