Monthly Archives: April 2016

Early Thoughts on Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager (by Jill)

  I’ve finally gotten myself back to the saga of Claire and Jamie Fraser with this, the third in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. It’s been about a year since I read Dragonfly in Amber, and I’ve very carefully kept away … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I went to the yarn store on Monday. I needed two more skeins of the orange yarn (Malabrigo Worsted #96 – Sunset) for my scarf, and I was putting off the trip because I more or less knew that the … Continue reading

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A Review of Geraldine Brooks’ The Secret Chord

Told from the point of view of King David’s prophet Natan, this novel begins at the moment when David’s generals and military advisors declare that he is no longer fit to lead his army into war. While dealing with his … Continue reading

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Human beings did not domesticate wheat;  wheat domesticated us. And yes, it makes sense. More soon.

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A Review of Dave Eggers’ The Circle

This novel’s protagonist is the twentysomething Mae, who sometime in the not-so-distant future lands a job at The Circle – a tech giant that makes Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and so forth obsolete by combining all their functions into one – through … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Sebastian Barry’s On Canaan’s Side (by Jill)

  Nothing annoys me more than having a book ruined by the length of time it takes me to finish it. By rights I should have loved On Canaan’s Side. I’ve loved every other book of Sebastian Barry’s that I’ve … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I’ve found that I like my Yarn Along photos best when they are a bit “busy.” I’m not sure if this is an aesthetic preference or if it’s because busy photos feel more authentic to me, since my book and yarn storage … Continue reading

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A Review of Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Can you imagine childhood without dinosaurs? I can’t. What did three year-olds do before there were books of dinosaurs to pour over? How did they learn to pronounce multisyllabic words in the absence of archaeopteryx, velociraptor, and tyrannosaurus? Were they … Continue reading

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And now, a picture of books. (by Jill)

A couple of weeks ago Powell’s City of Books was kind enough to send me an email with a coupon for 30% off my entire purchase either in-store or online.  Seeing as how I had no free time to get … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I’ve been reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction bit by bit for the last few weeks, but I realized today as I sat down to read the last couple of chapters that I’ve never included it in a Yarn Along … Continue reading

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