Martha Quest

I’ve finished my first book of 2020! And…I don’t quite know what I think of it. Not a very exciting start to the year, huh? The book in question is Doris Lessing’s Martha Quest. I had read Lessing’s Golden Notebook some years back, which is considered her magnum opus. And, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t …

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Blogging Again

Hi there, friends in book-land. I do still have a blog, I promise! It’s just been, well, hibernating through the summer and fall. It would appear that buying your first house, moving, and adopting your first cat all take up a good deal of your time, and there’s not much left for blog-writing! But the …

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Oh, Virginia

Something funny happened to me when I was reading Ellen Glasgow’s Virginia. First of all, I think I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I don’t read summaries of books before I start them, so I try to go in with as little knowledge of the book as possible. So all I knew about this …

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Back to Eatonville

I’ve been sitting around for days pondering what to say about Zora Neale Hurston’s debut, Jonah’s Gourd Vine. What to say about the beginning of a dazzling literary journey? What to say about this spectacular, clever, frustrating, hysterical, singular writer at the start of her career? I knew that Jonah’s Gourd Vine was partly autobiographical, …

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