Mom’s Bookshelf, Vol. 5

I have to admit that I find the exercise of writing Mom’s Bookshelves posts quite delightful, whether or not you actually pay attention. I haven’t written one in a long time and have read quite a few more books than these listed.

What about you? Got any books to recommend?

What Language Is (And What It Isn’t and What It Could Be) Grammar and language snobs: take cover.

A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen. All Jane, all the time.

Why Jane Austen? Let me count the ways.

The Warden. While I can only admire a book in which the protagonist is named Septimus, it is easy to see why Trollope’s more topical work does not enjoy the same lasting influence as say… oh… Jane Austen.

The American Heiress: A Novel. Channeling Wharton and James: not as good of course, but frankly I was relieved that the ending did not send me into a depressing spiral of hopelessness.

The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York. Enjoy what you see.

A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland. Oooh, juicy.

The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century. Such an important issue, I cannot joke. Why are people not outraged? Why do people continue to support politicians who claim no interest in science. Why? Why? Why? Somebody, please explain.

A Brief History of the Vikings: The Last Pagans or the First Modern Europeans?. It wasn’t all pillage and plunder. Mostly it was, but not all of it.

The Dud Avocado (New York Review Books Classics). Ah, to be young, free and in Paree.



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Comments

  1. Interesting list! I have to check out some of these.

  2. I really enjoyed An American Heiress (or is it The American Heiress) and I keep wondering if there's a Downton Abbey connection. In both, the lady of the house is named Cora. Hmmm. Also loved the 63 views of NYC.

  3. At least The Warden is one of the shorter Trollope novels! For that reason, I like it the best of any of the few of his that I have read.

  4. When on Earth do you have time to read so many books? Ripple Effect sounds very interesting.

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