Category Archives: Books

Gaskell and Dickens

A couple years ago, Javamom shared this interesting find:: I was ever so excited when I found the Norton Critical Edition of North and South at our library last week. In it are letters from Charles Dickens to Mrs. Gaskell, as some of her work was printed by Dickens, in serial form (in weekly, numbered […]

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Keystone Habits, Routines, And a Giveaway!

Ironically enough, despite this post’s ties to the new year, goals, resolutions, and all that jazz, it’s something I’ve been meaning to write about since early December. Perhaps it’s better that things didn’t work out for posting until now; early December is rather a rush toward the end of the year for many of us, […]

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1984 is Here

According to this article,  new education ‘guidelines’ require teachers to pull more than half of the reading assignments for high school from… what? Dickens? Austen? No, of course not.  Not even Bradbury, Tolkien, Rowling, or a Stephen King.  The new Common Curriculum requires that high school students read- for literature- ‘informational texts.’ Literacy experts point […]

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The Rosemary Tree

The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge This book is a numinous book, a sort of Green Knowe for grown ups. Snippets, and these aren’t even the best parts: Here a young teacher (just 20) at her first job is pondering that funny thing called human nature and making some less than flattering discoveries about herself […]

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Vintage Reading List

BOOKS AND READING LIST OF ONE HUNDRED BEST BOOKS BY SIR JOHN LUBBOCK BART M.P. ETC from The House and Home: A Practical Book By Lyman Abbott   Among other books most frequently recommended are Goldsmith’s Vicar of Wakefield, Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, The Arabian Nights, Don Quixote, Boswell’s Life of Johnson, White’s […]

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