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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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Luncheon of the Boating Party: A Novel by Susan Vreeland
Luncheon of the Boating Party: A Novel

Margaret Upshaw, April 13, 2008

Before you read Vreeland's excellent account of the
painting of The Boating Party, get as large a copy of
the masterpiece as you can find, because you are going to refer to it often. You will look at the painting to identify the fourteen people who are partying on the
Seine on a gorgeous summer day. You will search the painting for the details that Vreeland provides about
color, brushwork, structure and form. Best of all the
stories of the individuals in the painting, the description of late 19th century Paris and the joy of
watching Auguste Renoir create will cause you to love the painting even more after reading this historical fiction than you did before.
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The Blue Star by Tony Earley
The Blue Star

Margaret Upshaw, April 8, 2008

Not only did I return to the beauty of the North
Carolina mountains, but I learned that Jim the Boy
has become just the kind of decent, contemplative
young man the first novel suggested. Thanks, Tony
Earley. The Blue Star was even better than a reunion
with an old friend who remains every bit as enjoyable
as you remember. May the sequel come soon.

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The Other Side of the Bridge (Large Print) (Wheeler Hardcover)
The Other Side of the Bridge (Large Print) (Wheeler Hardcover)

Margaret Upshaw, March 13, 2008

Canadian novelist Mary Lawson describes small town living in Struan, Ontario in the 30's and the 50's and she does it well. The characters who seem deceptively simple lead gripping,human lives. So real that
days after finishing the novel, I find myself comparing
current events to situations in the novel, a fine
choice for discussion groups.
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The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Bad Girl

Margaret Upshaw, November 23, 2007

I turned pages in this novel with an eagerness not unlike its narrator's pursuit of the Bad Girl. The narrator meets the Peruvian beauty at a party when they are teenagers in Lima, and from the beginning both reader and narrator are captivated not only by
the Bad Girl, but also by place. Mario Vargas Llosa moves his narrative from South America to Europe to
Asia and back, giving the reader a virtual tour . Do not miss this
steamy trip.
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Strange as This Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake
Strange as This Weather Has Been

Margaret Upshaw, November 18, 2007

Ann Pancake's novel does it all. The characters are believable and compelling; the setting is effectively and accurately described; the language is rich and arresting ; and the theme demonstrates the horror and
greed of mountain top mining. This novel is one of
the most honest and powerful books I have ever read.
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