Author Archives: Teresa

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

Here’s how Robert Kolker describes the five woman at the center of this book: They weren’t angels. They weren’t devils. One was the aimless dreamer of her family until the pressures of adult responsibility became impossible to ignore. Another was … Continue reading

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This Must Be the Place

Daniel Sullivan lives in a secluded corner of Ireland with his wife and their children. As this novel by Maggie O’Farrell opens, he makes these observations about the woman he married: —She’s crazy, as I might have mentioned. —She’s a … Continue reading

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Still Life

So. This is going to be a difficult review to write. So many people I know are fond of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series. Jenny even put this first book from the series on my list of books to … Continue reading

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Phineas Redux

It’s time now for Jenny and me to review the fourth book in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser series. This one picks up the story of Phineas Finn, the main character of the second book in the series. When we last saw … Continue reading

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The Red Car

I enjoyed Marcy Dermansky’s novel Bad Marie, with its deliciously bad main character. So I was excited to read her new book, which also promised a rebellious lady lead. But Leah is more aimless than outright bad, and although a lot of … Continue reading

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Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South

That’s a lot of subtitle, no? And all those subtitles don’t even get into the circus sideshows. This book first captured my interest because I grew up just a few miles from Truevine, the Franklin County, Virginia, community where the … Continue reading

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A Book Riot Post Round-Up

I’m continuing to enjoy writing for Book Riot, but I haven’t been very disciplined about sharing my Book Riot posts here at Shelf Love. So I’m playing a little catch-up today and sharing a bunch for those of you who … Continue reading

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

When it comes to essays, Joan Didion is among the greats, at least she is by reputation. Before reading this collection, I’d not read many of her essays, “Goodbye to All That” and maybe a few others. I’d also read The Year … Continue reading

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I read Emma for the first time about 20 years ago. I liked it very much, but it didn’t become a favorite. In fact, it took me 20 years to get around to it again, and I only returned to it … Continue reading

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Another Brooklyn

August, the narrator of Jacqueline Woodson’s new novel grew up in Brooklyn in the 1970s. Her father brought her and her brother there from Tennessee, leaving their mother as a memory whose coming August hoped for every day. Initially, they … Continue reading

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