A young girl with blonde ringlets and a ribboned dress bitterly embraces her father, begging him not to leave her alone at bedtime. "Dear Alice," he consoles her, "it is necessary for you to go my love, so go to bed my dear, and be ready for me tomorrow morning."
Written by Ann Morgan
A few years ago, I made a shock discovery: Although I thought of myself as a fairly cosmopolitan, cultured person, my bookshelves told a rather different story about me. Pretty much everything on them was by British and North American writers and there was almost nothing in translation.
By Anna Freeman
The Fair Fight was inspired by the real-life bare-knuckle boxer, Elizabeth Stokes, who lived and fought in London in the early 1700s. When I found out that she'd existed I knew I wanted to write about the low, blood-spattered world she lived in. I had a very vivid picture of her, sitting and soaking her knuckles in brine to harden the skin, feeling her bruises and loose teeth, while elsewhere other women were worrying about what to wear to the next ball.
Public libraries can often go underappreciated in the days of Netflix, Spotify and Kindle. But that doesn't mean they should go unnoticed. As many public libraries grapple with how to stay relevant in the digital age, a few are standing out for their unique offerings that provide their community with much more than books. Check them out:
Just in case you're short of resolutions to make this year, let me add one more to the chorus. Vow to read more in 2015! As a person who reads a couple hundred books a year and probably needs to read a few more (It's my job! Poor me!), I'm often asked by friends and acquaintances what to read – and how to find the time to read it. Here, then, are some of my rules for the read:
Coffee shop reading and studying is as common as finding The Hunger Games in home libraries these days. And while no one seems to be questioning the marriage between coffee and a good book, some are making the case for the divorce of bar-time reading.
Highlighting the best cake recipes America has to offer, A Slice Of American History will be free as a digital download on Amazon today through November 10th. Filled with history, memories, and delicious cakes, this book is one to have for the holidays.
Need a midweek break? Here are 26 obscure and wonderful words from Webster for your Wednesday!