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The River King by Alice Hoffman

I started this today. There’s gorgeous phrasing and she writes women beautifully.  She allows for contradictory impulses and agency.  For me she’s a great teacher in that respect.  82 more words

Only The Weak Are Cruel Gentleness Can Only Be Expected From The Strong

I just love this quote!  It says so much about the character of people.  When you see cruel people, recognize that they are weak, like a bully, who in other words is a coward. 13 more words


From A to Z: Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman

Dear Z,

Aquamarine has been a staple of my childhood. My grandmother first read the book to me when I was little and I read it on my own when I couldn’t have been more than ten. 449 more words

Alice Hoffman Seventh Heaven

It’s lovely writing and she captures anxiety and internal conflict well.  I enjoyed The Dove keepers greatly and so far this is an urbane and well observed look at the inner lives of a group of people in a suburb on Long Island in 1959.

Property Of

I know the novelist Alice Hoffman has many devoted readers, although I know only a few.  She has had a long writing career, and an examination of my downstairs bookcases shows I have at least 15 of her adult novels, as well as probably a few more (along with her YA ones), upstairs.  201 more words


P is for Practical Magic

I was twelve when I first picked Practical Magic out of the H section of the library.   Younger than the paperback Antonia and Kylie, I had no idea what looked like pulp fiction would inspire for years after as the layers unfolded to match my own experiences.   317 more words

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Museum of Extraordinary Things

Title: Museum of Extraordinary Things

Author: Alice Hoffman

Why read? So much atmosphere! Alice Hoffman often writes about reality-with-a-touch-of-fantasy.  Interesting, deep characters! One gets a real feeling for the time—New York in the early 1900s—so much so that I had to look up many of the historical events detailed in the book. 26 more words