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War Pictures by British Artists: Women

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War Pictures by British Artists: Women

Stumbling upon a bookish find is wonderful, especially when it is already part of your collection! While I was sorting through my books, I found this little treasure in the bin of books that do not fit on the shelves. I think it must have come from one of those used book sales where the prices are so low that the best tactic is to pile up everything that looks like it could be interesting, buy all of them before anyone else does, and sort through them later. There was (is?) one held at the university, which is particularly good...

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J.M. Barrie's Sherlock Holmes Parodies (Review)

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J.M. Barrie's Sherlock Holmes Parodies (Review)

Sherlock Holmes is everywhere these days: movies, two recent television series, innumerable memes, online fanfic... In Arthur Conan Doyle's day, the situation was much the same, though the mediums have changed. Numerous Victorian writers picked up their pens to write parodies, pastiches, and even advertisements featuring their own version of Sherlock Holmes. Today we are going to look at Sherlock stories by one of these writers: James M. Barrie. That's right - the guy who went on to write Peter Pan. Barrie and Doyle were friends. In fact, they were on a cricket team together along with writers P.G. Wodehouse,...

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A Girl Called Foote by A.E. Walnofer (Review)

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A Girl Called Foote by A.E. Walnofer (Review)

A Girl Called Foote falls into the category of books I found while randomly flipping through the ebook offerings of the local library. Isn’t it wonderful how the library lets us take a chance on books we wouldn’t normally consider? In all honesty, I chose the book because of its cover. It stands out from other library offerings in its simplicity. subtle, elegant, as enigmatic as the title, and reminiscent of old books – thus well-suited for a novel about a 19th century bookworm The book begins as an episodic novel, showing glimpses into the childhoods of the two protagonists:...

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Lindbergh by Torben Kuhlmann (Review)

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Lindbergh by Torben Kuhlmann (Review)

One might expect this book to be about the famous American aviator who flew solo across the Atlantic. It's not. It's about a mouse, a German mouse who wants to go to America because someone has, in fact, built a better mousetrap. (Cue There are no cats in America.)The cover caught my eye while I was browsing a bookstore in France. I saw a mouse on an airplane, and I was sold. The story is an inspirational tale of inventiveness and perseverance. I did see a review that accused it of being predictable, which is fair, but do we want...

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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry (Review)

Book Review Women in Literature

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry (Review)

When their headmistress and her brother suddenly and mysteriously drop dead, the seven students of St. Etheldreda's School for Girls react unconventionally; they bury the bodies and pretend nothing happened.On the surface, this young adult book is an absurdist (in the best way possible) dark comedy about a group of girls making an unethical, illegal, and ultimately unsustainable decision to cover up a murder. However, it's the reason for this farce that is the most interesting. Each of these girls is underestimated by her family and doesn't quite fit into the position that Victorian life has laid out for her....

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