Sunday, November 15, 2015

Shelf Sightings: EDGAR

Saw these books displayed in the window of a used bookstore and went in to check them out.  I thought they were such adorable little jems that I ordered them from the library right away.

If the raven on the cover didn't give it away, each book is derived from an Edgar Allan Poe story. They're not sad or scary stories if that is what you were expecting.  They're actually short and sweet stories rooted in the actions of children.  Each one teaches a small lesson that is pertinent to growing up.  

Edgar: Gets Ready for Bed
written  by Jennifer Adams
illustrated by Ron Stucki

Little Edgar the Raven is a mischief maker.  Whether it's finishing his dinner, cleaning his room or bath time, he's always saying, "NEVERMORE!".  Luckily, his Mom knows exactly what to do.

This book was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven".

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Edgar: and the Tattle-Tale Heart
written  by Jennifer Adams
illustrated by Ron Stucki

Little Edgar the Raven is back again and still causing trouble.  In this new story, Edgar breaks a favorite statue belonging to his mother. Will Edgar tell his Mom the truth?

This book was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart".

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Edgar: and the Tree House of Usher
written  by Jennifer Adams
illustrated by Ron Stucki

Little Edgar the Raven is off to visit his friend Roderick at their tree house.  Lenore, Edgar's sister, wants to come along too.  However, Edgar says that girls are not allowed. As a storm builds, Edgar will realize things can only get better when you stick together.

This book was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher."

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And here's a little something for parents looking for insight into Poe's classic story, The Raven.  I love Thug Notes because it's humorous and at the same time really interesting.  Sparky Sweets breaks down literature into simple and easy to understand pieces and in my book? That's super valuable. He's just looking out for his well read hommies.

He's also done a bunch of other classics and some modern novels like Gone Girl.  I hope you'll check out the rest of the list.  NOTE:  Just letting you all know, it's definitely a series of videos for older teens and adults because there's implied language and some saucy references.  



Reading List: Lady Authors in Fiction

It's alluring, isn't it? To imagine the life of a writer now dead and gone.  What were they like? What was the world like in their time?  What heartbreak did they suffer?  What loves did they have?

In this list, I'll be making reading suggestions based on that idea: fiction about real female authors. Start anywhere.  Just pick an author and go for it.

Louisa May Alcott

The Revelation of Louisa May
by Michaela MacColl

The summer her mother leaves them to find work, Louisa must step in and run the household.  But this summer will be full of the unexpected with a murder mystery, a fugitive and a budding romance.


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The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
by Kelly O'Conner McNees

In the summer of 1885, Louisa May Alcott falls in love but at the same time she must make a hard decision.  Should she stay in New Hampshire with the man she's fallen for? Or should she follow her dreams of being a writer to Boston?

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Charlotte Brontë


Becoming Jane Eyre
by Sheila Kohler

We meet the Brontë family in 1846.  Penniless and seemingly dogged by tragedy,  the family lives out on a parsonage on the cold Yorkshire moors.  There is nothing to save them from their situation...except the collective talent that Charlotte, Anne and Emily share for writing.

We meet Charlotte as she writes her most beloved book, Jane Eyre.

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Romancing Miss Bronte
by Juliet Gael

Life was full of potential and hope while Charlotte was studying abroad. Despite returning home to take care of her sick father, Charlotte refuses to admit defeat.  She and her sisters have a talent for writing that will lift them out of their tragic circumstances.

Charlotte's own novel, Jane Eyre, becomes a sensation and thrusts her into the center of London society.  There she meets her new publisher, someone she never wants to part with.

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The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte
by Syrie James

Living on the isolated Yorkshire moors with her family, Charlotte doesn't let tragedy and disappointment crush her spirit.  It is in her diary where she writes her true feelings and her passionate hopes.  The pages reveal her inspirations, her sorrows, her secret attachment to a man she can never be with and her love for a man named Arthur Bell Nicholls.

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Emily Bronte

Emily's Ghost
by Denise Giardina

Emily is known amongst her sisters for doing whatever pleases her.  She isn't one for society's conventions or expectations.  Life on the moors continues mundanely until the arrival of a new clergyman named William Weightman. He's charming, opinionated and vivacious.  Soon Weightman and Emily become good friends and then more.

But when tragedy again strikes, what will become of them then?

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The World Within
by Jane Eagland

When Emily's father falls ill, it seems the entire family goes its separate ways. Charlotte is sent away to school.  Anne becomes absorbed with her own concerns.  Even their brother Branwell no longer has time to spend with his sisters.  Emily feels increasingly alone with no one to talk to discuss her insecurities and fears with.

Will Emily learn to accept life's tragedies and recognize her own strength?

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Emily and Charlotte Bronte


Always Emily
by Michaela MacColl

Despite being so different from one another, Charlotte and Emily must band together to find a link between a series of burglaries and the suspicious death of a neighbor.  They must untangle fact from fiction, especially, when a mysterious stranger appears on the moors.

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Emily Dickinson


Miss Emily
by Nuala O'Connor

Ada Concannon has just been hired as a maid for the highly respected and unconventional Dickinson family. Despite everything, Ada forms a strong friendship with the eldest daughter, Emily. Her new friend is unlike anyone she's ever known.  Emily is a writer who avoids society and prefers the solitude offered by her parent's estate. However when Ada's safety is threatened, Emily will have to face her fears to help her dearest friend.

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Honorable Mention

This one is an honorable mention because it is Non Fiction.  However, I really wanted to include it because it involves the Bronte sisters.  And if you're sick of reading fiction about them, here's a biography about them. 

The Bronte Sisters
by Catherine Reef

In this biography of the Bronte sisters, Catherine Reef reveals insightful information about each sister, their respective novels and the stifling world they lived in.  However oppressive their circumstances, they shared an amazing genius for writing. 

This book also contains their poetry and wonderful archival images.

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I just had to add this one because I thought it was so cool.  If you don't want a typical Bronte biography, this next book will pique your interest then.

The Bronte Cabinet
by Deborah Lutz

In this biography on the Brontes, Deborah Lutz does something different.  She reveals their stories through the items they left behind.  Objects like miniature books, walking sticks, portable writing desks, jewelry and letters all tell a story about their world.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Daunting Note















Hello readers,

Things are going to be happening to the blog.  A little maintenance.  A little polishing.  I've had this blog for a long time and I think it's only right that I should go back through my posts and fix a few things.  I'll still be making new posts so watch out for those too.