The Old Ways

I went to the bookstore to buy Robert Macfarlane’s new book, Underland, and ended up with an older one instead — The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot. One of the surprises of my recovery from a concussion has been the rediscovery of walking or rather, of following paths, especially paths through trees. There is […]

The Goddess Chronicle

“You should read this,” she said as she handed me the Goddess Chronicle by Matsuo Kirino, translated by Rebecca Copeland (2013). My friend was down-sizing her library with a book give-away event and I was trying to avoid acquiring too many more books, but my curiosity was pricked by the recommendation of an author I […]

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney Fictional Lillian Boxfish is a re-imagining of the real life of Margaret Fishback. The main events on which the story hangs are real — Lillian’s career and her light verse are lifted out of Ms. Fishback’s papers, which author Kathleen Rooney studied, but the author’s skill in bringing […]