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Nordic Penelope

Oh, to be married in the Middle Ages! Your parents would select your spouse. Relatives and the local lord would consider and approve the choice; the clergy would do likewise and bless the bond before God and family, parish and town. You’d know what to expect about the rest of your life because . . . . Continue Reading »

Papa Don’t Preach

For about three years, I read fiction on my phone. I’d never done so before, and I haven’t since. I had to, during this period, because my wife and I were working our way through “The Neapolitan Quartet,” a series of novels by the Italian writer Elena Ferrante. The books were so readable . . . . Continue Reading »

Vice and Fire

A Song of Ice and Fire by george r. r. martin bantam, 5216 pages, $36.39 No English child will ever again experience, as I did, the joys of Arthur Conan Doyle’s great historical romances The White Company and Sir Nigel, set in the far-off fourteenth century. The remaining . . . . Continue Reading »

Little Books of the Prairie

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by caroline fraser metropolitan, 640 pages, $35 The Little House Books by laura ingalls wilder edited by caroline fraser library of america,  1,490 pages, $75 In 1937, during one of the few public appearances of her career, a . . . . Continue Reading »

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