The Wilder Life: A “Little House on the Prairie” Road Trip – Laura Miller reviews The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of ‘Little House on the Prairie’ by Wendy McClure. You know I’ve already placed a hold at the library on this one!
The Other Nancy Mitford – Let’s pretend that we know no more of Nancy Mitford than we do of Shakespeare, that we have a tempting outline of her life with one or two intriguing details, but no family notoriety, no volumes of letters, no newspaper articles or gossip. In fact, let’s pretend that Nancy Mitford’s novels weren’t written by the famous Nancy Mitford but by some entirely obscure Mary Smith, who happened to be a middle-class daughter of a greengrocer, possessed of ambition, eloquence, and extraordinary powers of observation. If we did so, how would the novels hold up?
Jane Eyre – part film review, part fond recollection of a reader’s first encounter with Jane Eyre:
I remember it quite clearly. It was a lazy afternoon in the middle of summer and I was bored witless. I was 11 years old, wasting time, wandering around in the upstairs bedroom of our house, looking for something to do. I picked up a book, an old orange Penguin, and started reading. Two pages later, I was a different person. “This is the greatest book in the history of the world!” I thought to myself.