Lewis Lambert Strether

I’m still dwelling on this unforgettable character from The Ambassadors. Some have called this novel by Henry James one of the greatest American novels. The novel is set in Paris, with a few first days in London. But Strether is from Woollett, Massachusetts. It’s a New World, and Old World Novel. Much has been said…

Favorite books in Spanish

Some of you have asked me which my favorite books originally written in Spanish are, thus this post. Here I’ll only include books you can find translated in English, and I’ll tell you how, when, and why I came to love them, and maybe a bit about the author. As you can guess, literature in…

Showing Up

I last wrote in February 26th. I’ve been gone so long that it’s been harder to know how to come back. I’m just going to share a bit of what’s been going on with me at home, and, you guessed it, my reads! My husband’s health last year was in a pretty dark place. He…

Edmund Jorgen’s new book, April release

I can’t hardly believe it was 2014 when I was writting this about Jorgensen’s first title, Speculation: * Speculation. I loved every bit of it. I am Andrew’s doppelganger, or twin soul. This is the Amazon’s description of the book, Andrew Wrangles has a decision to make. His best friend Sothum, a philosophical and financial genius,…

2018 In Books

I have kept a list of the books I read since 2012. The lists are here, at my BOOK LISTS PAGE. 2018 has been odd. From January til May, I still homeschooled my daughters and read aloud to them. They started school in August, and I have not been blogging or interacting with other readers…

A Pale View of Hills

July 5th, and A Pale View of Hills is on my kindle. I had to read it all. A couple of World Cup games would be as long, so, no harm done! After reading it, I can’t but admire the title. Ishiguro has a spell bound quality to his writing, most salient in this short…

Missing Categories and Favorite Books

It doesn’t fail. As I published my last post, the Ultimate Favorite Books, I remembered those titles I didn’t include. For example, a Travel Category, which should have After You, Marco Polo, by Jean Bowie Shor, and The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton. These two books are written by travelers in the 20th century,…

Ultimate Favorite Books

Some time ago, I made a list of what I called my Most Influential Literature. At times, there’s a FB challenge, or a blog challenge or thread that asks us to state our top 3 favorite books, or our 7 best books ever. These are difficult questions, but they always motivate me to contemplate my…