The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj

The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj by Anne de Courcy Harper, 2014 335 pages To know me is to know that I am somewhat obsessed with Victorian England. I picked up a copy of A Christmas Carol at age 7, was mesmerized by the imagery and language and characters, and never looked back. Since … Continue reading The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj

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The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston; ill. by Barbara Clooney Dial, 1989 32 pages Christmas is a tricky holiday. Commercialization is not exactly a new problem (the Victorians sent cards, gave presents, and decorated their department stores, too), but it is a pervasive and pressing one, particularly where children are concerned. … Continue reading The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum; ill. W. W. Denslow George M. Hill Company, 1900 280 pages (Numerous contemporary editions are available, including a beautiful centennial edition issued by HarperCollins and an annotated edition issued by Norton.) MGM's 1939 film The Wizard of Oz is so ubiquitous--such a cornerstone of American pop … Continue reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson; ill. by Terry Widener Atheneum BFYR, 2003 40 pages I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley in the 1980s, a good decade for Southern California baseball. My grandparents were Angels fans, but the Dodgers were the team of choice for me and my … Continue reading Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings