Author Archives: Laura

June 23

The Marriage Plot

Although it has spent a solid couple of years languishing on my bedside table, I finally picked up Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot a few days ago.  If I’ve done anything else the last few days, it has only been reluctantly, since this is a book I have despaired putting down and parting with, even […]

What are you reading this summer?

I have started so many posts for this blog in my head over the past few months.  A post about My Age of Anxiety, which I actually finished ages ago and would probably have to reread at this point to properly write about.  A post about Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine and another about Leslie Jamison’s The […]

April 20

Engraving in the 21st Century

When asked if I would review the new textbook on engraving, Design to Touch, written by Rose Gonnella and Erin Smith and published by the International Engraved Graphics Association (IEGA), I of course leapt at the chance. As someone enchanted by letterpress printing, I am equally fascinated by its sister art. Physically, the processes are […]

February 14

Love & Poetry

In honor of today, my favorite love poem:  number six from Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand Henceforward in thy shadow. Nevermore Alone upon the threshold of my door Of individual life, I shall command The uses of my soul, nor lift my […]

January 17

Speechless: Part II

When I heard Lynne was writing a post about wordless picture books, I knew I had to write a piggy-back post.  I fell in love with wordless picture books when my girls were old enough to handle books but a long way from being able to memorize and recite them.  While board books and picture […]

January 13

Lettered Ladies Book Club: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

I still can’t believe that Nina Sankovitch did what she did.  Reading a 250-300 page book every day — and then writing about it! — for an entire year seems frankly impossible to me.  Truly it does.  Lettered Lady Kate could totally do this.  She sacrifices no comprehension at all for her enviable speed, which […]

December 12

Hunkering Down with Holiday Picture Books

Down in our basement, along with the Christmas ornaments and tree skirt and advent calendars and various other household decorations, we keep a very special box labeled “Christmas Books.”  A while back, I decided that this stash would go away for eleven months of the year so that come December, these books would feel fresh […]