An Old-Fashioned Girl


Thumbs up for An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. Young adult.

So very earnest. That’s what I remember about Little Women, too; actually, that’s one of the things I liked most about Little Women. Sometimes I feel that there isn’t enough unabashed earnestness in books these days. The heroine is proper and warm-hearted and cheery and industrious and charitable etc.… >> Read more

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures


Thumbs up for What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell. Nonfiction essays.

I adore Gladwell’s three other books, but I was rather disappointed by this one. Not that it’s bad: Gladwell is still one of the best nonfiction writers in the world, and if he wrote cereal boxes I’d recommend them. I liked the first section quite a bit, which dealt with the stories of unexpected things and people (gourmet ketchup, hairdye, Ceasar Millan the dog trainer).… >> Read more

The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood (Outdoor Adventures (Katherine Tegen Books))


Thumbs up for The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood by Barb Bentler Ullman. Young adult.

A very cute story about a girl who moves with her recently-divorced mom to the country, and discovers something out of the ordinary. Well-written (for its age group), and perhaps more importantly, well-constructed; I was surprised to read in the back that it was the author’s first book.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery. Young adult.

All sorts of grim, melancholy and disfunctional Japanese literature have made my desires swing entirely in the opposite direction: in other words, romances. L. M. Montgomery is about as romantic as I can stand. I’d heard this one was particularly good, so I thought I’d give it a try.… >> Read more