This is a good, reliable, in-depth guide to the major cities of Quebec Province. It contains enough information for a longer visit than most tourists will be able to pay. Best of all are the many illustrations and the detachable pocket map of downtown areas. My husband and I just returned from Montreal and relied every day on this extremely detailed map.
Obviously there are hundreds of editions of Jane Eyre. I wanted this one because it included essays by critics. I found that the book contains one truly excellent essay, which is the essay written from a "deconstructionist" perspective. It was the first essay by a deconstructionist I've ever read, and it made more sense than I expected.
But if you want a critical edition of Jane Eyre with SEVERAL good essays in it, I recommend the Norton Critical Edition instead.
Editions of Jane Eyre are a dime a dozen, but this Norton Critical Edition is valuable for its modern essays by literary critics. While just slightly out of date because it includes few essays from the last 30 years, it is still a worthwhile reference---very thought-provoking.
Not the most intelligent of authors---plot details can be unnecessarily repetitive. Heavy-handed narrative. And yet these Ruth Galloway books are very enjoyable because the characters are so sympathetic.
Fascinating letters dated 1903-1922 by one of the great short story writers in the English language---Katherine Mansfield, who died in 1923 at age 34. She knew Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and other London literati.
A chronicle of the somewhat melancholy lives of Robert E. Lee's four daughters, none of whom ever married and one of whom predeceased him. The main reason for reading the book is to gain insight into the life of Confederate gentlewomen. The Lees, unlike Scarlett O'Hara, did not have to scrabble for rotten radishes; financially, they were better off than most Southerners during the war. But I suspect that the loss of their home and the difficulties of transportation and communication were all too typical.
This is not a multiple biography of famous people, because the Lee girls did little to make themselves remembered except on a local level. Rather, it is an interesting glimpse into the world they lived in.
Astonishing and riveting, not least because I am only 6 years younger than the author and grew up in the same small city.
1950s race relations (in the Midwest) and child poverty are large parts of Williams's memoir. This brilliantly written book may be the best I have obtained from paperbackswap in my 7 or 8 years as a member.
Neither a mystery nor a novel, exactly, but a combination of both. A light-hearted tribute to London itself, whimsical and original. If you liked Stevenson's later books on Elizabeth of Bohemia (the Winter Queen) and her descendants, you will LOVE this one. Very entertaining. Highly recommended.
I didn't know whether there was a real need for another biography of Louisa so soon after the award-winning Eden's Outcasts. But there is! The author has original thoughts to bring to the story, and handles Lizzie (Beth March) with particular sympathy and originality.
A typical Nativity set from the 1950s, simply designed but having much more "character" and less Disneyfication (if that's a word) than the paper Nativity sets you see for sale these days. Easy to punch out and assemble.
This is a terrific novel that deserves more readers. It's about a modern Englishwoman whose story is counterpointed against an imaginary episode in the life of Charlotte Bronte. It's funny, poetic, imaginative, and brilliant. A must read!