Author Archives: Teresa

H Is for Hawk

I sometimes struggle to define and describe good writing at the sentence and word level. I can work out what makes a plot click along well or what strong characterization looks like. But with excellent word-smithery, the best I can do is … Continue reading

Posted in Memoir, Nonfiction | 1 Comment

Me, Elsewhere

Hello, friends! I’m just posting a quick note to let you all know that I’m now writing for Book Riot. I’ll be writing two posts a month (or more if I get inspired) and participating in various group posts. If … Continue reading

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The Eustace Diamonds

Poor Lizzie Eustace! Widowed after only a few months of marriage, she’s now left on her own to raise her infant son. And now the lawyers want to take away the diamonds her beloved husband gave her to be her … Continue reading

Posted in Classics, Fiction | 6 Comments

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry

At first glance, there’s nothing to tip readers off to the fact that this book is anything other than an auction catalog. The cover includes an auction date (Saturday, 14 February 2009) and the name of the auction house (Strachan … Continue reading

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Louise Erdrich has become one of my reliable authors, meaning that I can almost guarantee that I’ll get some pleasure out of anything of hers that I read. The Round House was one of my favorite books that I read last … Continue reading

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The Letter of Marque

The 12th book in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series opens with Jack not being quite himself, having been dismissed from the Royal Navy on false charges. On many counts, he’s lucky. In The Reverse of the Medal, his friends made sure he … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Historical Fiction | 2 Comments

The Moon and Sixpence

This 1919 novel by W. Somerset Maugham is ostensibly a biography in which an unnamed narrator attempts to shed light on the life of the mysterious artist Charles Strickland (a character based on Paul Gauguin). Although he’s stretching the truth when he says, “I … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Comics

If anyone had told me five years ago that an animated Nickelodeon show would become one of my favorite TV shows ever, I’d have had a hard time believing it. I don’t consider myself too grown-up for animation or anything … Continue reading

Posted in Children's / YA Lit, Fiction, Graphic Novels / Comics, Speculative Fiction | 2 Comments

The Raven King

It was a long wait, but Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series concluded this week with the release of The Raven King. In the past few weeks, I reread all three of the preceding books. (This included listening to The Raven Boys on audio, … Continue reading

Posted in Children's / YA Lit, Fiction, Speculative Fiction | 9 Comments

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Lucy Barton is a writer who lives in New York, a place she could barely even dream of as a poor child in rural Illinois. Her new life cemented the distance that was always there between her and her family. But … Continue reading

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