Posted on June 18, 2015 by pagesofjulia
Here is another that I cannot improve upon by commenting. Words and places, beautifully composed? I am sold. I’ve heard a lot about Robert Macfarlane but this short piece is all of his writing that I’ve actually read. Clearly I’ll need to find more.
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Posted on April 19, 2015 by pagesofjulia
This post is somewhat related to a an ongoing series.
Today is the 7th anniversary of my marriage to this handsome, supportive, bike-riding, brewing Husband.
On a far more sober note, some reading I did several months ago yielded these surprising coincidences. Also on April 19, in 1937:
- Picasso began to conceive & sketch his theme for a commissioned mural that would become Guernica;
- Canadian Norman Bethune resigned from the revolutionary blood transfusion organization he had founded & shaped in republican Spain; and
- sent by the Nazis, twelve newly designed Messerschmitt Bf 109s arrived in northern Spain to support Franco’s forces.
These are momentous events that shaped the Spanish Civil War and its place in history, and I was struck that a day so meaningful in my life would have such larger implications. I just wanted to share.
…Thanks to Hell and Good Company, a fine book by Richard Rhodes, for these timely details.
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Posted on March 5, 2015 by pagesofjulia
I began by thinking I could review this essay, but I can’t. Annie Dillard and the force of these words here are too much for my limited powers of communication. Read this and wonder.
(As usual from that excellent source of excellent things, Liz
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Posted on October 23, 2014 by pagesofjulia
It’s that time of year again: coming up! Gift reviews! Oh wait, I should explain. I was well into telling Husband about this year’s prospects for gift reviews with Shelf Awareness, when he stopped me to ask who they are gifts for. I see I was unclear. These books are sent to me for *special* gift reviews: meaning, they are reviewed for a Shelf Awareness special issue that reviews books that might be given as gifts in the holiday season. Often these are coffee table style books. I’ve been writing gift reviews for, oh, several years for the Shelf – you can see some here.
So I’m excited this year to have received three big, beautiful coffee table books for gift-reviewing. Husband mostly no longer gets excited for me when books come in the mail! so I especially wanted to share these with you.
Ships, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude by Richard Dunn and Rebekah Higgitt
For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw
by Nancy Marie Mithlo and the Smithsonian Institution
Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest
by Ian McAllister, with a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Beautiful, no? Reviews to come… oh, but if you want an early tip, let me say that I adored The Story of My Heart
by Richard Jefferies, republished with commentary by Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams. As just a tiny little book, both a pleasure to read and thought-provoking, and easily taken in small pieces, I think it would make an ideal stocking stuffer for… well, any number of different loved ones, really.
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