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The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
The Privilege of the Sword

dmard, June 6, 2015

This is a very engaging concept of a girl being forced to dress as a boy and trained to be her odd uncle's protector. I really enjoyed grappling with the idea of a girl coming to terms with the strange reality forced upon her during a period when being able to see a woman's ankles or legs was scandalous. I could also appreciate that the girl was eventually able to feel a certain appreciation and even pride in herself in highly unusual circumstances. Unfortunately, as the main character's life goes from remarkable back to a completely ordinary life of a girl of her time, so goes the storyline. It could just have effectively been ended with, "and she lived happily ever after." It was a disappointing ending after having my expectations raised so high.
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Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
Loving Frank: A Novel

dmard, April 30, 2015

What a wonderful way to learn about historical people! Horan has taken the dry facts of Frank Lloyd Wright and breathed life into him and his long time partner who was an early feminist. It acknowledges the very real complexity of their lives without judgement.
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Wave by Suzy Lee

dmard, April 25, 2015

Great book without words. It's simply a young kid's day at the coast complete with a flock of seagulls, the waves of the ocean and imagination.
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Chalk by Bill Thomson

dmard, April 25, 2015

The ultimate wordless picture book. Chalk has gorgeous, realistic pictures, children who are culturally diverse, and a rich and ingenious story. Every child, every preschool and every kindergarten classroom should have this book.
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Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Under the Wide and Starry Sky

dmard, April 11, 2015

Absolutely fabulous read! It is historical fiction that reads like a lovely biography about the lives of of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny. Taken from the letters, diaries and known history of the couple, it reads like you are a fly on the wall of their amazing lives.

I had no particular interest in RLS and have never read one of his books, but the author's voice is that of a poet with a genuine appreciation for world travel and for the daily realities of marriage and life. I felt like I was traveling to Paris, London, Scotland and Samoa along with them.

This book is one that made me immediately search for more by Horan for my next read and to add RLS's books just underneath it in the pile.
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