“Time is passing. Ever since I was little, I’ve been devouring books. Writers have given me permission to accept my wayward thoughts. They have shown me different ways of looking at the world. I am filled with words.”

I wrote the above paragraph a number of years ago in a story for a university non-fiction course.

“Lives do not serve as models,” Carolyn Heilbrun points out, “only stories do that. And it is a hard thing to make up stories to live by. We can only retell and live by the stories we have read or heard. We live our lives through texts.”

“Through literature I could call some other woman’s life into question, identify with its terms gradually, and discover in my own good time that I could write another life for myself.” (Nancy Mairs in Voice Lessons – a book I adore.)

NOTEWORTHY BOOKS (that I have just read)

“Remarkable Creatures” by Tracy Chevalier
Review by Ruth Padel of The Guardian, UK

“Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout
Review by Louisa Thomas of The New York Times

“Liars and Saints” by Maile Meloy
Review by John Freeman of The Independent, UK

“Shatter” by Michael Robotham
Review by Peter Millar of Times Online

“Open Secrets” by Alice Munro
Review by Susannah Clapp of The Independent, UK

“The Grand Babylon Hotel” by Arnold Bennett
The Literary Debate between Virginia Woolf and Arnold Bennett

“The Preacher” by Camilla Lackberg
Unfortunately I can find no review of this book. I ordered it as I’d been swept away by Stieg Larsson’s trio and thought I would try another Scandinavian author. The book was enjoyable enough but not as complex and exciting as Larsson’s.

“The Mistress of Nothing” by Kate Pullinger
Review by Erika Ritter of the Globe and Mail

“The Thirteen Tale” by Diane Setterfield
Summary and Reviews

“The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox” by Maggie O’Farrell
Review by Lesley McDowell of The Independent, UK

“Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
Review by Jennifer Egan of The New York Times

“The Ghost Brush” by Katherine Govier
Description by Harper Collins Canada (I always enjoy this author.)

“The Slap” by Christos Tsiolkas
Review by Jane Smiley of the Gardian, UK

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