Sunday, July 18, 2010

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

Quote of the Week

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

—Walter Cronkite

Today in Literary History...

On this day in 1817, Jane Austen died, at the age of forty-one. She had been increasingly ill over the previous year and a half, probably from a hormonal disorder like Addison's Disease. Austen's devoted older sister, Cassandra, inherited all the author's papers, from which she expurgated some but not all of Jane's enduring wit and one-liners.

For more literary history, visit Today in Literature.

Book I'm eyeing this week:

by Kate Racculia
Published by Henry Holt, 2010

Summary in a Sentence:

Mona Jones, having created a simple and withdrawn life with her daughter Oneida and the four eclectic boarders at the Darby-Jones boardinghouse in Ruby Falls, New York, receives a visit from the distraught Arthur Rook who brings along a box of his deceased wife's mementos and a never-mailed postcard addressed to Mona which reveal details about Mona's friendship with the woman and a buried secret that changes their lives.

Read the reviews: 

Pudgy Penguin PerusalsBook Magic | The Burton Review


Lisa said...

Wonder if my hubby would think it was odd if I draped the front door in black crepe in memory of Ms. Austen today?

Marie Cloutier said...

Cronkite was right! :-)

Zibilee said...

Loved,loved loved that quote!

Eva said...

What a fun Etsy print! Makes me giggle. :D

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