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The interlinked processes of reading and writing grief: Thoughts on Book of Mutter by Kate Zambreno

To read Kate Zambreno’s Book of Mutter, is akin to making your way through a strangely familiar space that resembles a gallery, a diary, and a hall of mirrors all at once. 1,454 more words


Routines (April A ~ Z Challenge)

I don’t have a lot of set routines in my house, and the ones I have are pretty easily set aside (see Exceptions), but I like a little structure. 617 more words


Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved by Frans de Waal

Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved by Frans de Waal

Thought provoker, but then de Waal tends to do that. I finished this a couple of days ago and still don’t know if I can do this review justice, but… The basis of this is his criticism (and dismissal) of the Hobbesian view that morality is a layer (a veneer) overlaying the baser, brutish animal that humans really are. 1,759 more words

Book Review

In My Hands Today...

The Secret Magdalene – Ki Longfellow

Raised like sisters, Mariamne and Salome are indulged with riches, position, and learning—a rare thing for females in Jerusalem. But Mariamne has a further gift: an illness has left her with visions; she has the power of prophecy. 118 more words


In My Hands Today...

The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee

The ageing patriarch and matriarch of the Ghosh family preside over their large household, made up of their five adult children and their respective children, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting. 101 more words


eNotes Book Club: March (Spring)

In this month’s installment of our book club series, we decided to follow the theme of “spring.” If you’re looking for stories and poems that focus on rebirth, renewal, and new beginnings, read on! 1,411 more words


Friday Favorite Five: Villains

For previous posts and future FFF topics check out my Friday Favorite Five page here.

Favorite Five Villains

Here were are again at another FFF! Favorite villains is a tricky one because who do you go with as favorites? 580 more words