Reading Roundup: June-July 2020

Like many folks, I started summer by ordering a stack of black-authored books. Most of mine are still en route--if that's you, too, be patient! Some of them are back-ordered as booksellers struggle to meet the demand. But as it turns out, I had little time to read. I felt angry, anxious, and afraid for… Continue reading Reading Roundup: June-July 2020

Reading Roundup: July/August 2018

Well, friends, I read and write to you now from a new apartment. I hired some strong and enterprising young people to pick up and move roughly 10 cubic feet of books, which I'd meticulously wiped clean of dust and packed into boxes with the generous help of some friends. As I dusted, I held… Continue reading Reading Roundup: July/August 2018

Books by women I read and loved in 2015

The Doctor's Wife by M. E. Braddon. Just as last year was my Year of Elizabeth Gaskell, 2015 was my year of Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Like George Eliot, Braddon had the audacity to live with a man who was not her husband in the 19th century; unlike Eliot, Braddon wrote sensation novels about crime and adultery and… Continue reading Books by women I read and loved in 2015