Books You May Have Missed2022-05-16T22:39:47+00:00

Books You May Have Missed

The Vagabond, by Colette

I obtained the book you see pictured here so long ago that, when I read it last week, I had to read in short bursts and take Benydril, because the invisible mold on its pages afflicted my sinuses. Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette, born in Burgundy, France in 1873, published The [...]

Best War Novels

The tragedy of Russia's invasion of Ukraine sent me to my bookshelves this morning to look for and remember the novels about war that I thought were worth keeping and treasuring. Here's the list. Tolstoy's War and Peace Eric Maria Remarque's All Quiet on The Western Front Hemingway's A [...]


I hate to think of what I would have missed if my daughter had not given me this unusually structured, magnificent novel for Christmas, 2021. It was published in 2017. That I had never heard of it is, to me, like being the geologist who didn’t notice an earthquake [...]

THE TRANSIT OF VENUS, by Shirley Hazard

“They were natural and supernatural, in that blank space, like amorous figures from mythology.”     When I was a teenager, in thrall to my hormones, I couldn’t imagine a more enthralling love story than Romeo and Juliet. Then I went to college where I succumbed to English professors’ groupthink that Pride [...]


A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, BY JAMES AGEE, PUBLISHED IN 1938 There are two tragedies associated with this Pulitzer Prize winning novel: the death that is central to the story and the fact that the novel had to be published, and the prize awarded, posthumously. Agee’s fatal heart attack, [...]

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