I was working in a bookstore when Tana French’s first novel, In The Woods, came out and made a huge splash. It won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. It’s hard to believe that was almost 10 years ago and she’s now published her fifth novel. […]
Last night Laura and I attended Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour. I’ve toured Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house before, but Laura had not. She is not a fan of spooky things, but does admire Stowe and went along with me since this wasn’t going to be a haunted […]
I first drove past the Chester Public Library a couple years ago when we were visiting CT from IL, looking at houses. Since we’ve moved to the area I’ve driven past it several more times, but always when it was closed or when we were on a mission. […]
When TLC Book Tours asked if I’d be interested in reading Gutenberg’s Apprentice I was in the midst of planning a road trip in Germany. The book arrived a few days before I left on my trip, so I took it along. It was a fabulous experience to […]
One thing I love about old books is the deep impression left on the page by each letter of the press. Don’t you want to run your fingers over this page and feel the letters? Thankfully, this book is behind glass at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum and […]
My Thinning Years is a well written and engaging memoir. As a little boy Jon Derek Croteau liked to play dress up and hang out with the girls. He was always a disappointment to his atheletics-obsessed father who berated him for being unmanly. His mother was sympathetic and […]
Stamped image on the first edition (1948) cloth cover of The Old Beauty and Others by Willa Cather. WSC stands for Willa Sibert Cather, but what is the meaning behind the imagery?