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The Dark Interval

The Dark Interval

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Random House via NetGalley. The heartfelt but philosophical nature of Rainer Maria Rilke’s writing always stands out to me, but it stands out more so in this collection focused on grief. The book’s editor did an impressive job of both organizing the letters with helpful introductions and contextualizing them in a Preface that I recommend readers not gloss over. I am not new to Rilke’s work, having read several of…

The Lady in Gold

The Lady in Gold

I did this the wrong way. I have been to Vienna and seen Klimt’s work in the Kunsthistoriches Museum. I have been to the Neue Galerie in New York City. I have always marveled at his masterpieces and admired the venues that displayed them. Never did I ever realize the deep and far reaching impact of his art and the people whose lives it touched until I read The Lady in Gold. I wish I had read this book before…

You Do You

You Do You

You Do You by Sarah Knight is an unabashed self help book of sorts in which the author illustrates how to have more self confidence and life a more fulfilling life. The book’s approach is a bit unorthodox, leveraging profanity and a unique candor that capture your attention and make you think twice about your perspectives. Knight drives readers to identify what truly makes them tick and to be proud of what makes them different or authentic. There’s room for…

Haunted Castles of England

Haunted Castles of England

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Llewellyn Publications via NetGalley. Haunted Castles of England promises to take readers on a jaunt across the nation, exploring a blend of famous and obscure residences in search of the supernatural. And while the title certainly follows through on its claim, I finished the work wanting more. If you are new to reading about British castles or history, then this book is a great introduction to the manors and mansions…

Let Me Tell You

Let Me Tell You

Let Me Tell You is a collection of previously unpublished essays, lectures and short fiction by Shirley Jackson. By nature, a book like this is hard to summarize since each piece has its own unique plot or approach. The selection was edited by her children, Laurence and Sarah, with items chosen for their tone and representation of Jackson’s approach to writing.   Take Aways Jackson Isn’t (Just) a Horror Writer I’ve read We Have Always Lived in a Castle and…