Friday, October 09, 2009
Laurie Halse Anderson, Fever 1793. The yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia is one of the most interesting stories in American history and medical history. The account of Mattie Cook, her family, and their coffee shop during the epidemic was well-written, fascinating, and accurate (though fictional). I especially enjoyed the coffee shop and the depiction of Bush Hill. A young adult Bring Out Your Dead, really.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway. Luminous and beautiful language - I loved the breathless rush of thoughts. Clarissa Dalloway was perfect and refracted by everyone with clarity and brightness. The book was everything that Orlando could have been and wasn't.