Category Archives: Nonfiction

Do you write in your books?

Last time, I talked about how reading Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer made me rethink my principled stance against rereading books.¬†As you may remember, I had stopped rereading books after my daughter was born so that I could focus … Continue reading

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Do you reread books?

I stopped rereading books ten years ago when my daughter was born and reading time became a precious commodity. After reading Francine Prose’s book Reading Like a Writer over the holidays, I’m starting to wonder if that was a mistake. Continue reading

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Review: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Throughout history we have used salt as a currency and prized it for its ability to preserve and flavor food. In Salt, Mark Kurlansky rewrites world history as the story of man’s access to this now common, but once highly prized, commodity. Continue reading

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July’s To-Read Pile

Ah, summer. Time to catch up on some of those books I’ve been neglecting. Here’s are a few of the books in my To-Read Pile. Lucifer: Children & Monsters Author: Mike Carey Art: Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly Publisher: Vertigo, 2002 … Continue reading

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Books I can’t wait to read: The Giles Milton Edition

Just two scant days before Christmas, the Washington Post informed me that historian Giles Milton has written an entire book full of surprising facts about famous people. His book, When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain, appeals to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lives They Left Behind

The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic By Darby Penney & Peter Stastny Photographs by Lisa Rinzler Bellevue Literary Press, 2008 The Six-Year-Old has been stuck at home most of the week with a nasty cold, … Continue reading

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Getting the food right: Cooking the way my characters would

While reading Krista Ball’s excellent ebook What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank last December, I realized that my own work-in-progress featured several — shall we say — improbable food choices. Baking with fresh blueberries in New England in April 1880 … Continue reading

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Book Review Short: Wild Rose

It’s summer and I want to be outside playing with The Five-Year-Old. While that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped reading, it does mean I don’t want to spend a lot of time reviewing. Hence, the book review short. Wild Rose: The … Continue reading

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Book Review Short: Homes for the Mad

It’s summer and I want to be outside playing with The Five-Year-Old. While that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped reading, it does mean I don’t want to spend a lot of time reviewing. Hence, the book review short. Homes for the … Continue reading

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Book Review: An Uncommon Soldier

An Uncommon Soldier: The Civil War Letters of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, alias Pvt. Lyons Wakeman, 153rd Regiment, New York State Volunteers, 1862-1864 By Sarah Rosetta Wakeman Edited by Lauren Cook Burgess (Editor) Foreword by James M. McPherson Oxford University Press, … Continue reading

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