No surprise, we are an eclectic group of readers who have found our way to Emilie Loring! Here are our survey results: How old were you when you read your first Emilie Loring book? Sixty percent of us had read an Emilie Loring book before our twentieth birthday. AND at every decade, Emilie Loring has … More How We Got Here: Our Survey Results
For most of her career, Emilie Loring lived on Boston’s Beacon Hill and wrote at the Boston Athenaeum, a private library with a long history. This year, her great-granddaughter Kate and I visited. In Emilie Loring’s Footsteps We take the elevator together to the storied fifth floor. The doors open, and we read the sign. … More Found: Emilie Loring at the Boston Athenaeum
Tim Grant is the new director of the college Science Center. A bachelor, he requires the assistance of a hostess and hires Sophy Brandt, a widow in her sixties with a reputation for skillful entertaining and an organized household. All goes well, except: He cleared his throat and settled his tie… “You’re a bachelor’s dream, … More That Hideous, Yellow Bang
This is a 1939 ad from the Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer. Spencer’s sold used books and rented books at what seem to us now as incredibly cheap prices. Three cents a day to rent a book? But remember when this was. The nation had just come through the Great Depression, and families were still getting their … More Up-to-the-Minute Books Are Here!
Have you ever gotten impatient with a descriptive passage, wondered why it seemed to go on and on, maybe skipped over part of it to get on with the story? Try to describe something at length to your friends, and it can be a conversation ender. We’ve all been there. We’re hungry for the witty dialogue … More About Those Lengthy Descriptions
Books reflect the characters of the people who write them. Their language and tone, their themes and plot lines, the experience awaiting inside a book’s cover, all depend on the author. Of course, the rest takes place inside the reader, when the author’s words combine with the reader’s imagination, character, experience, and thoughts. That’s how we … More An Author’s Voice is the Key to Many Doors
“Hardly anyone remembers Steve Jobs anymore, but in the age of electronic computing, he was iconic.” This introduction hasn’t been written yet, but it will be. Fame is fleeting. The heroes of one generation, however high they fly, are unknown to the next. Tell me something about the life of Johannes Gutenberg. And then Petrache … More Fame is Fleeting; Appreciation Doesn’t Have to Be