big magic elizabeth gilbert

I know of Elizabeth Gilbert from her Eat, Pray, Love success.  The cover of her latest book Big Magic completely drew me in and then the “Creative Living Beyond Fear” subtitle really spoke to me too.  I consider myself a creative person (but really we all are) and I always have my hand in some […]

2015 National Book Award Winners

The 2015 National Book Awards were announced last night.  It may or may not come as a surprise to you that the Fiction winner is Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson.  His 2013 novel The Orphan Master’s Son won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize so when I saw his latest book on the shortlist I had a […]

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lilolia tbr chronicles

  This month has been a bit of a quiet month for new additions to my TBR list.  I have only one new book; The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, which looks interesting.  “In The Happiness Hypothesis, psychologist Jonathan Haidt exposes traditional wisdom to the scrutiny of modern science, delivering startling insights. We learn that virtue […]

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neustadt prize

Congratulations to Dubravka Ugrešić the 2016 Neustadt Laureate   You may or may not have heard of Ugrešić, here is an excerpt from the Neustadt blog article about her: “Born in the former Yugoslavia and now residing in Amsterdam, Ugrešić is considered one of Europe’s most distinctive novelists and essayists. Marked by a combination of […]

why read the classics italo calvino

Many of us have a few classic books on our TBR lists.  Some of us are taking on reading challenges to get really stuck into the classics.  The classics are the creme of the crop, the monuments of literature that weather the passing of time, and so they are a goal toward which many a […]


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