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Marr, Elspeth - Aunt Epp's Guide for Life

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Title: Aunt Epp's Guide for Life: Miscellaneous Musings of a Victorian Lady Author: Elspeth Marr; Christopher Rush (editor) Genre : Diary & Memoir/Reference Love/Hate? : Love Rating : 5/5 Did you finish? : Yes! One-sentence summary: Entertaining advice from a Victorian wife. Why did you get this book?: I received a review copy from Wonders & Marvels Do you like the cover?: Yes First line from book: N/A Review: This delicious little book is the collected wisdom of a Mrs Elspeth Marr, a Victorian wife writing for an unknown female. The advice is shockingly modern, wickedly funny, and very practical. I mean, the woman suggests sex as a cure for insomnia! (Unless one is unmarried. Then she suggests onions.) Books like this are a lovely reminder that free thinkers have always been around, that women -- regardless of era -- possess great wisdom, and humans always suffer sleepless nights!

Richard Canning - E.M. Forster

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Title: Brief Lives: E.M. Forster Author: Richard Canning Genre : Biography Love/Hate? : Love Rating : 5/5 Did you finish? : Yes One-sentence summary: Brief, readable, gay-friendly bio on E.M. Forster Why did you get this book?: I received a review copy from LibraryThing Do you like the cover?: Yes First line from book: Review: This compact but highly readable biography is a fantastic introduction to E.M. Forster. Canning writes candidly about Forster's homosexuality and the impact being closeted had on Forster's fiction. Best for someone who's read a little Forster, this is still an enjoyable bio for anyone curious about writers, English colonial history, or BGLTQ history.

Heresy - S.J. Parris

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Title : Heresy Author : S.J. Parris Genre : Historical Fiction Love/Hate? : Didn't dislike Rating : 3-4/5 Did you finish? : Sadly, no! One-sentence summary : Ex-monk travels to Elizabethan England is search of missing ancient text. Why did you get this book? : I received a copy from a Wonders & Marvels drawing Do you like the cover? : Yes First line from book: The outer door was thrown open with a crash that resounded along the passage, and the floorboards shook with the purposeful march of several pairs of feet. Review : I wanted very much to like this book -- the premise was interesting enough, but I think I'm just too sexist in my reading to get very invested in a male protagonist. Frankly, I wanted Sophia Underhill to be the hero of the story, not Giordano, and so I didn't get very far into the book. What I read was enjoyable enough, but not gripping, and even though the story is built around some true figures, it felt a little too DaVinci Code for me.

75 Years of Fabulous Writers

This video is making the rounds, but I can't resist posting it here. Talk about a labor of love! Many authors I'm familiar with and so many more that I'm not! I've been taking notes for my TBR!