Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Monstrosity Gazette: A weekly smattering of all things literary...

Bookish Quote of the Week:

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life."

-Henry Ward Beecher


Today in Literary History...

On this day in 1749 the publication of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones was announced in "The General Advertiser," along with an apology: "It being impossible to get Sets bound fast enough to answer Demand for them, such Gentlemen and Ladies as please, may have them sew'd in Blue Paper and Boards, at the Price of 16s. a Set, of A. Millar over against Catharine-street in the Strand."

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Literary Pic:




Book on my Radar:
The Wives of Henry Oades
by Johanna Moran
Ballantine Books (Feb. 9, 2010)
384 pages
Historical Fiction

Summary in a Sentence:

Henry Oades and his family move to New Zealand in the late 1800s, where he has accepted a job, but when his wife Margaret and the children are kidnapped during a Maori uprising and presumed dead, Henry moves back to California where he marries Nancy, a young widow, and the couple is just starting to settle down when Margaret and the children show up, and Henry, Nancy, and Margaret are all charged with bigamy.

Read the Reviews: The Crowded Leaf | Jenn's Bookshelves | Devourer of Books


11 comments:

writergal said...

Amanda,
where do you find all the groovy book-related pics? They are great. Just by that cover, that book looks good.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Love the quote! Very true :)

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Amy,

Go to www.owlsquarepress.com and hide your credit cards before you visit! You will want to buy every poster LOL.

StephanieD said...

That's some ad for Tom Jones - basically, so many people want this book that we can't make them fast enough. I understand the appeal though; very racy book.

Suzanne said...

Ooh The Wives of Henry Oades sounds so interesting!I'm going to have to put it on my TBR list! And I better hide my credit cards too, because I love the posters too!:D

Have a great week!
Suzanne

StephTheBookworm said...

I love the literary pic! The quote is so true!

avisannschild said...

I was just about to say the same thing as Steph the Bookworm said... (I think I need an hour or two of reading...)

Jennifer said...

I just reviewed The Wives of Henry Oades and highly recommend reading it.

Alyce said...

I love the stress relief quote. I'm sure all bibliophiles feel that way though. :)

Eva said...

What a fun picture! I wish I had a poster of that on my wall. :D

Tracey said...

I love the poster and The Wives of Henry Oades sounds really intriguing. That one is definitely going onto my list. Thanks for writing about it - I hadn't heard of it before.

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