Six Degrees of Separation: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Six degrees of separation is a new meme hosted by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman. Here’s the idea: Annabel and Emma will choose a book they’ve both enjoyed and then link them together. Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, orContinue reading “Six Degrees of Separation: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent”

Literary Tourism: A Top Ten (Bucket) List

Not surprisingly, I’ve done a lot of what is (now) often termed literary tourism. I’ve visited the Emily Dickinson Museum and Edith Wharton’s home (The Mount). I’ve seen Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House and, my personal favorite, The House of Seven Gables Museum. I’ve even been to Walden Pond. (Please note all of those areContinue reading “Literary Tourism: A Top Ten (Bucket) List”

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: A Top Ten List

Best opening lines. I’m going to spare you the traditional list of best opening lines. We all know them. You’ll find this week’s list devoid of Lolita (one of the best opening lines, ever), Pride and Prejudice, Moby-Dick, Rebecca, and Charles Dickens (most people cite A Tale of Two Cities as the best, I maintainContinue reading “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: A Top Ten List”

Not Your Average Travelogue: A Top Ten List

I love to travel and hate to fly. It’s truly an excellent combination – at least I’m not prone to panic attacks. I get it done and I’m surprised every single time the plane doesn’t crash. Because I do enjoy self-torture, I’ve flown at least twice per year for the last 15 years. An alternativeContinue reading “Not Your Average Travelogue: A Top Ten List”