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Who Dat?

(by any other name. . . ) Years ago, dining with a friend, I dropped my credit card on the table to cover my share of the bill. Glancing at the name it bore, she recoiled and hissed: “Who ARE … Continue reading

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Deep Dish

(These are not the dishes in question, but these dishes are for sale on my Etsy shop.) For my fourth and final year of university I moved off campus into a flat. I was sharing with a pal I’d met … Continue reading

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The Mythology of Loss?

I’m not a loser. That is, I don’t lose things. Oh sure, I’d be hard pressed to tell you what became of much of my childhood detritus — toys, clothes, the contents of our dressing up box. Let’s blame Mom … Continue reading

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Binge Reading: Leonora Carrington

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington By Joanna Moorhead Out now from Virago Press, £20 hardcover Down Below  By Leonora Carrington Out 18 May from New York Review Books Classics £8.99 paperback The Hearing Trumpet By Leonora Carrington Exact Change Books … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done By Sarah Schmidt Out 4 May from Tinder Press, £12.99 hardback Unsolved mysteries stick in our collective memory like burrs, a constant irritant to our curiosity. Every so often someone comes along with a solution … Continue reading

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Apologetic Mode

  I know, I know, where have I been? Off trying to earn money, trying to unscramble my head, and reading a lot of books that I’m either reviewing for an unnameable client (and most of which are horrific) or … Continue reading

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Of an Age (with added books)

(Photo by Todd Webb circa 1949) NB: When originally posted I attributed the final quote to Colette, when it was in fact, written by Marina Benjamin. This post has been modified for accuracy! In the autumn of 1997, I was … Continue reading

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Teach Your Children Well

Eli and Gloria, sans spectacles, circa 1956 My folks come in for a lot of teasing on this blog, but this is a post celebrating them for raising me right. My father’s parents were not extensively educated. They’d emigrated from … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Essex Serpent

  The Essex Serpent By Sarah Perry Published 2 June by Serpent’s Tail, £12.99 hardback & ebook If you love strong heroines, historical fiction that wears its research lightly, authors who handle large casts as adeptly as DeMille behind the megaphone, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEWS: Three for May

The Outside Lands By Hannah Kohler Out now from Picador; £12.99 hardcover Thank goodness Hannah Kohler ignored her MA advisor’s recommendation to shelve this novel, because it required research, and instead, concentrate on something closer to home, which she already … Continue reading

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