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Zora Neale Hurston and the Marriage Plot

Acclaimed for her pitch-perfect accounts of rural black life and culture, Zora Neale Hurston explored new territory in her novel Seraph on the Suwanee—a story of two people at once deeply in love and deeply at odds, set among the community of poor white Southerners at the turn of the 20th century. 375 more words

Cinderella Revisted (Or, Why I Teach the History of the Romance Novel to University Students)

by Katharine Ashe

Testimony: When I was young, I loved the Cinderella story.

What’s not to love? Poor, hardworking, warmhearted girl beaten down by life gets rich, handsome, powerful guy, and—bonus!—gets to thumb her nose at the mean girls. 859 more words

Jane Austen Panel - Part One

Six readers. Six major novels. Six insightful conversations.

This is the first installment in a two-part series on Jane Austen and her work.

Austen has played a formative role in my personal reading history since the day I selected… 169 more words


The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals

I thought this was going to be a romance.

I picked it from my TBR shelves so I could check off the “romance” square on my book bingo card.   457 more words

Book Review

The marriage plot

Unlike most readers, I didn’t admire Dorothea Brooke the first time I read Middlemarch. Instead, I wanted to be honest, intelligent Mary Garth. Mary is plain, in contrast to Dorothea and Rosamond Vincy, the novel’s other leading ladies. 685 more words


Review: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
Date Published: 1811
Date Read: October 2015
Format Read: Kindle format
Rating: 4/5

N.B. I read this book as part of my participation in… 657 more words


Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

How much do we really know about each other?

C.J. and I will celebrate 20 years together late in 2016, but do even long-term couples like us really know each other? 768 more words

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