Author Archives: Teresa

The Italian

 It’s easy to make fun of the heroines of Ann Radcliffe’s novels, with their tendency to faint at the slightest moment of stress. But, as I noted when I read The Romance of the Forest, this fainting does not necessarily mean weakness. … Continue reading

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March: Books 1 and 2

Growing up in the South in the 1970s and 80s, I learned about the 1960s Civil Rights movement in bits and pieces. It was recent enough to be in a lot of people’s memories, and too recent to be covered … Continue reading

Posted in Graphic Novels / Comics, History, Memoir, Nonfiction | 6 Comments

The Reverse of the Medal

I confess. I enjoy the Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin books more when they’re set on land than when they’re at sea. Does that make me a bad fan? After 11 books, I’ve gotten used to the nautical lingo and am far less … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Historical Fiction | 6 Comments

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

Mine is a stubborn and recalcitrant faith. It’s all elbows and motion and kicked-up dust, like cartoon characters locked in a cloudy brawl. I’m still early in my journey, but I suspect it will go on like this for a … Continue reading

Posted in Memoir, Nonfiction, Religion | 13 Comments

Not the End of the World

I’ve set myself a small informal project of getting caught up with previous books by some of my favorite authors who don’t have unreasonably long backlists. That basically means Kate Atkinson and Sarah Waters. I’ve read all but a couple of … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Short Stories/Essays, Speculative Fiction | 6 Comments

The Echo

Lots of people have been talking about Andy Weir’s space disaster novel The Martian and the upcoming movie version. I haven’t read that, partly because at around the same time I first heard about it, I also heard about James Smythe’s The Explorer … Continue reading

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The Wolf Border

I didn’t realize how much I cared about the characters in Sarah Hall’s latest novel until I got to a major plot point near the end of my lunch break a few days ago. That afternoon at work was long. … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary, Fiction | 13 Comments

The (Wo)Man Shadow Booker Shortlist

We’ve spent the last few weeks reading furiously (in more ways than one at times), and we had some debates behind the scenes, but the Shadow Panel now has a shortlist! A few of these books were obvious locks—everyone who … Continue reading

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My Booker Shortlist

Now that I’ve finished all 13 books for the Man Booker Shortlist, the discussions for the (Wo)Man Booker Shadow Panel have begun. The five of us on the panel have been busy weighing the options, and we’ll post our shortlist … Continue reading

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The Chimes

And now, with Anna Smaill’s debut novel, The Chimes, I have finished my reading of the Booker longlist. And this was a good ending, because I enjoyed this book very much. It’s a strange book and will probably annoy a … Continue reading

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