Saturday, October 31, 2009

Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon
by Molly Levite Griffis

What happens when a beloved grandparent begins displaying symptoms of Alzheimer's disease? Once in a Blue Moon by Molly Levite Griffis explores this theme in a loving and compassionate manner. It is a must read for all families struggling to explain to children what is happening when this disease strikes.

Reading now - The Vows of Silence; and The Chippendales

Today I bought Susan Hill's newly released (in the US) Simon Serrailler book, The Vows of Silence. The book was released here on October 29th, and when I searched Borders online inventory, the only copy I could find was about 15 miles away. It was not available at the Borders in Fredericksburg.

I have read the three previous Simon Serrailler books and enjoyed them. Hill writes a more literary detective novel than most, and the character of Simon Serrailler appeals to me greatly in much the same manner that P.D. James's Adam Dalgliesh does. I am looking forward to reading this book, more for the new details about Simon's life than for the plot revolving around the crimes.

I have also ordered Howards End is on the Landing, also by Susan Hill. I have read mixed reviews of this book, but as I am an admirer of Susan Hill, I know I will find her views interesting.

On my Sony PRS-505 I am reading The Chippendales by Robert Grant, a story of new Boston (new in the 1880s, anyway) and old Boston, clashing values as the city grows and changes. I think it is a wonderful novel, evoking a stronger sense of place than any other novel set in Boston that I have read. Grant (1852-1940) was a probate judge from a notable Boston family, so he knows whereof he writes. The link in the title at the beginning of the paragraph will take you to the Google Books version which can be downloaded either in pdf or ebpub format. Well worth reading.

If only I had more time for reading!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Book Collecting

Today in browsing at Google Books I went back to a book I had previously looked at: The Book-Hunter by John Hill Burton. I had looked at it previously only in connection with my search for illustrations to use in creating bookmarks - it has a wonderful illustration of an old library. Today I started looking at it and other books which came up using the search term "book hunter". For those who love books, this search will yield a treasure trove of old books on the subject of book collecting.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bookmark - Arthur Bell Nicholls

Arthur Bell Nicholls
husband of
Charlotte Bronte

Dare's Gift by Ellen Glasgow

I have added to the epub downloads section in the right column a link for downloading Dare's Gift by Ellen Glasgow, a ghost story of haunting and betrayal in Civil War Virginia.

Epub documents can be read on ebook readers. For those who don't have dedicated ebook readers, Adobe Digital Editions also reads epub documents and can be installed on computers.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Lady's Walk by Margaret Oliphant

This is an experiment to see if an epub version of The Lady's Walk - A Story of the Seen and the Unseen by Margaret Oliphant can be accessed from this blog. I have created a Google Site called Corner of the Library as a companion to this blog. As it exists right now, it feels a little convoluted to me, so I'm guessing there must be a better way to construct it.

If you click on the words "epub version" above, you should be taken to a page with a link for downloading the epub version of The Lady's Walk. In order to read this story, you must have something that reads epub documents, such as Adobe Digital Editions which can be downloaded from a link in the right hand column of this blog.

Patience is a virtue as you wait for the story to be downloaded and opened by your epub reader.

Any comments?

Bookmark - Persuasion

Anne and Henrietta
Chapter 12
Persuasion - by Jane Austen
From an edition published in 1906

Jane Austen - by Mrs Charles Malden

Here is a link to a biography of Jane Austen by Mrs. Charles Malden published in 1889. I have not read it, so I cannot comment on its worth.