By Its Cover is a series of posts wherein I read a book solely on my love of the cover. No reading the jacket, no checking reviews! This is where I must confront my apparent obsession with books featuring elegantly dressed women on the cover. See here and here. Somewhere I read a phrase that this book was a “substantive beach read” which I thought to be an excellent turn of phrase and on which describes this book perfectly. It’s an easy to read page turner grounded in good writing, excellent dialogue (really, that can make or break a book) and a decently complex…

Read More By Its Cover: Tiny Little Things

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By Its Cover is a series of posts wherein I read a book based solely on my love of the cover. No reading the jacket, no checking reviews! I was pleasantly surprised by The Piano Teacher, by Janice Y. K. Lee. Lured by the graceful curve of a neck and the beautiful combination of colours, I found myself, unexpectedly, reading a book set in World War II. With a bit of a twist. A twist for me at any rate…while I have read many a book set in this time period, mostly in Britain, sometimes in France or Poland, I have…

Read More By Its Cover: The Piano Teacher

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I’m a huge fan of the flower still life paintings of the Dutch masters. Whilst my own world tends to be filled with muted tones and neutrals, I find the rich and vivid colours of those flowers set against a dark background, highlighting light and texture, to be just stunning. Hardly surprising then that this book cover would lure me in, not only for that gorgeous tulip but because the pages within seem to promise an historical setting. The title refers to an interesting in Holland’s economic history. Holland in the 1600s was experiencing a Golden Age. The creation of the…

Read More By Its Cover: Tulip Fever

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~Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk Kathleen Rooney Lillian Boxfish, aged 85, walks to Grimaldi’s for her annual New Year’s Eve dinner. She stops in at a bar beforehand, having decided to walk to the restaurant in an attempt to work up an appetite after munching on one too many Oreos. After dinner she makes an impromptu decision to walk to another restaurant which she has not visited since her divorce, which inspires contemplation about the life she has lived. Lillian’s character is based upon a real person — Margaret Fishback — a celebrated and successful writer in the advertising department at…

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