4 Things I Love This February

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell Winter is an enchanted time for me. I love the cold, dark nights and days of frost and snow (though theContinue reading “4 Things I Love This February”

5 Reasons to Travel More

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad Last week, I finished reading a bookContinue reading “5 Reasons to Travel More”

11 Favorite Quotes from Classic Literature

 On art and literature: “A great deal has been written about art, but only recently has research begun in earnest about what goes on in the mind and brain when reading literature.” – K. Oatley & M. Dijikic in the New York Times, 12/21/14   One of my annual goals is to read. I findContinue reading “11 Favorite Quotes from Classic Literature”

Best Books of 2014

Books are a uniquely portable magic. —Stephen King I agree with Stephen King, and all the other reading advocates out there — books make our world infinitely better, help us to understand other cultures and individuals, give us greater empathy, and make the world a better place. Books are unique, I believe, because while otherContinue reading “Best Books of 2014”

My 5 Favorite Books of 2014

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. —Frederick Douglass   Given my love of reading and books, I read a lot. Daily, while on the elliptical, in the car pickup line, before bed– and when I’m in the middle of a book I can’t put down, I read and read and walkContinue reading “My 5 Favorite Books of 2014”

Station Eleven, one of my favorite books of 2014

 “She tried to imagine and place herself in that other, shadow life. You walk into a room and flip a switch and the room fills with light. … When you’re in danger, you call for the police. Hot water pours from faucets. Lift a receiver or press a button on a telephone, and you canContinue reading “Station Eleven, one of my favorite books of 2014”

The Republic of Imagination: A Book Recommendation

“The American dream?” Later, I added: “The way we view fiction is a reflection of how we define ourselves as a nation. Works of the imagination are canaries in the coal mine, the measure by which we can evaluate the health of the rest of society.” -Azar Nafisi, The Republic of Imagination, page 13  Continue reading “The Republic of Imagination: A Book Recommendation”

5 Books to Pick Up and Love

I love to read, and have been reading a lot lately … books of all types. Classics, memoir, historical and contemporary literary fiction. I haven’t written about books I’ve loved lately, so this week, as I’m the team member at GreatNewBooks.org this week to recommend a book, I’m including 4 more here to make 5.Continue reading “5 Books to Pick Up and Love”

20 Minutes a Night: Why Reading is Important

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James BaldwinContinue reading “20 Minutes a Night: Why Reading is Important”