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CollectionsYour library (2,753), Historical Fiction (422), Classic Fiction (164), General Fiction (670), Persephone Classics (27), Drama (143), Short Stories (14), Poetry (51), Shakespeare (170), Early Modern (non-Shakespearean) (91), English History (84), Literary Studies (196), Biography (150), Nonfiction (60), Cookbooks (108), Virago Modern Classics (352), Audiobooks (249), Kindle (35), Writing Books (7), Creative Writing (12), Read but unowned (779), Currently reading (1), To read (5), Wishlist (202), Favorites (97), All collections (3,021)

Reviews493 reviews

TagsFiction (1,264), given away (773), British (751), 20th Century (493), 20th century (378), American (348), Historical Fiction (172), Virago Modern Classic; given away (165), Nonfiction (150), Literary Criticism (149) — see all tags

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About meI teach 16th and 17th British literature, particularly drama. I read a lot of fiction--historical novels set in many places and time periods, contemporary British fiction, classics, and more. Fiction keeps me sane in the midst of reading stacks of freshman essays!

I have started to write a historical novel, something I've wanted to do for a long, long time.

Currently Reading:

Best of 2014 (in order read, most recent first):
Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Family Life by Akhil Sharma
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (reread)
Restoration by Rose Tremain (reread)
Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search by Martin Sixsmith
Astray by Emma Donoghue

Best of 2013 (in order):
Transatlantic by Colm McCann
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
Merivel: A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
Honour by Elif Safak
Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
The Cooked Seed: A Memoir by Anchee Min
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Best of 2012:
The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
I Cannot Tell a Lie, Exactly by Mary Ladd Gavell
NW by Zadie Smith
The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Wild Dogs by Helen Humphreys
March by Geraldine Brooks
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Imagined Lives by John Banville, Tracy Chevaliler, Julian Fellowes, Alexander McCall Smith, Terry Pratchett, Sarah Singleton, Joanna Trollope, and Minette Walters
Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Five Bells by Gail Jones
The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope

Best of 2011:
There but for the by Ali Smith
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
Coventry by Helen Humphreys
The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit by Michael Zadoorian
The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys
An Unsuitable Attachment by Barbara Pym
A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark
If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black
Partitions by Amit Majmudar
Detroit Tales by Jim Ray Daniels
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark
Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durow
Elizabeth I: A Novel by Margaret George
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
Wait for Me! Memoirs of Deborah Devonshire
All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
Best Re-reads: The Hours by Michael Cunningham, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Best of 2010:
Don't Cry: Stories by Mary Gaitskill
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Serious Men by Manu Joseph
Miss Buncle's Book by D. E. Stevenson
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
Solar by Ian McEwan

Best of 2009:
The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys
The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
The Autobiography of Henry VIII, with Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Stephen Galloway
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell
Regeneration by Pat Barker
No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

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About my libraryMost of the books in my LT catalogue are for my leisure reading. I have barely begun to add scholarly books related to my research and teaching.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Anglophiles, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Audiobooksshow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Nadeem Aslam, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Pat Barker, Geraldine Brooks, E. L. Doctorow, Roddy Doyle, Theodore Dreiser, George Eliot, Sebastian Faulks, E. M. Forster, Jane Gardam, Elizabeth Gaskell, Stephen Greenblatt, Kate Grenville, Thomas Hardy, Seamus Heaney, Edward Hirsch, Helen Humphreys, Henry James, Ha Jin, Ben Jonson, Galway Kinnell, Karleen Koen, Milan Kundera, Hari Kunzru, Jhumpa Lahiri, D. H. Lawrence, Chang-Rae Lee, Hilary Mantel, Christopher Marlowe, John Marston, Valerie Martin, Ian McEwan, Thomas Middleton, Lorrie Moore, Jude Morgan, Maggie O'Farrell, Barbara Pym, Michèle Roberts, Salman Rushdie, Simon Schama, Rachel Seiffert, Vikram Seth, William Shakespeare, Joan Silber, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Muriel Spark, David Starkey, D. E. Stevenson, Tom Stoppard, Elizabeth Taylor, Rose Tremain, Anthony Trollope, John Webster, Alison Weir, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, August Wilson, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

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Real nameDeborah

LocationChambersburg, PA

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Member sinceJun 17, 2007

Currently readingHistory of the Rain: A Novel by Niall Williams

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So Fergus did find a new home. I'm glad: he's cute. Gorgeous collection of feline photos. I've had great time browsing through it. Greetings from another cat lover.
Gret review of The Goldfinch. I'd never heard of Tartt, but I'll be on the lookout for a copy now in my haunts.
As always, a nice review of the new Lahiri - I love her writing and your review prods me to get a copy of this one. Interestingly, the plot sounds similar to another novel I've read recently but I can't put my finger on it at the moment - two brothers, one a radical and one not and set in India; in this one, there is an attempt of the other brother to help the radical brother's wife. I can't think of it right now. Anyway, always glad to read your reviews.
Vey nice review of the Atkinson - I'm always interested in the current, more mainstream books you read. I really enjoyed the Jackson Brodie from Atkinson; I find her a very creative and unique writer.
Hi Deborah,

Thanks for your comments re: my review of No Fond Return of Love. Thanks to the Barbara Pym Centenary in the Virago group, I have become a big fan. So I am reading one per month and although I probably should be holding some back I don't think I can stop. Apparently I've become addicted haha. I can't say which is my favorite yet because I've liked them all (Less than Angels a little less than the others).

Hi Deborah,

Have you read her other novels, Life Class and Toby's Room? I was searching her name in Amazon and pulled up these other 2 books. They both sound really interesting and I plan on reading them after I finish the Regeneration trilogy.

I did read somewhere that she'd won the Booker Prize for The Ghost Door. That's actually what made me pick this trilogy to read this year, because I had planned to read 4 Booker prize winning titles as part of a challenge this year. I'm so glad I picked WWI and Booker Prize winners as a couple of my challenges this year because I'm not sure I would have gotten to Pat Barker quite so soon.

Hi Deborah, Thank you for the thumbs up. I did not know that Pat Barker is a woman. Thanks for that nugget.

I loved 'Regeneration' and can't wait to get to 'The Eye in the Door' and 'The Glass Door' to finish the trilogy. If they're as good as the first, this would definitely make it to my top 5 list of trilogies. It has everything. Well researched historical facts brought to life and given color with believable conversations and additional characters. I'm sure your class is going to enjoy this.

Thanks -- I'll write those down in my reading notebook. You remind me that I saw the film version of Othello that came out 10 or so years ago.
Hi, Deborah! So I finally finished Macbeth and loved it. So glad I read it with Nina and helped her study a bit (and in a few years, I'll read it again with Charlotte). So I've done a goodly smattering of sonnets, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, 12th Night, the Tempest, Measure for Measure, & the Winter's Tale, and I've seen Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummers Night's Dream, & the Merry Wives of Windsor. Am I missing anything really wonderful or important? I realize I've completely missed the historical plays, but I don't even know where to begin with them. I'm not really looking for a reading assignment, but I'm wondering if there are any important gaps in my knowledge.
Good morning Deborah. I am on the hunt for the Sarah Churchill bio but have forgotten which author you and CurrerBell thought would be best for me. Could you help me out here?
Hope you are having a great day. My Football allstar has said he would be happy for me to miss his playoff game in order to be able to attend the Joplin meet-up so am saving my nickels and dimes. Any chance you may be there?
I love your cat pictures. Fergus has beautiful blue eyes!
Thanks fr the compliment on the Hero's Walk reivew - I consider that very high praise. I am sorry to hear you didn't think as much of the other Badami books. I'm on the lookout for some now to see what I think.
Thanks or the Hitchens review. I keep picking that up but not buying it.
Great reviews the Li book. I love these kinds of books/stories. I'm looking out for that title and author now. Made e think of The Woman from Shanghai, a non-fiction that was published as fiction. Very hard to read but rewarding because of the author.
Cariola, I've been following you for the last five years or so, mostly through the 75'er threads. But this year, I am trying to be more economical with my internet time, and I'm really more interested in the reviews and books than the more social elements of the 75'er groups. I found I spent much to much time reading all of the comments on endless threads. I hope to write a lot more this year and spend less time doing other things that seem to suck my time away. But you are a thoughtful reader and reviewer, even if I don't always agree with you - though, that is the point, I think. You, along with a few others and a couple of good lists, have greatly expanded my reading life, and, hopefully, my writing life.
There is. Do this:

1. Click on the tab "your books".

See where it says "edit styles" (on one of the top bars)?
2. Click on the cog wheel (edit view styles/after A, B, C, D, E).
3. Make one of your options (from the drop down menu) "rating"
4. Click "save changes".

Go back to the tab "your books".
5. Click on "rating" once or twice. Use the option that brings the five star ratings to the top.

Hope that helps! :)

Hi Deborah, Thanks for your comments about Gillespie and I. Actually, when I went to look at your review I remembered that I had read it in Belletrista some time ago. Your review was excellent and you managed to do what I couldn't figure out how to do which was to review the book w/o giving away too much. I hope all the people who tell me that I convinced them to read the book aren't disappointed.

I see some of my favorites among your favorites above, especially Gail Jones, Helen Humphreys and a few others including Cutting for Stone. The Cellist of Sarajevo, and In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. I hope you like Wolf Hall as much as I did.

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Oh, I love this one! Beautiful photo of a beautiful cat.
Deborah, if the touchstones are not working, just use a regular HTML link. That will always work (and it's easy). The only thing is that you won't have the books listed in the right-hand column.

When the touchstones don't work, I don't use any link for the book, but I do link the author if I can. From the author is a quick jump to the book. I can't stand to fool with touchstones too much. As Tim might say, it's fiddly. :)

Loved your review of All Passion Spent. Especially was touched and had similar feelings about your personal comments. KUDOS!
Thanks for the lovely comments in your review of Conceit, Cariola. Very much appreciated!
Mary Novik

Be sure to check the video with Peter Trippi narrating the paintings, found on the right hand side of the site. It is fascinating!

I thought of you when I visited this site.
Refusing to ship internationally obviously touches a raw nerve for some moochers. I thought some of the comments following your post were extremely smug and self-righteous. You have an amazing record on Bookmooch; I was feeling a little smug at having 180 points (most of them earned from sending internationally!) but you beat me hollow.

I don't often post anything that might be seen as contentious as I hate the arguments that sometimes develop in online discussion groups, partly, I think, because the nuances of speech aren't always apparent in the written word - my written opinions and explanations often don't come out the way I want - but I was incensed by the way all the comments seized upon what I saw as a minor (and reasonable) point in your post.

Hello Cariola
Have you looked into Phillip Burton's: YOU,MY BROTHER? A novel based on the lives of Edmund & William Shakespeare. P.B. was an early mentor to Richard Jenkins who went on to have a pretty fair career as an actor, etc.
Hallo, don't wish to impose, but I notice that you're currently reading North and South. This morning's Guardian has an article by Jenny Uglow that might interest you...
All the best, Carolyn
We have some wonderful historical novels in common, and I enjoy Jude Morgan's books as well. (He's written many other historicals as T.R. Wilson, if you're not familiar with his earlier work.)
If you decide to take a look at my historical fiction guide, I hope you enjoy it!
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