In this week’s issue, we have not only some fabulous reading for you—Gillian has two highly recommended books—but some real beauty too in all the shades of autumn. Looking for something a bit spicy, perhaps? Our own Lev Raphael has it in his self-exploratory essay.
Autumn invariably brings with it color—gold, copper, orange, yellow, red! Laine Farley celebrates the season with her bookmarks of autumn colors that need no history, though she finds some, to be appreciated in Ode to Autumn.
Two extraordinary books termed by Gillian Polack as “people I knew in one book: stories I knew in another” turned her reading inside out last week as she relates in Hearts in Translation.
Despite changes in publishing, it’s still widely believed that you can’t make it as a writer without a literary agent. Lev Raphael, most of whose twenty-four books have not been agented, shares what it was like being signed and ignored by a famous agent at the start of his long career in First, Let’s Kill All the Agents?
In Good Reads, Lauren Roberts sends all her best wishes for you for a happy reading week, and also pens a reminder for the pet lovers about Halloween dangers. Please have a good week and make sure your pets have a safe one.
One of the most charming essays we have ever run can be found this week in Nicki’s column, A Reading Life. And for some literary laughs, we have our in-house biblio-humorist, Elizabeth, with her wacky sense of the funny side of books.
What happens when even the most passionate of booklovers begins to feel overwhelmed with books? In Nicki Leone’s case, she decided that sharing was the better part of owning, and joined a growing grassroots movement, establishing her own Little Library Under the Oak.
Elizabeth Creith tackles The Canterbury Tales in a way never dreamed of by high school English teachers. What happened to the language, she asks, was there “a Great Vowel Shift”? In her quest for the answer, she finds her head stuck in Middle Gears.
It’s the chair. At least Lauren Roberts believes that the new chair in her life is not just the perfect reading chair, though it is, but a chair with almost magical powers in which to work out life’s problems and enjoy life’s pleasures: Comfort for the Self.
What we have for you this week is a fascinating essay on how three very different books were read and enjoyed, a history of a famous-in-its-time New York restaurant, and a short story about the right furniture for reading and for appreciation. Please, join us.
Gillian Polack’s reading interests span a huge range, which is why she found herself recently thinking about how to “illustrate just a very few ways that books can be read and enjoyed . . . only some of which “involved starting at the beginning and reading through to the end.” Her thoughts will be found in The Fine Art of Reading.
Books and food have always had a warm relationship but so have bookmarks and food, especially when a particular bookmark has been created to celebrate and “mark” a restaurant. Such is the case with the Charles French Restaurant and its silk memento. Lauren Roberts explores what she found in the history behind what had once been a top New York establishment in Dining on Bookmarks.
Sometimes it is in the small things that we reap the largest rewards. Lauren Roberts, who has been searching for the right chair in order to create a special bedroom book nook, found one at an unexpected time—and also found it offered more than just a piece of furniture: Book Nook.
What we have this week for you is a simply beautiful review of an extraordinary collection of short stories and a look at the weighty benefits of a magazine forever stamped by its vivid color. Come learn and laugh with us.
You know all those National Geographic magazines you have in the house? You’re not the only one. Most people worry about the space they take up, but Elizabeth Creith is more concerned with their weight. What’s a magazine weigh you ask. Find out as she weighs her options in Ten Ounces.
A collection of short stories by a civil servant in a backwater section of Pakistan didn’t find publication for forty years. But this captivating collection, reading almost like a novel, Nicki Leone says in A Friend in All the World, offers “beauty, compassion and empathy . . . draped over these stories like the decorative shawls of the women in the caravans of the migrating Kharot tribes,” and gives it an “almost eternal feel.”
“Put down that book and go outside” is probably a familiar refrain to many a reader whose parent would chide them for staying inside with a book too often and for too long. Lauren Roberts, who also heard this on occasion, took that advice today when writer’s block led her to hiking books and thus to a local walk in Trail Reading.