Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Review of Lois Lowry’s Son (by Jill)

  Son was the longest of the books in The Giver Quartet, and by far the best of the series, in my opinion. It ties all of the prior books together and wraps things up pretty well, though there is … Continue reading

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A Review of Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time (Hogarth Shakespeare Series, Volume 1) (by Bethany)

The Hogarth Shakespeare series is off to a fantastic start: Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time captures the weird intensity of The Winter’s Tale (my thoughts on the original are here and here), mirroring Shakespeare’s plot and characters while also … Continue reading

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A Review of William Rosen’s Justinian’s Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire (by Bethany)

This is the sort of history book I love – multidisciplinary, oriented around synthesis rather than analysis, and not afraid to go into detail about a sex act that a certain former empress of the Eastern Roman Empire liked to … Continue reading

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A Review of Lois Lowry’s Messenger (by Jill)

  With Messenger, the worlds of The Giver and Gathering Blue finally begin to weave together. Kira’s friend Matt, now Matty, is the protagonist here, and it turns out that the community Kira’s dad came from is the one that … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

When I took this photo yesterday morning, I still had a few ends to weave in – and if you look closely you’ll see there was a little inch-long hole on the seam near the neckline. But now the oatmeal sweater … Continue reading

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A Review of Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue (by Jill)

Remember like a year ago when I read The Giver? Yeah, I thought not. For those of you who don’t remember, The Giver is a dystopian young adult novel in which a twelve year old named Jonas is chosen to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (by Bethany)

I read this book in spite of its popularity, not because of it. I read it in a day and can’t quite imagine doing otherwise – this isn’t the sort of volume from which one can be easily distracted. In … Continue reading

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