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Selena Frye
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KA: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr by John Crowley
The unheralded arrival of John Crowley's newest novel is itself a deep mystery to me. He is a writer of astonishing skill and imagination, able to weave the otherworldly into the historical and the everyday. He can make you believe in the unseen, make you w...

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Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls
There's not much I can add to the critical acclaim this biography has already received. For pure reading enjoyment, it is one of the best books of its kind. You feel as if you're as close to an understanding of Thoreau as a 200-year gap makes possible. Wall...

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Henry David Thoreau, July 12, 1817
Walden Pond, 2013 Not by design, but reading new biography by Laura Dassow Walls. Thoreau: A Life

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Peacock and Vine: Byatt on William Morris and Mariano Fortuny
Peacock and Vine is a long, thoughtful, and loving essay by A.S. Byatt musing on two famous designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The book itself is a beautiful object, with glossy pages and gorgeous prints and photographs. Victoria & Albert ...

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General William Tecumseh Sherman, prose stylist
I spent November and December of last year reading the memoirs of General Sherman, reminding myself that the country had been through some pretty bad times before the election of 2016. Sherman has a fascinating reputation. If you're from the south, he is a ...

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Escape!
Well, if Americans have anything in common right now, it might be a sudden desire to escape -- the election, the country, the planet. You might pull one of those off, but only temporarily. I spent a wonderful 10 days in London, but of course, books are ofte...

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Escape!
Well, if Americans have anything in common right now, it might be a sudden desire to escape -- the election, the country, the planet. You might pull one of those off, but only temporarily. I spent a wonderful 10 days in London, but of course, books are ofte...

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Felix Holt: The Radical
By Mайкл Гиммельфарб (Mike Gimelfarb) (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Granted Felix Holt is not considered to be one of George Eliot's best novels. It has an extraordinarily convoluted plot, turning on the most arcane of laws of inheritanc...

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