Monthly Archives: September 2013

In which Jill reviews a modern book. By a woman. For the first time ever in 2013: A Review of Margot Livesey’s The House on Fortune Street*

My boss gave me this book to read sometime in early 2012, before we started Postcards from Purgatory.  I never thought I would have it over a year before I got around to reading it.  I remember when she first … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on The Aspern Papers (by Bethany)

If memory serves, it was during our discussions of The Aspern Papers and The Turn of the Screw that Fr. Murphy introduced us to the concept of “pot boilers.” I even remember the exact words in which I wrote the … Continue reading

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Enter Bastard: Final Thoughts on Much Ado About Nothing (by Bethany)

I think the bottom line is that I just don’t like Shakespeare’s comedies very much. I do generally understand where they are coming from in a philosophical sense: all of Shakespeare’s comedies on some level are devoted to exploring the … Continue reading

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A Review of Adam Langer’s The Salinger Contract (by Bethany)

I’m not sure what made me buy this book and then read it right away – especially since I often let years pass between purchasing books and actually reading them. This book was an impulse purchase. I went into Barnes … Continue reading

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Welcome to the middle of PAT CONROY MONTH!! (also known as an explanation of what I’ve been doing with myself for the past twelve months besides not blogging very much) By Jill

The Pat Conroy section at The Avid Reader in Davis, California The Pat Conroy section at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon September 2012 was the inaugural PAT CONROY MONTH!!  That month I read Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life, … Continue reading

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A Review of Jill Lepore’s The Whites of their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History (by Bethany)

Postcards from Purgatory is not a political blog, and thank goodness for that. If we were, there would be a chance that we would become really famous someday and get invited to events where we would have to make small … Continue reading

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A Review of Rebecca Dana’s Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde (by Bethany)

I mostly read this book for the martial arts. I read a review of this book in the Wall Street Journal the week it was published, and my first thought was that there are a lot of memoirs out there … Continue reading

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No, I haven’t forgotten that I’m a blogger. Jill reviews J. Robert Lennon’s Familiar

  This was Powell’s Books Indiespensible selection number thirty-six, from late in 2012.  I just read it in June, basically because certain nineteenth century heroines who go by the names of Isabel and Anna have taken up a lot of … Continue reading

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