Monthly Archives: August, 2012

The Ladies of Grace Adieu (and Other Stories)

“Little human child, the time has come to be afraid.” The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Susanna Clarke, the author of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Clarke uses the same setting (England) and theme (magic) of that novel to write these, although not all of her  …

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Beloved

“Her brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with the past and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, the next day. . . . Other people went crazy, why couldn’t she?” In Toni Morrison’s Beloved, an escaped slave named Sethe is haunted in the house of …

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Tender at the Bone

“Most mornings I got out of bed and went to the refrigerator to see how my mother was feeling . . . the more odd and interesting things were in the refrigerator, the happier my mother was likely to be.” In Tender at the Bone, chef Ruth Reichl describes her experiences with cooking, from her …

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The Use and Abuse of Literature

“The future importance of literary studies–and, if we care about such things, its intellectual and cultural prestige both among the other disciplines and in the world–will come from taking risks, not from playing it safe.” In The Use and Abuse of Literature, Harvard professor Marjorie Garber outlines the current state of literature–how it is used …

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